Hey all, it's nice to see so many people are into Yotas versus the other garbage out there. Every vehicle has is quirks, but I tell ya what, I've never had another truck go as long and as cheaply as mine.
I've had an '96 SR5 5spd 4X4 for about five years now and I got it when it had 323K on the dial. I know, it's a lot, but I know a guy that was a master tech for Toyota that told me it didn't matter, a few things and she'd be good. Well, there's 374K on it now, and it's been totaled by my insurance. I t-boned a Ford F-150 back in February when he blew a stop sign in front of me. I folded him in half and all I did was bend in the bumper, various sheet metal and the front clip a bit on my truck. I used a chain fall to pull it all out and she runs fine. Now she's my parts truck for my '98, which brings me to the point.
I just got a '98 SR5 5spd TRD Tacoma with the rear e-locker in it. Only 222K on this one and she runs AWESOME! Problem I'm having is craploads of chatter coming from the rear end. I've already made all the fluids current, and there's no slap in the u-joints. I don't think it's the transmission (I opened up the rear slider window and listen when I'm accelerating and decelerating) because when engaging the clutch you can still hear the faint "noise" that just get's louder when under load (uphill or down). So...I believe my third member is in need of rebuilding or replacement. I've talked with my resident tech and looked all over the interwebs to figure out what gear ratio I have in that puppy so I can get parts and no one seems to be able to nail it. I've got the code from the inside of the door, as does everyone with this question but maybe this'll be the powerball winner.It's C/TR 3K4/FC40 (then) A/TM B03A/R150F. VIN#: 4TAWN72N8WZ138611. From what I've read the "B" represents the 8" ring gear, the "03" stands for 4.10 gears and the "A" stands for the two pinion design. Then there's differences of opinion on whether or not its "open" or not. Keep in mind I have NO FLIPPIN' CLUE on what to do here. Also, I guess the front's a different ratio? AND they have to match? HUH? I've done a lot of wrenchin' in my life, but never any drivetrain work. I really don't care for regearing this thing, I just want to stay bone stock. It's got 33's on it which dogs me a little, but you'd be amazed man, there's really no loss of power compared to my '96 with the 31's and I took the Elephant Hill course up past treeline outside of Empire, CO in 4 low with absolutely no problems when a caravan of Jeeps ended up with quite a bit of damage on the same trail. SO, I don't want a kit to tone it down, thanks in advance on that. Anyway, as you can see, I love to rant and can go on for days, so get back to me with some advice please and I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good one guys.