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Old 01-12-2014, 11:00 AM   #2041
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Adam you still debating the glassworks up front?
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Definitely. Been watching for a deal while I save up to paid full retail.
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Solid axles are a fad for these trucks. Just my opinion but a lot of people that do the swap are doing it for the "bling" factor, not because they really NEED it.

Moab and the Rubicon can both be done with IFS. Only the very gnarliest of the trails in Moab would a Solid Axle help. All the rest of them can be done. I've done the Rubicon too but not in this truck. But on one of the trips we had a '96 extra cab with a 2.5" lift and 32's. He did just fine. On another trip we had 2 '89 pickups with IFS and 32's and they all did fine on the Rubicon. I'd wouldn't hesitate one second to take my truck the way it is on the Rubicon. Just haven't had the chance to get out there yet.

I believe more in driver skill than I do equipment. I've been embarrassed before by some old dude in a basically stock rig. He just knew how to drive it.

I'm not against solid axles, 4 out of the 5 wheeling rigs I've had were solid axles. I know the strengths and the weaknesses. I am just convinced that they aren't as necessary as people think for 90% of the trails that people do. If I were you I'd wheel your rig with IFS and just get some seat time and more experience as a driver. You can never have too much seat time. You'll know when you really NEED a solid axle, and my bet is it won't be for quite a while.

I doubt my truck will ever get a solid axle. I just don't use the truck in a way that would require it. Only if it was a hard core dedicated rock-crawler would it justify a solid axle. I've spent years rock-crawling. I enjoy it, but it not the kind of wheeling I do that much anymore. And my truck does it pretty well as it is when I need it to. Does it flex as well as a SAS truck? Nope. Is the front axle as strong? Nope. Doesn't matter to me. It just changes how you drive a little which isn't always a bad thing.

I don't have any problems with anyone wanting to do a SAS. If you want a serious rock-crawler, it's a great mod to do. Solid axle, crawl box, front and rear lockers, big-ass tires. That's the stuff you need for a really good rockcrawler. I guess I've "been there done that" and I'm interested in other things more now.
Very well said Adam. Love the knowledge you provide. Thank you!
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I have found that a locker helps make up for the lesser articulation to a certain extent. After reflecting on past experiences and that it is getting to house buying time, I've decided the truck is good enough and plenty of projects I want to do to it still. I miss the articulation of my old XJ but a money pit can be as deep as you want it with lesser and lesser return.
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PS: Hey Adam, not sure you saw my post about the CV axle nut socket. Can you verify you used a 36mm? Mine uses a 35mm and trying to figure out the difference. Going to measure the socket here to verify.
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My 03 has a 36mm if it helps...
Original cv from factory.as far as I know.
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:35 PM   #2047
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PS: Hey Adam, not sure you saw my post about the CV axle nut socket. Can you verify you used a 36mm? Mine uses a 35mm and trying to figure out the difference. Going to measure the socket here to verify.
Positive that I used a 36mm socket
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:43 PM   #2048
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When we have run the Rubicon we usually do it over 3 days. We would either camp the first night at Spider Lake or Buck Island Lake, and spend the second night at Rubicon Springs. The Rubicon can be done as a day trip but it's much more enjoyable IMO as a multiday trip.

Dragging a trailer through it would be a LOT of work. When I built my trailer, I built it specifically to be able to pull it through the Rubicon. However, even though the trail COULD do it, doesn't mean it wouldn't be a major pain.

I'm gonna be straight with you. You would need to fully plan on body damage on your truck. A DCLB is a BIG truck on the Rubicon. You can do it, but you'll drag all over and the bedsides will find some rocks. And your trailer is a bit bigger and could make it a bit trickier too.

Honestly, if I were you I'd just figure out a bedrack and put your tent on the truck and run the Rubicon without the trailer. But don't let me stop you if you want to do it with the trailer.
Thanks for the info. Will probably put the tent on the truck and see how it goes. You planning any trips that way? I'll keep you informed as to what we're doing and maybe you guys would want to come with?
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Positive that I used a 36mm socket
interesting. I'll have to measure the nut on the next CV job. Wonder if it is a double cab difference.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:56 AM   #2050
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Thanks for the info. Will probably put the tent on the truck and see how it goes. You planning any trips that way? I'll keep you informed as to what we're doing and maybe you guys would want to come with?
Yeah let me know. I don't currently have anything on the calendar.
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When we have run the Rubicon we usually do it over 3 days. We would either camp the first night at Spider Lake or Buck Island Lake, and spend the second night at Rubicon Springs. The Rubicon can be done as a day trip but it's much more enjoyable IMO as a multiday trip.

Honestly, if I were you I'd just figure out a bedrack and put your tent on the truck and run the Rubicon without the trailer. But don't let me stop you if you want to do it with the trailer.
This was exactly what I needed to hear/read.
A group of us from PNW are planning Rubicon this year.
My Tacoma is an 03 DCSB with e-locker and ARB air locker up front (purchased that way from prior owner) and pizza cutter KM2's. I "think" all I need is a BR expedition rack and an ARB fridge. I have added skids, spare tire, and Hi Lift.

I think I should be fine but I can always appreciate words of advice from others that have done it.
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interesting. I'll have to measure the nut on the next CV job. Wonder if it is a double cab difference.
My tacoma, tundra, and the wife's 4th gen runner are all 35mm.
There was a long standing rumor on TW that it was a 36mm axle nut...because a 6 point 36mm socket will still work. But every truck I've worked on the 35mm fits perfect.
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Yeah let me know. I don't currently have anything on the calendar.
Will do.
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adam I dont think these are birfs hahahaha



when christo seen the picture and than my number popped up he said he was prepared for an earful..... I was like meh, ill pay for these and ship me some fronts now please hahaha
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My tacoma, tundra, and the wife's 4th gen runner are all 35mm.
There was a long standing rumor on TW that it was a 36mm axle nut...because a 6 point 36mm socket will still work. But every truck I've worked on the 35mm fits perfect.
agree 35mm is the correct one, but the 36 mm will work to remove, ive never personally tightened with the 36mm
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adam I dont think these are birfs hahahaha



when christo seen the picture and than my number popped up he said he was prepared for an earful..... I was like meh, ill pay for these and ship me some fronts now please hahaha

WTH? did you order birfs and they sent you rear shafts?
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WTH? did you order birfs and they sent you rear shafts?
yah small slip up lol....

its all good, I worked out they are sending me the right ones now, working on a price for me to keep the rears at a discount, seeing as they would need to pay 100ish in shipping just to get it back now lol
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yah small slip up lol....

its all good, I worked out they are sending me the right ones now, working on a price for me to keep the rears at a discount, seeing as they would need to pay 100ish in shipping just to get it back now lol

Awesome. Guess it worked out ok. Nice to have some spare rears. I have never broken a rear shaft but was lucky when I was changing diff fluid one time. Found that I had twisted splines on both rears. Was glad I caught it before it broke. Replaced them and now have a set of spares too.
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Awesome. Guess it worked out ok. Nice to have some spare rears. I have never broken a rear shaft but was lucky when I was changing diff fluid one time. Found that I had twisted splines on both rears. Was glad I caught it before it broke. Replaced them and now have a set of spares too.
yah pretty much, im like well Ill through the chromo's in the rear when i regear and make my factories trail spares... but I break a chromo I may have to ask myself was it worth it hahahaha
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I highly doubt you'll ever break a chromo in the rear. Christo was running factory axles in his "shortbus" cruiser on 42's and didn't break rears. He broke lots of birfs and the occasional front inner axle but I never heard of a rear braking.
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