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Can 2002 2.7 4x4 non-TRD be easily upgraded to the locker rear?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Rustedframe, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Feb 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM
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    Rustedframe

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    I am curious how much modification would be required to get a locking diff for my Tacoma? Does anyone recommend the one from the TRD over an aftermarket one? My thinking is to get a used rear end and install, but what about the control module to lock it? can I install that on my truck without tearin up the dash?
     
  2. Feb 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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    If I recall correctly, you CAN'T install the TRD locker as it's a different diff case. You'd need a TRD rear axle.
     
  3. Feb 9, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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    You need the whole axle or you can mod the hell out of yours to make the locking 3rd fit. Just go ARB.
     
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    Thanks for the input!
     
  5. Feb 11, 2012 at 6:07 AM
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    If you find a complete elocker rear axle then you can simply bolt the axle in place provided the gear ratios are the same. Then that just leaves you with controlling the locker. In that case I would suggest just wiring it up direct without the ECU to control it. Pretty simple really.

    I just finished up an elocker retrofit, it came out of a FJC and I installed it into a 4th gen 4Runner. However we just did a direct wire so no ECU, just a switch in the dash.
     
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