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Insight needed on rear axle housings

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Bobcat, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. Dec 9, 2010 at 7:42 AM
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    Bobcat

    Bobcat [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a bent housing and it needs to be replaced. Toyota quoted me $1600 for the fix, so that makes me want to do it myself. I have the tools and the mechanical ability just not the experience. I guess I am asking for people who have experience to fill me in on what it will entail. Is this extremely hard and time consuming? My research so far makes me thing it wont be too bad.

    Thoughts on where to get a good used one?
    How do I find a part number for it?
    It needs to fit a 2006 TRD Sport with LSD
    Did this particular housing come on other models and years?



    Any and all input would be greatly appreciated. I posted this in the technical forum as well but it will get more looks here I think.
     
  2. Dec 9, 2010 at 10:20 AM
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    It's a pretty simple procedure. I've swapped the housing on my 97, same process for the new ones.

    Found a complete diff at the wreckers.
    You can use any housing out of a 05+ tacoma without the e-locker.

    Just pull the tires off, pull the axles, driveshaft off, pull the 3rd member, take off brake lines and unbolt u-bolts. Then re-install the new housing.
    Not terribly difficult for someone with mechanical knowledge.
     
  3. Dec 9, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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    My worry was/is dealing with the gearing and 3rd member stuff. Is that not really that hard? Is there much to take apart there?

    I need to get the OEM shop manual I guess. Anyone know of a good place to get one either in book form or on a CD?
     
  4. Dec 9, 2010 at 10:35 AM
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    Di trut is 100% correct, Any housing that is non-Elocker housing from 05+ tacoma will work for you.
    Once you have replacement housing order new axle seals since pulling axles out usually destroys them. Also get new gasket for third member.
    Good luck

    You will swap your thrid into housing so no gear setup needed.
     
  5. Dec 9, 2010 at 10:40 AM
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    You don't do any gearing. In order to get the 3rd (gears) out you pull the axle shafts out. Then unbolt the 3rd and break the seal. The whole assembly will fall out. You put the 3rd in the new axle housing and bolt it down. After that you put the axle shafts back in.

    Here's the manual
    2005 to 2006 Toyota Tacoma OEM Repair Manuals
     
  6. Dec 9, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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    Once the axles are pulled out, you can take off the dozen or so bolts that hold the 3rd in and it slides out as one big chunk. Pretty easy, no worries about gear setup.

    You can download the factory service manual here. i'm sure the procedure is covered in there. good luck.
    http://www.ncttora.com/fsm/
     
  7. Dec 9, 2010 at 12:50 PM
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    You guys are the best. Now I cant wait to tear into it. Have to get the housing first but it sounds like I have found one in Spokane which is not too far away. $425 is a bit steep for a used on in my opinion.
     
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