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locking Differential for prerunner

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Dilley, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:02 AM
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    I have a 2006 PreRunner 2.7L and wish I would have gotten 4x4 because I moved where it snows alot. I want to get a locking differential but dont know what my gear ratio or diameter or wich one will work. It seems like they make everything you could ever want for the older models.
     
  2. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:06 AM
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  3. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:11 AM
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    Thanks.. Do you know if they make it for my truck? I guess i will just them
     
  4. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:12 AM
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    I'm pretty sure they do. If not just search around.
     
  5. Oct 22, 2009 at 6:24 AM
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    Hiya C. Gorge. I think a lot of people are gettingg the ARB locker. Whatever you do with the locker, don't drive with it on the road unless its an automatic or selectable locker, or you will fishtail and go off the road. It might be cheaper to run some snow tires, if its for freeway/road driving.
     
  6. Oct 22, 2009 at 6:33 AM
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    Unless you plan to off-road, you'd probably be better served with a limited slip over a locker. It will cause both wheels to spin in low friction situations, which is both good (gets you going if 1 tire is on ice) and bad (will more easily fishtail).

    Many have used the Trutrac or "Detroit" locker with good results, and it's quite a bit cheaper and easier to install than a selectable locker. Search the forum and you'll find a lot of info about it.
     
  7. Oct 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM
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    well I moved way up in the country and my driveway is like a mile long so I am going to need some better traction. I recieved an email from ARB and they make a Locker for my truck the part number is RD 129. That set up is a little more than I would like to spend. I have been reading about the aussie style lockers but i dont know if they make a thant type for my vehicle. I think that might be the best way to go. I am still waiting for a reply from a couple of companies.
     
  8. Oct 22, 2009 at 11:52 AM
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    Try powertrax also.
     
  9. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:01 PM
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    Yeah I wrote them last night I am still waiting for a reply
     
  10. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM
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    A LSD will probably suit you better in the snow than a locker would. You can install the OEM LSD that comes stock with the TRD Sport models in your rear end.
     
  11. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:15 PM
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    any clutch type limited slip diff is best in the snow. eaton and/or aussie should make what you need. The reason being, when one wheel starts to slip the other will seamlessly kick in smoothly because the clutches are smooth and allow smooth tranfer of power. A locking/gear style LSD (detroit) is not smooth and the extra jolt could cause you to loose control while driving at higher speed (faster than 25mph) because when one wheel slips the wheels lock together. I would stay away from a true locker (ARB) you dont want both wheels locked together until you need it. with air lockers you want to be stopped to lock it in which will cause you to loose all your momentum. clutch style lsd is automatic and is smooth. My .02
     
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    Eaton makes the rear diff for toyota TRD sport LSD and TRD offroad e locker
     
  13. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:18 PM
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    thanks, I looked into LSD It is better than being open but i think that it slips to much. I really want the powertrax or aussie style of locker i think they are the best. LSD may work good in the snow but not that good under high power situations like going up a dirt hill or something.
     
  14. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:19 PM
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    I have locker on mine,(ARB) but i doubt I will ever use it - limited slip would be much more practical for winter road use.
     
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    Yep. I bought mine used from a member here that had swapped to an ARB locker. Got a pretty good deal on it and it only had about 1500 miles on it. I pulled the clutch pack out of the carrier to verify it was in good shape before installing the carrier, it has virtually no wear at all. The reason why I mentioned this is because if i remember correctly, someone had one on here for sale recently. A locker in the snow or ice will get you in more trouble than it will help.
     
  16. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:33 PM
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    Snows alot? Mile long driveway? I'd start by getting some good winter tires first, see how that works out.

    Your talking a bit of cash for a new rear axle plus install. It'll help some, my snow tires and LSD on flat ground, half foot wet snow and maybe a foot if its really dry snow is max for me in 2wd. Dimishes quick if uphill or ice underneath. One other thing to keep in mind is a locker or LSD in 2wd in certain deeper snow conditions you get rear axle hop.

    But its still not like having 4wd. You at a tipping point where maybe for a little more it'd be better to trade for 4x4...if the tires dont work (can always keep em' and run on next truck)
     
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    im gona put an arb in cuz i live by pismo and it will b worth the money. last two times i got stuck (prerunner non trd) so i will use it a lot. cheapest rd 129 i found was $800 and the compressor was 220. plus the install.
     
  18. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:45 PM
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    If you see anymore for sell let me know.

    I have some good neighbors on my driveway and they have tractors so they will plow the snow if it gets to deep. its on a bit of an incline and i dont want to have to leave my truck at my mailbox because only one wheel is spinning. I am also getting new all terain tires. Not as good as snow but better than stock, I dont want to trade my truck in because i only have one more year of payments and I dont know how long I will live here.
     
  19. Oct 22, 2009 at 12:51 PM
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    Yeah limited slip would probly not work to well on the sand. that locker is good. do you have you found any from powertrax that work on a prerunner? i think that it would be just as good as the rd129
     
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    yea i called them last week. they have one quoted at 350 but im not liking the idea of how it engauges. heard great things about them, but will go arb not only for the on/off locker as well as the compressor being able to air up my tires and camping gear. much more convienient.
     
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