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New Option for Front Diff Drain Plug

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by po35042, Nov 28, 2020.

  1. Nov 28, 2020 at 6:32 PM
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    po35042

    po35042 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I finally got my old front diff drain plug out and replaced it with this new plug from Kaon, an Aussie outfit that sells direct and also on eBay. Quality looks to be top notch. Nice big 24mm head. Very strong magnet. Made from Hardened and Tempered tool steel. Came with the copper washer.
    Kaon front diff drain.jpg

    I took a chance because it said it fit Hilux,Prado,and FJ Cruiser, and the pics looked just like our front diff. Wasn't sure if it would fit a US spec Tacoma, but can now confirm it does fit.

    Mfg link is here: https://www.kaon.com.au/diff-front-drain-plug-to-suit-toyota-hilux-kun26-p

    eBay link is here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Diff-Front...-KUN26-Prado-90-120-150-FJ-LC200/191867467634

    Kaon diff drain.jpg
     
  2. Nov 28, 2020 at 6:49 PM
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    Does it retain the magnet though?
     
  3. Nov 28, 2020 at 6:54 PM
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    It has the magnet, looked to be crimped in there pretty well. They claim it is an "extra strong rare earth magnet" on their website.
     
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  4. Nov 28, 2020 at 8:32 PM
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    Don't use a breaker bar to install it.:D
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    Thanks for the link OP.
     
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    Still thinking about it.
    Thanks OP Patrick. Good knowledge sharing! I’d be interested in what Australian wheelers are doing anyday!
     
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  7. Nov 28, 2020 at 8:52 PM
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    Haha I know... I stopped at 45 ft lbs just to be safe. I bought the truck used and the plug that was in there had been ripped a new one. Chisel and judicious heat finally did the trick.
     
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    Also remember that those are probably torque specs for dry, clean threads. If there is diff fluid in the threads (which there inevitably will be), the plug torque should be reduced accordingly.
     
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    There is a thread with a ton of info already about how the Lexus drain plug can replace this plug...
     
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  10. Nov 29, 2020 at 10:42 AM
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    Yes I have read several threads on here about the front diff plug, and was going to get the Lexus plug at first (cheaper), but then found this one that's hardened and also matches the 24mm hex on the other drains. Thought I'd give it a try and see. So far so good, but I'll update if I have any problems with it.
     
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    Well isn't that just swell
     

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