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Centering A Tacoma Front Differential

Discussion in 'Long Travel Suspension' started by blackhawke88, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Sep 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM
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    blackhawke88

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    Hey Guys,
    I've been thinking about this for a while. I want to toy with the idea of centering the front differential up front and running center mount A-arms down the road. I have made the following considerations:

    - Engine may have to be pushed back or to the side, or even pivoted to allow room for front drive shaft to the centered diff

    - A carrier bearing can be used to change the direct of the front drive shaft as well

    - Inner A-Arm pivots need to be at the same location and distance apart as the inner CV pivot to avoid axle plunge.

    - Obviously fully custom arms would be needed, almost center mount, but inner pivots the same distance apart as the flanges on the center mounted diff

    Now, my question is, can the stock tacoma from differential be modified so only the center section is used as a centered front differential? Here's a picture to clarify:

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    Let's discuss, im looking for good ideas.
     
  2. Sep 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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  3. Sep 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM
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    I think if you want to center link get rid of the taco front diff
     
  4. Sep 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM
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  5. Sep 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM
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    putting a rear diff in the front will not be as strong. By putting a standard cut in the front, it’s ring & pinion would ride on the coast side of the gears. Basically, it is not as much gear contact as it would be in the rear.
     
  6. Sep 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM
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    Are you planning on doing anything different with the rear? there was that jeep in the LT BS thread with a 9"(I think) up front with center mount.
     
  7. Sep 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM
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    If it is a low pinion rear wouldn't you just be able to flip it and run it high pinion in the front and stay on the drive side of the gears?
     
  8. Sep 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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    you can get by a little bit with a 2 piece driveshaft.
    im thinking custom oil pan , or have a drysump system designed for the 1gr with a high clearance pan.
    the motor isnt moving anywhere but back and that dosent help much.
    the oem diff may cost some serious coin to modify . it may look easy in theory but you might be better going with a different diff. but anything else is taller than whats in there.
    i thought about making a better 4wd lt setup for awhile now and its just not sensible or financially feesable. better to take your plans to a tube chassis, but thats just my opinion.
    good luck with the adventure
     
  9. Sep 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM
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    Currie makes a front center diff section..used by Shannon Campbell in both his IFS KOH rig and his full time 4wd class 1 buggy.


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  10. Sep 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM
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    thats the one..
     
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    spidertrax is also making a unit that going in a penhall rig
     
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    This whole thread is full of win!

    I hope you/your fab guy figure this out I wanna see a 4WD center link second gen taco!!!
     
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    The longer the arms the less camber change you have through travel. Making the arms longer usually makes the vehicle wider. By moving the pivots inward you can lengthen the arms without making the vehicle too wide.
     
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    got a really nice response from RCV on the subject:
    Looks like Currie 9" is the best choice to go with, along with RCV CVs and Axles.

    Oh, and Im not going to be doing this anytime soon, this is just out of curiosity. However, if I do decide to do something extravagant down the road to my truck, it would definitely be center mount 4x4 and links. No dirty hooker travel or twin traction beams for me :eek:
     
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    :D LINKS! that currie 9" is goin to be 'spensive
     
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