1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Dana Axles

Discussion in 'Solid Axle Suspension' started by BrodyJ29, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Jun 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM
    #81
    tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Trying to Spread Common Sense and Rational Thought

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Member:
    #39745
    Messages:
    7,463
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zech (pronounced zak)
    DFW, Texas
    Vehicle:
    06 PreRunner SR5 DC
    anti-theft Marine Corps sticker on back window, loose nut behind the wheel, Firestone Ride Rite air bags
    I went the 1st Gen Yota route and ended up using my '06 Tacoma as the tow rig. I like it better this way because I can beat on the rig all I want and know that I'll get to work the next day.
     
  2. Jun 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM
    #82
    Supra TT

    Supra TT Solid Axle FTMFW!!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Member:
    #48645
    Messages:
    5,436
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Vehicle:
    2000 SAS D44/Ford 9"
    SAS.. Need I say more.
    Why? Why own someone else's piece of shit when you can build your own? I don't want someone else's shit rig.
     
  3. Jun 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM
    #83
    cmack

    cmack Impeach Chris4x4!

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2009
    Member:
    #18119
    Messages:
    5,233
    Gender:
    Male
    :cheers:

    I concur.

    :D
     
  4. Jun 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM
    #84
    IDtrucks

    IDtrucks Just out for a rip are ya bud?

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2010
    Member:
    #38254
    Messages:
    19,972
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    Boise ID
    Vehicle:
    96' X-Cab 4x4 TRD Off Road
    JVC Deck, 10" sub mountd in rear seat cubby, 2 LED off road lights mounted in grille, amber raptor style grille lights, LED rock lights, square led bed light, custom made fuse block tray, 12 blade Blue Sea fuse block, 100a marine circuit breaker, black plasti dipped full grille, tinted tail lights + third, Uniden 520 with 4' firestik, Bilstein 5100s with 620lb Eibach coils, Diff drop, Chevy 63 leaf swap, TG creeper joints, 14" triangulated biletein 5125s, 8" extended steel braided brake line, TG Rock Sliders, CBI Moab 1.0 front bumper, custom fabbed bed rack, full TRD E-Locker axle swap and matching re-gear with custom stand alone wiring circuit, tubbed for 35x12.5" general grabbers on Ultra type 181 wheels, crush sleeve eliminator, removable mothafuckin doors
    It may not be your thing, but I find it extremely fun to build your own shit. I would spend more on the build, just so I got the chance to do all the work on it and build it with my own hands than just get someone else's pile.
     
  5. Jun 24, 2012 at 2:11 PM
    #85
    thegame

    thegame WUT?

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2011
    Member:
    #52855
    Messages:
    1,236
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Bay area
    Vehicle:
    01 Prerunner -> 4wd IFS -> Dana 60 SAS
    I already have a mild build on my Tacoma, it all comes down to spending money wiser, kinda have to do that as you get older ;) I could trade my Tacoma for a Cummins, spend that 6k on a trail rig, all I need is a trailer and I'd have a wheeler I don't have to worry about beating up too bad and can still get home reliably.
     
  6. Jun 24, 2012 at 8:27 PM
    #86
    Supra TT

    Supra TT Solid Axle FTMFW!!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Member:
    #48645
    Messages:
    5,436
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Vehicle:
    2000 SAS D44/Ford 9"
    SAS.. Need I say more.
    Why not spend 6k on the tacoma, drive it every day and wheel your life away?
     
  7. Jun 24, 2012 at 8:36 PM
    #87
    thegame

    thegame WUT?

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2011
    Member:
    #52855
    Messages:
    1,236
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Bay area
    Vehicle:
    01 Prerunner -> 4wd IFS -> Dana 60 SAS
    I have a Civic I drive everyday to get to work, the truck is just a weekend toy. Way back before I had a daily driver, I had a solid axle Tacoma before I bought my current one and it wasn't fun wheeling like a ninny because I had to drive the truck home and to work the next day ;) Either you wheel like a ninny or you don't work :p
     
  8. Jun 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM
    #88
    NwiTACO

    NwiTACO Big tars, little/no bed.

