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Axle Swap E-Locker 96 Tacoma.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by goomba, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. Jan 23, 2011 at 6:43 PM
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    goomba [OP] It is a Fluid Situation

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    What axle swap can I do for my truck to get a locker. Will a newer truck axle with E-locker work on my truck? Thanks!
     
  2. Jan 23, 2011 at 6:45 PM
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    have you considered an ARB air locker?
     
  3. Jan 23, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    Ya you can do a axle swap but its spendy! I don't know about the e locker, but you could do a arb air locker also. You can get a axle from a 80-85 toyota I think. You could also cut up a dana 44. That's what I would do.
     
  4. Jan 23, 2011 at 6:52 PM
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    goomba [OP] It is a Fluid Situation

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    I herd that it is easier and cheaper to buy a used axle with the locker all ready in it.
     
  5. Jan 23, 2011 at 6:54 PM
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    It is. Look around at some junkyards. I pulled a rear axle with a diff lock out of a 01 Tacoma trd and got it for 250. Way cheaper than the arb.
     
  6. Jan 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM
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    Do some research....despite what you "heard", it's easiest and cheaper to do ARB air locker.
     
  7. Jan 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM
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    Also, quit mudding up the forum with multiple threads for the same shit....people like you make the search function worthless
     
  8. Jan 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    Thanks! but will a new axle(from a newer Tacoma) fit on my truck?:confused:
     
  9. Jan 24, 2011 at 3:07 AM
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  10. Jan 24, 2011 at 3:49 AM
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    Not sure where your getting your information.
    I have seen complete trd rears with e locked 3rds go for $300-$400.
    And it should bolt right up minus splicing the electronics for engaging the system.
    Also I would guess that your average driveway mechanic could do this in a day.

    An Arb itself will cost you twice that + a compressor + a shop to install.
    Your looking at maybe $1600

    How is that cheaper?
     
  11. Jan 24, 2011 at 6:18 AM
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    No, i was not talking that new, but like in the 98 - 04 range. Thanks though. :cool:
     
  12. Jan 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM
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    Yes. Any rear axle from 98-04 will bolt right up. Look around at some junkyards. Just make sure its a true trd axle. And it will be much cheaper to find a used elocked axle than an arb.
     
  13. Jan 24, 2011 at 9:45 AM
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    You can't just slap a TRD OR axle in without checking a few things first. 1st, do the gears match (front and "new" rear diff)? If they don't, you'll have to address that or 4x4 will be worthless. Second, 95.5-97 taco's had PU leaf springs (IIRC). I'm not 100% certain if that will affect the mounting point of the axle as the PU leaves were shorter in length.
     
  14. Jan 24, 2011 at 10:42 AM
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    Are the rear ends different on a 4 banger and V6's..?
     
  15. Jan 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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    3rd members are different in some configurations. TRD vs REG axles are different but only to accomodate the 3rd member.
     
  16. Jan 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM
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    Well in that case, I stand corrected.....I have never seen a complete TRD axle for less than $1000, but maybe I'm not looking hard enough. I put in a ARB + compressor in my old 03 Tundra for right at $750, I did the install.

    OP-If you do get a TRD axle from a junkyard or something, I might pull the cover to make sure everything is in good shape. Would suck to go through all the labor of installing only to find the teeth severely worn. Good luck
     
  17. Jan 25, 2011 at 8:45 AM
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    Thanks everyone. I have 4.10s in my truck now. Do all TRD trucks have 4.10s stock or will they be different?
     
  18. Jan 25, 2011 at 4:05 PM
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    Why are you wanting to do a swap anyway? Just add a Powertrax Lockrite.. I can't tell you enough how much I love mine.. $175. No swap shit intended, no need to worry about gears, and it's easy to install.

    And no not all trucks have the 4.10s.
     
  19. Jan 25, 2011 at 5:50 PM
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    Where did you get your locker. The only ones i have seen are like $300. And is it a continuous lock, or does it lock automatically? Thanks.
     
  20. Jan 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM
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