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Rear diff swap

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by 06toyoboy, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Jan 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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    06toyoboy

    06toyoboy [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So i recently bought an 03 tacoma pre runner with no locking rear diff and since i am new at this entire truck scene, so i want to swap to a locking rear diff and i am wondering how difficult this can be and if it is worth it or not.
     
  2. Jan 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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    tan4x4

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    Lots of threads about this, do a search.
    Basically, you'll need to locate an entire axle housing assembly and swap it in.
    The e-lock differentials are not compatible with your housing.
     
  3. Jan 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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    06toyoboy

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    I did a search but came up empty. I saw threads but for second gens. And there is an axle here locally for $400 but i dont know if thats too expensive.
     
  4. Jan 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM
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    Bullfrog

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    You can easily modify the 8" axel to fit the elocker
     
  5. Jan 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM
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    BamaToy1997

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    You found a Tacoma axle that has a factory locker in it for $400? I would grab it up fast myself. You can always install the rest of the wiring and your own switch to engage the locker.
     
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