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Old 09-06-2019, 07:57 PM #76
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2 - POSSIBLE BIG NEWS MAYBE A FUTURE TSB!?!

Look what is NOW available for 5th gens... STEERING WHEEL DAMPER:

2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium Steering Wheel Damper. Damper, Steering SHAKE. Brakes, Suspension - 4571360070 - Genuine Toyota Part

This steering wheel damper was only still available for 4th gens when I looked for one 2 months ago.

The dealership is now waiting on this part to arrive. The bad news is that they have no ETA yet as I assume I must be one of the first to receive it from Japan.
While I don't have the steering wheel shakes anymore, I still feel some buzz on the steering wheel. I'm not sure if I have some other problem or it is just the tread of the KO2 tires causing because it depends on the road surface.

I went ahead and ordered the 45713-60070 damper to see if it will help. It was only $20 because of the labor day coupon code from Toyota. I ordered it 3 days ago and surprisingly it shipped today.
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While I don't have the steering wheel shakes anymore, I still feel some buzz on the steering wheel. I'm not sure if I have some other problem or it is just the tread of the KO2 tires causing because it depends on the road surface.

I went ahead and ordered the 45713-60070 damper to see if it will help. It was only $20 because of the labor day coupon code from Toyota. I ordered it 3 days ago and surprisingly it shipped today.
Be sure to let us know how it goes!
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Be sure to let us know how it goes!
I tried to install the steering wheel damper today. After removing the air bag, here is what I surprisingly found.

The Good News
It already comes from the factory with the damper. It looks exactly like the one I bought, even to the paint markings.

The Bad News
There is one less solution to the problem.

However Iím not sure if all 5th gens come from the factory with the damper or it started at a certain year.

So that was a waste of $20
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I tried to install the steering wheel damper today. After removing the air bag, here is what I surprisingly found.

The Good News
It already comes from the factory with the damper. It looks exactly like the one I bought, even to the paint markings.

The Bad News
There is one less solution to the problem.

However Iím not sure if all 5th gens come from the factory with the damper or it started at a certain year.

So that was a waste of $20
Interesting comment about the KO2s. Did you have that buzz before the KO2s? And what suspension do you run?

I always had a steering buzz with KO2s on my Subaru and never with my DD tires. It was obviously the tires as my KO2 was a trip tire so I switched regularly and it was definitely related to the tires. But the KO2s were also LTD and very heavy compared to the stock tire so I never really thought of attributing the buzz to the tread.
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I tried to install the steering wheel damper today. After removing the air bag, here is what I surprisingly found.

The Good News
It already comes from the factory with the damper. It looks exactly like the one I bought, even to the paint markings.

The Bad News
There is one less solution to the problem.

However Iím not sure if all 5th gens come from the factory with the damper or it started at a certain year.

So that was a waste of $20
Bummer! Thanks for trying and posting your findings for us.
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Interesting comment about the KO2s. Did you have that buzz before the KO2s? And what suspension do you run?

I always had a steering buzz with KO2s on my Subaru and never with my DD tires. It was obviously the tires as my KO2 was a trip tire so I switched regularly and it was definitely related to the tires. But the KO2s were also LTD and very heavy compared to the stock tire so I never really thought of attributing the buzz to the tread.
I had stock Dunlop AT20 and Goodyear Ultraterrains. Both tires gave the steering wheel shakes. The BFG KO2 gives no shakes but some buzzing which is still much better than before.

Suspension is still all stock.
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Bummer! Thanks for trying and posting your findings for us.
I wonder if people with other years can remove their air bag and check. It is held in place by only 2 torx screws.
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Did not read this entire tread but when I installed my OEM cross bars on my roof rack I immediately got steering wheel vibration at highway speeds. I plan on removing them soon.
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New to the forum, first post. Looking to purchase a 2019 Limited for a cross country trip and wherever after that. Worked for the big three in powertrain, worked in the off-road transmission and axle business.

This stuff happens. I’ve seen models shipped with lead wrapped steering columns to conceal the vibration. Much like a steering dampener “fix”. A lot could cause a vibration. But, I’ve read this has been going on for near 15 years with the same widespread fixes and, often no resolution. This I have never seen. The problems get fixed, usually during the first year of production.

It’s discussed at times as a right of passage to 4Runner ownership. How widespread is this issue? I’ll be spending a lot of time on highways, probably often in the 60 - 70 mph range. And I’m certainly not inclined to spend my life at dealers along the way. I’ve owned Cherokee's and GC's along with 30 years of driving German cars. I'm quite familiar with spending time at dealers and Lemon Law settlements. I’m buying a Toyota first and foremost for reliability. As in no unscheduled stops due to the vehicle. Is this vibration issue something that I should pretty much count on?
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