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I have an SR5 Tacoma, does it have positive rear end

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by bamatacoma88, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Jul 24, 2011 at 6:46 PM
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    Just bought a '98 Tacoma SR5 3.4L 5spd, great shape and very nice, i love it, and i can't wait to get them BFG KM/2s on it next week. I'm used to Ford V8s and love them too

    What does the SR5 mean, and i haven't had time to jack it up yet to see if it has positive traction yet. I went thru a long mudhole in 2wd with the really slick tires, and it came on out every time pretty easy. If its not posi, where can i buy a spool or locker, or get a posi rear axle from a wrecked one.
     
  2. Jul 24, 2011 at 6:47 PM
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    Welcome to TW! If you dont have a Diff Lock button on the left side of the steering wheel, then you have an open diff.
     
  3. Jul 24, 2011 at 6:52 PM
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    TRD offroad Tacomas come with factory electronic lockers that are pretty decant. You can go to a junk yard and try and find one i think to swap. Or there are lots of aftermarket ones your can get.

    Welcome to TW!
     
  4. Jul 25, 2011 at 5:43 AM
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    SR5 used to stand for Sport Rally 5speed. Now it's just the trim pkg with the bells and whistles. As the two previous guys said, no RR DIF LOCK button means open dif.

    You can get a lunchbox locker for a couple hundred or so though. Selectable are more money, and ARB (best IMHO) is over a grand. It's hard to get an axle out of a wrecked Toyota because most of the older trucks have been recalled and crushed. Locker 4Runners are rarer.

    Research on here what locker/lsd you want and then just go from there.
     
  5. Jul 25, 2011 at 5:47 AM
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    I think the OP is asking if positraction or LSD came on his truck. I don't think he is referring to a locker in his current setup. Was an LSD an option on the 1st gen Tacomas or was it either you got a switchable locker or open diff?
     
  6. Jul 25, 2011 at 3:02 PM
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    Posi and a locker are VERY different. You can drive on the street with posi (which is GM/domestic equipment, anyway). With a locker engaged on the street, you may very well damage some of your drivetrain. Posi still allows for *some* side to side movement (for going around corners) but a locker is 100% locked.

    Do NOT buy a spool if you drive this truck at all on the street, let alone even fire roads. Spools are for dedicated rock crawlers (i.e. trailer queens). Even then, many guys still have selectible lockers in their rock rigs.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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    i know what posi, locker, and spool is and how it works, a locker would be nice, so u have it when u need, posi i defenately want, i do not want a spool, it is my everyday driver. i'm fixin to go outside and check on posi rear end
     
  8. Jul 27, 2011 at 6:09 PM
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    yeah, i just lifted it up and seen it doesn't have a posi rear end, so i guess i'm gonna have to see if i can find a TRD axle out of a wrecked one, can i just change the differential, or do i have to change the whole axle???
     
  9. Jul 27, 2011 at 10:18 PM
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    You will need a whole TRD rear axle. If you have the money an ARB air locker setup will be much better, the non TRD rear axle is stronger than the TRD e locker rear axle.
     
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  11. Jul 28, 2011 at 3:23 PM
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    don't those things chirp around tight corners?
     
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    Meh auto lockers click and make all sorts of fucked up noises. Still do the job great.
     
  13. Jul 28, 2011 at 4:09 PM
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    the "detroit locker" is detroits auto locker that churps around corners and what not, the "detroit tru trac" is a gear driven limited slip, since its gears it locks up was stronger than a clutch pack lsd, ive had one in mine for bout 10k miles and absolutly love it, cost around 550, its almost a miracle locker because its smooth as silk on the hwy but also locks up almost as solid as an auto locker on the trail, love mine, way to go in my opinion if u dont wanna spend for the arb
     
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