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Front Differential Drop Kit - Before and After Pictures

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by '02TRD, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Dec 6, 2010 at 11:41 PM
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    '02TRD

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    After installing Billstein 5100's at 2.5" in the front and an AAL in the rear on my 2002 Tacoma Xtra Cab 4X4 TRD i put a good 75-100 miles on it to settle the suspension a bit before having the alignment re-done. Put new wheels and tires on, a little trimming to avoid rub ("pinch weld mod"). Having driven close to 200 miles on the new setup, I have felt no vibrations or had any problems. I had ordered a diff. drop kit from toytec along with my lift components. Just installed the kit today to keep the fins of the CV bots a bit farther from one another. The angles were not too bad, but definitely can tell a positive difference after the drop. Thought I'd share some pictures!!

    BEFORE: Driver Side
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    BEFORE: Passenger Side
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    AFTER: Driver Side
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    AFTER: Passenger Side
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  2. Dec 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM
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    Some guys feel the D/D makes no difference I for think that for the price it can't hurt as I seen a change in the angle on mine after the install.
     
  3. Dec 7, 2010 at 9:09 AM
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    They're more effective on the Gen 1 Tacomas than on the 05+ models. The design of the mounts are completely different between the 2.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2010 at 9:46 AM
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    I plan on lifting my truck soon and from the looks of it, the Diff Drop makes sense. Does dropping the diff mess with the skid plate or anything?
     
  5. Dec 7, 2010 at 12:52 PM
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    If you buy a good kit they have some spacers to lower the skid plate.
     
  6. Dec 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM
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    Ive had a Diff Drop on mine for about 17K miles and no problems. Im leaving mine on I dont care what they say.
     
  7. Dec 7, 2010 at 2:39 PM
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    yea on the first gen trucks they make a noticeable difference. ive had one on my truck since i put my lift on and with all the mud and sticks and crap i drive my truck through i have only went through one set of cv boots.
     
  8. Dec 7, 2010 at 3:15 PM
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    What is supposed to be a down side to the diff drop?
     
  9. Dec 7, 2010 at 4:58 PM
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    twfsa - very true, for $20 and about ten to fifteen minutes to install am more than pleased with the drop. ALSO, about the skid plate spacers that come with the toytec kit, i just threw them into my bolt bucket along with the new hardware. I installed the skids back exactly as they were before the diff. drop with the only modification being drilling new holes for the rear bolts on the rear skid plate. The rear skid, back bolts, just drilled holes in the skid and everything fits perfect. will make it much easier for down the road, every time you change the oil or drop the skids for any other work wont have to mess with the spacers and stuff.

    mjp2 - very true. just by looking at the diff. mounting style differences I came to that conclusion as well. happy i did it on the first gen though.

    Stuardoslls - downside, i believe, is generally when dealing with the second gens. kit really only lowers one side i believe and does not give as much a benefit as on the first gen.
     
  10. Dec 7, 2010 at 5:11 PM
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    I have a second gen taco and put 2.5 inch spacers in the front suspension and installed diff drop spacers and did have to modify some stuff. plus the skid plated didn't fit any more. i had to go to the hardware store and buy some spacers and longer bolts.. But after installing them and putting the spacers i think its well worth it for 25 bucks.
     
  11. Dec 7, 2010 at 9:55 PM
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    Its nice to see positive things being said about this mod. It does make a difference. If your cv boot fins are touching, it is only a matter of time before the boot will tear. If you have high axle angles, get yourself some cheap insurance. Install a diff drop kit.
     
  12. Dec 7, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    FYI Jason (OP) the pics your showing are the outer boots, which aren't a problem, the problematic boots are the inner boots...
    Regardless, it does look like it helped!
     
  13. Dec 7, 2010 at 11:46 PM
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    rab89 - i'm well aware. just showing the change in angle in the pics. noticeable. thanks though!!
     
  14. Dec 8, 2010 at 8:17 AM
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    I bought a kit from Fat Bob's garage and would not recomend them,parts missing in the kit, It was cheaper for me to make shift some stuff then to send it back!
     
  15. Dec 8, 2010 at 11:52 PM
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    i found it a lot easier to just drill new holes in the rear skid plate for the rear mounting bolts than to use the supplied spacers and hardware. my kit is from toytec by the way. just thinking about future drops of the skid for oil changes and etc. and didnt want to have to deal with the extra hardware supplied with the kit.
     
  16. Dec 9, 2010 at 12:04 AM
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    same shit as everyone else
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  17. Dec 23, 2010 at 8:13 PM
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    Here it is with the new set up.

    BEFORE
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    The way it sits now.
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    Passenger Side CV
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    Inner /Upper Boot
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    Drivers Side CV
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    What do you think? And yes I did install the differential drop. So I can't explain the angle. It is less then 3" (almost 2.75") of lift with 881 Coils and Bilstein at 1" (middle setting). It was confirmed today the the axle's are being replaced. This problem occured less than one week after installing the lift. Will this happen again? The mechanic at the shop didn't think that angle would cause this, he just thinks they are wore out at 123,xxx miles. Which could be true. So I will get the new axle's Sunday and get them installed and see what happens. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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  18. Dec 23, 2010 at 8:39 PM
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    I made my own skid plate spacers (my diff drop kit didn't include them) and used jb weld to secure to mounting points...they're always in place even when I take the skid plate off.
     
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