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Nuckle swap

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TocoTime, Dec 6, 2022.

  1. Dec 6, 2022 at 8:15 AM
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    TocoTime

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    New here and still learning so thanks, can anyone tell me if I can put a 2nd gen knuckle on my 1st gen Tacoma in order to alleviate pressing bearing hub assembly, Id rather do the bolt on assembly
    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. Dec 6, 2022 at 8:21 AM
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    Andy01DblCabTacoma

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    Nope- completely different assemblies. If you're handy and have a second vehicle, pull the knuckle yourself and take it to a shop to do the press work- it will be far more affordable. Try a regional forum to get shop recommendations.
     
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  3. Dec 6, 2022 at 8:43 AM
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  4. Dec 6, 2022 at 9:07 AM
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    You can change the bearing out at home if you have a good vise and rent a few tools from Autozone or QRielys Auto parts. Just did one a few weeks ago. You also need a torque wrench and a big breaker bar and correct socket.
    tools needed: Bearing puller to rent
    Ball joint installer to rent
    I'm going to do a complete write up on it when I do the other side in a month or so.
     
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  5. Dec 6, 2022 at 9:12 AM
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    Well yall busted my bubble Ive done the hubs on my sons Tacoma which is 1st gen I was just hoping a swap would work, guess Im buying a press
    Thanks
     
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  6. Dec 6, 2022 at 9:40 AM
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    The easiest way to install new bearing into the spindle/knuckle it self is to use heat and cold. Take your new bearing and put in in the freezer a few hours before you install it. :confused: Clean up your knuckle, fire up your BBQ on low setting and cook your spindle to 200-250F.:eek::eek: Watch grill temp and don't let temp get over 250F. Once it's warm pull it out and immediately drop frozen frozen bearing into it.:D Save the old outer race and have a hammer close by incase it needs a tap to seat it. Sounds crazy but it works.
    Oh and wrap upper ball joint in tinfoil to keep any grease that might drip out away from your BBQ grill. Mine didn't leak any out.
     
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