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grey wire mod

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 2003greenbean, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. Dec 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM
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    When the locker engages is the light still blinking? If I push the button it blinks really fast, but when I'm in 4 low and push it it blinks really slow? Dafuq???
     
  2. Dec 6, 2013 at 8:02 AM
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    My light blinks initially when I first engage the locker. After the locker engages the light stays solid. I can't recall it ever blinking really fast at any point whatsoever. Don't know what's going on with yours. Did this happen before you did the mod?
     
  3. Dec 6, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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    i havent done the mod i just was wondering because i dont think ive ever had my locker truly engaged.. i just got the truck and im wondering if its frozen up because the previous owner didnt even know what it was...
     
  4. Dec 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM
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    Yes sir, that could be your problem. Try pushing the locker button and driving forward and then in reverse at about 5 mph and see it it will engage. I live in Houston and the only time I really need mine is when I go to my deer lease in Louisiana so I make it a habit to engage mine at least once every two weeks to keep it from freezing.
     
  5. Dec 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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    Yeah, do wide s-turns forward and reverse. When I first got my truck it took a little while for it to engage. Now mine engages almost immediately.
     
  6. Dec 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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    Ya I went wheeling yesterday and I couldn't get it to engage for the life of me... Ughh
     
  7. Dec 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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    Another way to see if it's engaging it to take it off the housing and engage it while you can see the gears of the motor.

    You have to be careful when re-installing the motor though. You must make sure to set the motor to disengage/off. Then make sure you pull the fork in the axle housing away from the center to the "unlocked" position.

    I took mine apart when I was trying to figure out why mine got stuck in the locked position (Burnt wiring). Ever since I re-installed mine it has locked and unlocked smoother and faster than ever.
     
  8. Dec 9, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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    Are you sure about this? "Once engaged, you can go as fast as you like?" If you are only to use it, while in 4Low, why would you use it going 40 or 50 MPH? Is it possible to go over 5MPH, and have it on? I know you are supposed to turn it on below 5MPH, and not over, but once turned on, you can go drive around on the highway and such at speeds greater than that???
     
  9. Dec 9, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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    You can on a highway that's straight or anything that isn't a sharp turn. If you try to turn at a decent speed with a locked rear differential on pavement (no give in terrain) one wheel will spin faster than the other resulting in faster tire ware in 2wd. Now try to drive with a locked rear diff in 4 high on pavement and you will likely risk drivetrain binding. Having a locked rear outside of 4wd is more for having fun than anything.
     
  10. Dec 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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    I was just thinking about driving to the mtns with snow, etc. I was just afraid to drive any faster than 5MPH with it on. Good to know that I can do 30MPH or so with it on, and not break anything.
     
  11. Dec 9, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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    Yeah i think it isn't recommended to run 4 high and the locker on in snow though, someone correct me if I'm wrong. I think it can cause the truck to behave unpredictably. You are safer either being just in 4hi, not locked, or 2high locked (behaving like a rwd car).
     
  12. Dec 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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    Right right. Yeah I would not drive in 4Hi with the Locker actuated. Just in 2WD,with it on, or 4Lo. Thanks for the input. Greatly appreciated.
     
  13. Dec 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM
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    If the locker was disengaged when you pull it off you just need to replace the actuator the way you found it when you put it back on, correct? As long as you didn't try to disengage/engage the actuator while it was off?
     
  14. Dec 9, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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    How do you know what the issue is if you don't engage/disengage to actuator(gears) when the motor is off of the housing? ;)

    If you don't do that then there is no point in removing the locker motor. It's not hard to line everything back up, just a little trial and error for about 5-10 minutes.
     
  15. Dec 9, 2013 at 11:26 PM
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    Oh I know I was just asking just in case because I was pulling my non-working actuator and replacing it with a known working actuator from a donor truck. Tested out my grey wire mod tonight finally too :)
     
  16. Dec 10, 2013 at 5:39 AM
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    Once engaged the speed limit is however fast the truck will go. I'm sure Pre-runner guys in the desert have gone much more the 40 or 50 in the sand with it locked.
     
  17. Jan 12, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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    Did the mod. Locker worked great for a while. Now wont disengage. Any ideas?

    Figured it out. wet connectors. nevermind....
     
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  18. Feb 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM
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    Just did this mod as well works great
     
  19. Feb 5, 2014 at 3:22 AM
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    I dont know where you heard that , you can safely run your locker in 4hi or just in 2wd, if anything just dont have it engaged on pavement, either the locker or 4x mode..
     
  20. Feb 5, 2014 at 5:51 AM
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    I wasn't saying it would be bad for the truck, just thought I heard that the truck wouldn't behave like you want. I haven't tried to run locked in 4 much to see how the truck responds.
     
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