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eLocker Axle Swap: Lessons Learned

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by billyjoe, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. Sep 3, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    billyjoe [OP] Taco Fever - I've got it bad!

    Oct 22, 2009
    First Name:
    Richmond, VA
    13 DCLB V6 4WD LTD
    Extang Trifecta Tonneau
    Well, it's done!

    Bought an '08 eLocker axle (drum to drum) w/10k miles for $900, the corresponding OEM 4WD Controller for $75, and an OEM switch for $25.

    Using Service Manual wiring diagrams:

    I made my own "frame" harness with OEM mating connector so I could simply plug it into the existing axle harness. In the cab, everything appears & works as factory - switch, indicators, and rules (4Lo, <=3mph).

    I ran into one "gotcha":

    "IG1 No. 2" 10A fuse blew when "RR Diff" button pushed in (locked). This was due to a wire (IB1-4 to 1D-9) that results in a dead short between +12vdc & GND when the actuator indicator switch closes (locked). Simply cut this wire and all is well!

    Besides the axle swap, I changed the differential fluid & bled the brakes (for the 1st time). I also chose to do a complete rear brake job since I had everything apart.

    In retrospect, the entire project was surprisingly easy with exception to bleeding the brakes (largely due to my inexperience).

    If you need details on any part of this effort, let me know... :)

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