It's a story more common than you might think.
These newer Tacos (2005+) are heavy trucks. I have built a couple of them and I have used Toyota based axles and D60 based axles under them. So I can argue the virtues for and against the D60 firsthand.
And this argument that Toyota is stronger than D60. Yes you are right, you can build a $6500 Toyota axle to be stronger than a $1100 junkyard D60.
I think that in a "bang for the buck" scenario, you can't go wrong with a D60.
Damn you don't do much research.
It cost $3,000 max to build a Toy axle..I'm sorry but buying new stuff is really stupid, and even if I did buy new..I could still build my Toy axle for a hair under $3,000.
Providing I set up gears myself(which I would), providing I put everything together myself(which I would)
and $1100 junkyard D60?
I can get kingpin D60s alot cheaper then that lol..i'm sorry you have to pay that much
Do I choose to ? Nah I keep my Toyota stuff under Toyota stuff.
Bang for the buck? Yes, if that's the route you want to choose..I'm not denying D60 is a bad axle, but i'd still drop in the rock garden with my axle vs your 60...i'll come out unscathed...you might or might not..i'm not sure..but I know I'm 100% sure I won't break, I don't like breaking on the trail..
I've seen many many sheared rings and broken u joints because of locked 60s..
lock a 9.25 Toy with Bobby Longs and it's bulletproof.
I like gear reduction, not skinny pedal...
No need to get your panties in a bunch, 05+ Tacos sas? Cool if your into it, too much money money that I can't afford lol lol and too easily to mess up the body....and I'm only into older Toyota 4wds...only new Toyota stuff I'd touch is 2wd Tacoma again..