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OFFICIAL 2nd gen 4x4 front differential bearing vibration thread

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BenWA, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Jan 26, 2019 at 5:34 PM
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    Montanahunter

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    I bought my truck used and it was already lifted. I'm not sure how many miles that prievios owner put on with the vibe. When I test drove it I was like what is that he had no clue what I was talking about. Since I got a good price I figured that even if I needed a new different it was still worth it.

    I found this tread and installed the bushing a week later. I had a new CV on hand expecting to need it and I didn't the surface looked smooth.

    I guess what I'm saying is it's not an emergency some have thousands of miles on without any catastrophic failure. I'm no expert but it seems like you didon have to park it and wait for parts. At some point there will be damage to the surface of your CV shaft where the needle bearing rides and that will cost you a new CV shaft.

    For me it was annoying and I had to know it was right.
     
  2. Jan 26, 2019 at 6:23 PM
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    Thanks for the info. Did you do the installation yourself?
     
  3. Jan 26, 2019 at 6:55 PM
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    Yes I did I bought the ecgs puller tool (forgive me I'm at a loss for what they call it). I used a 3/4 drive socket and an extension to install the bushing. Not very many people have this in there garage so some are using a bushing driver set from harbor freight or the ecgs tool.
    I did repace my seal as I didn't want a leak. Some are using a PVC pipe fittings for that.

    I noticed that my CV has a red mark on it this should be down for removal and install as that is the direction tbth the keeper doesn't bind up. This makes that part easy. There Is a good video about page 5 or six on the procedure.
     
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  4. Jan 26, 2019 at 7:51 PM
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    Thank you! Much appreciated
     
  5. Jan 30, 2019 at 10:03 AM
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    Hey George,

    I just PM'd you regarding the tool.

    Thanks!
    Wangamachang

     
  6. Jan 30, 2019 at 5:34 PM
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    Has anyone had success with installing the front diff drop and the vibration going away?

    Sorry if already discussed.
     
  7. Jan 30, 2019 at 5:44 PM
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    No, diff drop does almost nothing.
     
  8. Jan 30, 2019 at 6:25 PM
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    Thanks for reply. That seemed to be the consensus on other threads as well.
     
  9. Feb 6, 2019 at 4:53 PM
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    Puller tool available soon $30
     
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  10. Feb 8, 2019 at 4:30 PM
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    I just regeared to 4.88 at a local shop and had them install the bushing. They were awesome! They just did it. No extra cost. Anyways... no more vibration.
     
  11. Feb 13, 2019 at 12:23 PM
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    I installed the ECGS bushing and have noted a pretty significant drop in gas mileage since. Before the bushing there was quite a bit of slop in the axle where it goes into the front diff, and after the bushing it's very much not sloppy at all. Tighter than the right side as a matter of fact. Has anyone else observed a drop in gas mileage? I will note that my tires were down a couple of pounds due to the cold weather but I wouldn't think that would cause a 3mpg drop in mileage.

    Regardless, I still think I'm going to install the manual hubs at some point soon. My truck is mostly a commuter with occasional mountain trips, mostly during the summer climbing season. So I should get a decent payback on the hubs...

    Anyway, thanks for any insight anyone has on their mileage after the bushing install.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2019 at 7:12 PM
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    Just installed mine and I gotta say the before and after is night and day. Before it almost felt like a bad wheel bearing, intermittent but generally between 30 and 40 mph. Now it glides like a hockey puck. No more friction, better gas mileage. I have to get an alignment done again, the truck pulls to the right a little. It was that bad. So here I am, yet another saved soul from that damned CV axle slop. I thought I was going to have to take the lift off but tacomaworld and Chase at ECGS saved my you know what! Big thank you from a new member
     
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  13. Feb 17, 2019 at 5:31 AM
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    Anyone have the removal and install tool that they are willing to let go of. Probably won’t do mine until spring, but wanted to make sure I have one on hand.
     
  14. Feb 23, 2019 at 1:55 PM
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    Does it matter which end the of ECGS goes into the diff? That's tomorrow's project. I see each end is different.
     
  15. Feb 24, 2019 at 6:10 AM
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    It matters. The fully enclosed end is that way so you an smack it with the seal driver.
     
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  16. Feb 24, 2019 at 6:31 AM
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    Thank you @Texoma kind of thought that but better safe than sorry...
     
  17. Feb 24, 2019 at 8:12 AM
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    I have to do this to my brother in laws tacoma. Been a few years since I did mine. Not sure if I still have my removal tool, might have to make a new one. I forget what I used to install the bushing and the seal, gonna pick up a seal and race driver set and see if that works.

    I imagine his front diff fill and drain bolts are going to be seized in place too.
     
  18. Feb 24, 2019 at 9:34 AM
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    Here's hoping they aren't :fingerscrossed:
    I used a pick tool and cleaned them out so the Allen wrench bottoms out in the bolts.
     
  19. Feb 24, 2019 at 9:41 AM
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    Lifted, Locked, Armored. Ready To Wheel.
    Thanks. That’s definitely good advice.
     
  20. Feb 24, 2019 at 5:10 PM
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    I have a removal tool if anyone needs one
     

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