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Member:
    #17416
    Messages:
    3,907
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    Indiana
    Vehicle:
    05 TRD Sport
    Custom Everything, 1 Ton Axles F & R
    Sounds like you weren't very confident in the reliability of your previous rig to me. I dont wheel like a ninny, and I often drive 500+ miles to go wheeling. Heck, I dont even own a trailer. I built it reliably and carry the proper spares to make it home no matter what.
     
  9. Jun 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM
    #89
    thegame

    thegame WUT?

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2011
    Member:
    #52855
    Messages:
    1,236
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Bay area
    Vehicle:
    01 Prerunner -> 4wd IFS -> Dana 60 SAS
    I also carried spares but Murphy's law says you'll break what spares you don't have. I broke a steering box (standard IFS box most use for an axle swap) on the Rubicon once and luckily a friend had a spare but how can you plan for a steering box breaking? It gets to a point where you're carrying enough spares to build a completely new truck. Not to forget I was also on a VERY tight budget making $12 an hour here in the bay area (CA). I hope I mentioned it was my only vehicle at the time too. Things are much different now than they were 5 years ago, which is why I'm still up in the air about whether to SAS this truck or get a wheeler/trailer/tow rig.
     
  10. Jun 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    #90
    cmack

    cmack Impeach Chris4x4!

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2009
    Member:
    #18119
    Messages:
    5,233
    Gender:
    Male
    You have to carry the essentials. There are certain things you can do without, where a vehicle can still be operated to get you home. But like the biggest think I'm thinking, is spare fluids. It's a gamble and part of the game. If you have the cash and resources, I'd say do a pure trail rig with a trailer. Since then you won't have to worry as much about it.....
     
  11. Jun 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM
    #91
    thegame

    thegame WUT?

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2011
    Member:
    #52855
    Messages:
    1,236
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Bay area
    Vehicle:
    01 Prerunner -> 4wd IFS -> Dana 60 SAS
    Also, I see you drive an IFS truck. Do an axle swap on your truck and tell me you work on it LESS than you work on the IFS. I've been there, guy, don't try and tell me what you think I felt ;)
     
  12. Jun 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM
    #92
    thegame

    thegame WUT?

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2011
    Member:
    #52855
    Messages:
    1,236
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Bay area
    Vehicle:
    01 Prerunner -> 4wd IFS -> Dana 60 SAS
    What makes you think fluids are most important? Just curious. You have gear oil, ATF, motor oil, coolant. Either you're concerned about your Heep overheating, blowing up diff covers or punching a hole in your oil pan, which is it? ;)
     
  13. Jun 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM
    #93
    NwiTACO

    NwiTACO Big tars, little/no bed.

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Member:
    #17416
    Messages:
    3,907
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    Indiana
    Vehicle:
    05 TRD Sport
    Custom Everything, 1 Ton Axles F & R
    SA has nothing to do with it. More moving non-stock parts than a SA. I usuallywheel with all SA rigs, and wheel just as hard as they do. Besides the fact that you can get SA parts at almost any AutoParts to get home, try that with an LT kit.

    I am not arguing the SA/IFS here either...this is a thread about obtaining a Dana Axle from the factory.

    Bottom line is, if its built right, you wont have issues. Look up 01Tundra on Pirate and check out his rig. Jonathon and I used to wheel together all the time, all over the south/east region, he never had a trailer either and was SA. Or ask Wyatt how many issues he has had? There goes your argument.

    A SA rig can be just as reliable as when it left the assembly line if done right.

    99% of the problems the SA guys face are do to hack jobs or improper set-up when the SAC was done. Period. They used to make trucks SA factory, did they switch becasue IFS was more reliable, hardly. Ride quality was the reason, soccer moms get what they want, lol.
     
  14. Jun 25, 2012 at 6:04 PM
    #94
    cmack

    cmack Impeach Chris4x4!

