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1st gen, common problems?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ZenkaiTaco, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Dec 14, 2010 at 2:08 PM
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    Jdaniel1274

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  2. Dec 14, 2010 at 2:27 PM
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  3. Dec 14, 2010 at 2:59 PM
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  4. Dec 14, 2010 at 3:16 PM
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  5. Dec 14, 2010 at 3:20 PM
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    The clock location was the same from 84 to 04 basically. It has never occured to me that it was a bad location.
     
  6. Dec 14, 2010 at 3:37 PM
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    Honey badger

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    Anyone have issues with CV boots?
     
  7. Dec 14, 2010 at 4:17 PM
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    Honey badger

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  8. Dec 14, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    Yeah but only if you lift over 2.75 or so. A boot slip mod helps.
     
  9. Dec 14, 2010 at 4:33 PM
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    Honey badger

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    Ok so that would be the cause of my leaky boots but it is the inner boots that are leaking not the outte. Can the mod be done on the inner and how would you do it? Hmmmm I think you may need the TC mod to begin having issues with boots, just sayin.
     
  10. Dec 14, 2010 at 4:39 PM
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    Pretty sure I have the TC mod. Unfortunately its usually the inners that get overextended. Search boot slip mod, if not on here I know its on ttora. Basically you put a clamp inside your boot to keep it from sliping on the shaft and then clamp the boot normally. Keeps the fins from touching.
     
  11. Dec 14, 2010 at 4:42 PM
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    TC mod wasn't intended for you lol sorry if was for the guy with the pre-runner;). Ok so it is normaly the inners that have issues right and the slip mod shold fix this? Or a diff drop I bet if I had one of those I wouldn't be here with this issue.:D
     
  12. Dec 14, 2010 at 4:47 PM
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    Diff drop can't hurt but prob won't help much either. however for $30 I will def do the diff drop when I go up another inch.
     
  13. Dec 14, 2010 at 4:50 PM
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    OP, glad you're considering getting a 1st Gen. They're superior in all regards to their fatter, younger brothers, the 2nd Gens.

    As far as problems, I think they've all been addressed (though I've only experienced weak leafs and the resulting axle wrap). With regular maintenance, my truck feels bulletproof (sig excepting).

    Let us know what you get, and post pics!
     
  14. Dec 14, 2010 at 4:50 PM
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    Yea I wish I would have done that months ago. Ok so I looked into the slip mod a lil and it looks pretty simple you use the old clamp to hold it from the inside and then also clamp it normally right and this is for the inner boots next to the diff? BTW thanks for the info.
     
  15. Dec 14, 2010 at 4:54 PM
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    What? Tacomas, both gen1 and 2 are VERY solid...
     
  16. Dec 14, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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    x2 and welcome
    you got it. If you're replacing your inners anyway its simple
     
  17. Dec 14, 2010 at 4:59 PM
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    I guess the only hard part about it will be the I will have to remove the shaft from the diff, not fun :eek:
     
  18. Dec 14, 2010 at 5:17 PM
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    WTF is all this hating on the dash clock!!!
    I like the placement toyota chose.
    Go dash clock!!!!:D
     
  19. Dec 14, 2010 at 6:21 PM
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    Honey badger

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    Pig Punisher what do you think about just replacing the front axle instead of dealing with the tear down of the cv boot?
     
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