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Aftermarket Axles???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Dadic 78, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. Apr 2, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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    Dadic 78

    Dadic 78 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So my mechanic advised me today that both my rear axles are damaged (from the bearing wear) causing diff fluids to leak all over and contaminate my rear brakes... UGH...

    I'm looking around for Aftermarket axles, but can't seem to find any. Does anyone have insight as to where I may be able to find some? OEM are NOT cheap!!!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Apr 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM
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    There use to be a bearing and seal supplied by off road shops to work on an axle with deep grooves . Cant remember the name but they worked well because the new bearing and seal would ride deeper into the axle housing eliminating the seal from riding in the same oem groove which stops the leak . In a nutt shell , the new bearing and seal would ride on a new surface . It wasnt a speedy sleeve .
    I will look around to see if these kits are available for the Tacoma . Would save you a lot of money . Maybe they were called axle savers:D
    EDIT : Here you go http://www.skf.com/us/products/vehi...ive/wheel-end/rear-axle-repair-kit/index.html
     
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  3. Apr 3, 2014 at 6:48 AM
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    Ah, thanks SO much man, you're a life-saver!!! I'm going to look into these bearings today once the shops open up.

    Where do you live, I owe you a beer! :)
     
  4. Apr 3, 2014 at 7:14 AM
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    I think it depends how deep the groove is. My old ford ranger fx4 level 2 had crazy expensive axles that no one but ford sold and I was looking at a replacement. The grooves were deep enough to leak but shallow enough to be ground down. I was on borrowed time but it lasted another several thousand miles at which point I sold the truck. Not a long term fix but it bought time and wasn't nearly as expensive as replacement.
     
  5. Apr 5, 2014 at 9:32 AM
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    For what it's worth here's how this whole situation ended...

    I searched high and low for the axle saver bearings, and unfortunately nobody seems to make them for the Tacoma. Not only that, but they're becoming scarce for all other makes and models as well.

    I went back to my mechanic, advising him that this repair is going to cost me an arm and a leg! New axles, bearings, all the seals, clips, etc... $1800 in parts alone (and I have a bodyshop, this is my COST, over $2600 if paying retail). Then add the new brake shoes (due to contamination from fluid leaking), and you're looking at a near $3000 bill if paying retail.

    My mechanic has a machinist on site who then assessed the axles, and concluded that the axles weren't the issue, rather the grease seal in the bearings was bad, and thus causing the leak. Nice find! Saved me $1200 in axles!

    So to all you guys who will eventually experience this, be aware that the axles themselves don't need to be replaced, just the axle bearings.
     

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