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2009
    Member:
    #18119
    Messages:
    5,233
    Gender:
    Male
    Lol I actually don't carry that shit in my XJ....but it's in the Ranger's bed.
     
  15. Jun 25, 2012 at 6:17 PM
    #95
    Supra TT

    Supra TT Solid Axle FTMFW!!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Member:
    #48645
    Messages:
    5,436
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Vehicle:
    2000 SAS D44/Ford 9"
    SAS.. Need I say more.
    I trailer my tacoma to the trails since I have a tow rig/trailer.. But when I am at the trail I beat thy living fuck out of it when I can. Full lock/stuff full throttle, MEH. I have only broken a few things,; a steering u joint (bolt came loose, tightened bolt back down). Both front u joints (improper installation) - new ones are flawless. And a carrier bearing, but I still wheeled with it for over 10+ hours. Built SA rig is indestructible.
     
  16. Jun 25, 2012 at 9:11 PM
    #96
    thegame

    thegame WUT?

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2011
    Member:
    #52855
    Messages:
    1,236
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Bay area
    Vehicle:
    01 Prerunner -> 4wd IFS -> Dana 60 SAS
    You'd probably sing a different story if your Tacoma was your only vehicle, just sayin' ;) Funny you put so much trust into a vehicle someone else built too :eek: :flipoff2:
     
  17. Jun 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM
    #97
    BrodyJ29

    BrodyJ29 [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Member:
    #62534
    Messages:
    15
    Gender:
    Male
    NC
    Vehicle:
    11 Tacoma DBC TRD Sport OME,ARB,BFG
    OME Lift 886 Springs, Dakar Rear Springs, Stock Wheels, 285/70/17 BFG Mud Terrain, ARB front bumper, Spidertrax Wheel Spacers
    I have been able to get some pricing on what axles they have now. Everything out right now is all rear model axles ranging from Dana 44 with electric locker with ratios of 3.73 and 4.10 and Dana 60 with standard and trac lock with gear ratios from 3.73 to 4.56. I can sell these axles both 44 models and 60 to you guys for $2,500. They come without any brackets or brakes. The crate axle program is a much better axle than a junk yard or dana axle you can find now. They have redesigned these axles for the offroad world. The crate axles have thicker wall tubing, larger diameter 32 spline axle shafts, better differential gears with higher impact strength, larger differential bearings, and they are putting a stronger 1330 series yoke on these axles. The 60 axle now has larger axle shafts with 35 tooth spline. They have done a really good job in preparing these for the offroad world. Let me know if anyone has any questions. Email me at bjones@uspower.cc
     
  18. Jun 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM
    #98
    NwiTACO

    NwiTACO Big tars, little/no bed.

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Member:
    #17416
    Messages:
    3,907
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    Indiana
    Vehicle:
    05 TRD Sport
    Custom Everything, 1 Ton Axles F & R
    Do they/you realize the primary market for these axles in the off-road world is for front axles??? :confused:
     
  19. Jun 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM
    #99
    Supra TT

    Supra TT Solid Axle FTMFW!!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Member:
    #48645
    Messages:
    5,436
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Vehicle:
    2000 SAS D44/Ford 9"
    SAS.. Need I say more.
    Not really, I go to wheel. Who cares what happens, it's called life. Also, myself and the help of friends have re-done the entire truck except for a few things. And you're completely right, trusting others to build a rig is a terrible idea. I mean just look at the thousands of rigs out there. I didn't do them so they must be junk.
     
  20. Jun 27, 2012 at 5:57 AM
    #100
    BrodyJ29

    BrodyJ29 [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Member:
    #62534
    Messages:
    15
    Gender:
    Male
    NC
    Vehicle:
    11 Tacoma DBC TRD Sport OME,ARB,BFG
    OME Lift 886 Springs, Dakar Rear Springs, Stock Wheels, 285/70/17 BFG Mud Terrain, ARB front bumper, Spidertrax Wheel Spacers
    The front axles are in production now.
     
To Top