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Rebuild front diff or buy used?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Inverno4, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Mar 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM
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    Inverno4

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    I think my front diff output shaft bearing is going bad. The truck has been giving the same symptoms as some 2nd Gen owners on here... vibration in the floor at 25-35 mph, but doesn't occur in 4wd. Is it a lot of work to rebuild a front diff? Mine is 4.10 gear ratio, open diff, 7.5". Cost of a rebuilt one from east coast supply is $600 and a rebuild kit is $250. Is there anyways of finding a used one on here? I have a buddy that is pretty knowledgeable to help me rebuild and install it.
     
  2. Mar 9, 2012 at 1:58 PM
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    01Tac0ma

    01Tac0ma Bash Fabriction & Off-Road

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    Look at build!
    I would rebuild it with a locker!
     
  3. Mar 9, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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    Inverno4

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    I'm new to the forum, what's a locker? How long does it take to rebuild a diff?
     
  4. Mar 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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    BVCOTaco

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    Rebuild with a new 3rd member from East Coast Gear Supply with ARB air locker!!!

    A locker provides power to both front wheels when in 4 wheel drive.
     
  5. Mar 9, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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    01Tac0ma

    01Tac0ma Bash Fabriction & Off-Road

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    This^^^ ARB all the way, the locker will cost you around 900 but im pretty sure it comes with everything you need including the compressor....I want one. the only downfall is offfroad you will just need tot ake it somewhat easy on it cause youll start snapping axles if your not carefull but the added traction would be hella sweet from personal experience with the rear locker in mine...night and day!

    Oh and welcome to TW, there is plenty of knowledge to be learned here!
    Check out the first gen builds section for some good ideas of your own truck
     
  6. Mar 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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    The ARB locker sounds sweet! Is it better to just buy a rebuilt one from East Coast Supply than doing out myself with the kit. I called ECGS earlier this week, they were very helpful. I read on a post that a guy replaced his own output shaft bearing in his front diff using a slide hammer, looked like a bitch!
     
  7. Mar 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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    Rebel Taco 22

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    I would just buy the pre-built diff from ECGS with an ARB. Its about 1400. This is what im doing in a month or so.
     
  8. Mar 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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    01Tac0ma

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    Yea ARB is the way to go, just expensive..and if you have someone available that is knowledgable enough to help you rebuild it i would just get the locker and rebuild kit and go at it yourself..its a good learning experience as well and if you ever had to rebuild it again or do the rear you wouldnt be lost in space tryign to figure it out..just make sure to do it on a weekend or something wehn you wont be busy and can sit down and get it done

    edit: or just do what rebel said...didnt realize it came rebuilt with the locker. Havent really looked into all that too much yet since its a little ways down the road for me
     
  9. Mar 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM
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    sk8rjess

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    some duct tape and zip ties
    ps it doesn't come with a compressor - you have to purchase that separately.
     
  10. Mar 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM
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    TrdSurgie

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    Rebuilding a diff is very diffacult to get right. Just because its looks right doesnt mean it is and can be a very costly repair. However, I havn't done one myself. I dont have the know-how.
     
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