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Sky offroad differential guard and e-locker guard install

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by FailRated, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Apr 15, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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    FailRated

    FailRated [OP] RTO

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    I purchased Sky offroads weld on differential guard and bolt on e-locker actuator guard. Both items look well made and a reasonably priced at $40 each.

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    The diff guard is for any toyota 8" axle. The tacomas have a bracket welded to the diff that needs to be removed for the guard to be installed. The bracket is just a guide for the e-brake cable and is just asking to get slammed on a rock. See below.

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    Unbolt the e-brake cable guide from its bracket and relocate the guide to the existing bracket a few inches to the right using the existing bolt. Easypeezy. The e-brake cable guide bracket could easily be removed with a sawzall but since I have a plasma cutter, I did it the easy way:D

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    New guide location. Note the old bracket has been removed(bottom left)
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    Weld the diff guard in place

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    I was using a Lincoln 110 mig welder on its highest heat setting. I wasn't able to get ideal penetration:D on the thick axle housing with my small welder but it was sufficient. I jacked the rear of the truck up completely on the diff guard to test strength. No problems, good to go:cool:

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    I realize the new e-brake cable guide location blocks the fill plug. I think we can all handle removing an extra bolt to add diff fluid.
     
  2. Apr 15, 2012 at 8:26 AM
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    FailRated

    FailRated [OP] RTO

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    The elocker actuator guard is a self explanitory install. Installation of both guards took a total of about an hour.

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  3. May 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    brutalguyracing

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    F.U> GUYZ
    broken mods
    check and double check the clearance of that e locker skid n ur gas tank......
     
  4. May 16, 2012 at 3:36 AM
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    JLink

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    drain plug has no protection and that worries me
     
  5. May 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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    FailRated

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    5100's w/ Eibachs, Front sway bar in trash mod, Diff drop, 265/75-16 Duratracs or 33x10.50 KM2's on 15x8 wheelers steels, ARB front bumper, Warn VR8000 winch, Trailgear sliders, Allpro rear bumper, