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5 lug upgrade to electric locking differential?

Discussion in '5 Lug' started by smbrewer, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Dec 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM
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    New here and got a question:

    I have a 2008 access cab. I understand that in 2009 Toyota added an electronic locking rear differential. Is it possible to "upgrade" to this axle and if so, what else would be needed. I'm just looking for some extra traction in snow and dirt. Perhaps just a limited slip would be better?

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. Dec 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM
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    are you trying to swap the whole axle or just the 3rd?
     
  3. Dec 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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    You'd have to swap the whole rear axle to an e-locker rear end.

    You'd need the entire e-locker harness (not sure if you can buy it seperately).
    Module(I believe there's a module to operate the locker.
    Dash Switch


    Personally I would wire it up myself with a wiring diagram.
     
  4. Dec 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    dont forget youd be making the rear of the truck 6 lug meaning you would need 2 different wheels with different bolt patterns... youd be better off getting an aftermarket elocker
     
  5. Dec 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM
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    Good point^^

    Wondering if you can swap out the 5lug axle shafts into the 6 lug e locker rear end? Either way, the non e-locker six is stronger, so it's better to put a locker in your axle.
     
  6. Dec 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM
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    might be possible but im thinking spline count is different but you never know
     
  7. Dec 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM
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    i think i read somewhere that the shafts and spline are the same, so you could have a 6 lug rear and swap it to 5 lug.
     
  8. Dec 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM
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    Rear leaf spring tsb 5000 miles, w ac fan 26k miles, windshield creaking 28k miles- not warranty. Bad upper idler pulleys 32k miles- not warranty, Toyota Quality!
    Waste of time, effort, and money. Just put a after market locker in.
     
  9. Dec 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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    motor? this is about diffs.
     
  10. Dec 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM
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    lolz
     
  11. Dec 26, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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    might be true but then again better safe than sorry
     
  12. Dec 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM
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    Distractions lol
     
  13. Dec 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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    ford 302 swap and a spooled 9" :burnrubber: :D
     
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    yyyyeeeaaahhhh buddy.
    go to a junk yard and tear some diffs down and rebuild them with each others parts. :notsure:
     
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    not alot of newer tacomas in every junkyard. most around here dont even get toyotas
     
  16. Dec 26, 2012 at 11:45 PM
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    forgot we were talking 2nd ten. :eek:
    that might pose a problem with what i said earlier, because i think that was for 1st gens.
     
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    Axle spline count should be the same between 5 and 6 lugs for the second gens too. I put a prebuilt third with 4.10 gears and an eaton LSD in mine with no problem. The third was originally built for a Sequoia and the guy I bought it from was going to put it in his 6 lug tacoma. I had to get the pinion flange changed but that was it.
     
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    Ok first off, a Ford 302 is a pile, if you're not putting a Toyota motor in, the next step down in a Chevy LS (corvette) motor mind you.

    Secondly, an electric locker is not that great. More moving parts, more money to throw into a interesting yet horrible design. You can get away with a regular locker just fine and not have to worry about an electronic connection issue and tire wear.

    Third, if you want to keep the same lug pattern, (you can keep the rear end you have now) swap to an X-runner rear end which is still 30 spline, a little wider and can bolt up to your current rear drive line set up, has locker options and can handle a good amount of HP and torque for the trails.

    But number #3 isn't necessary, its a necessity.
     
  19. Dec 27, 2012 at 11:32 PM
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    Not a fan of chevy parts :spy:
     
  20. Dec 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM
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    Also 1st gen 5 lug is 7.5 6 lug is 8.4 or 8
     
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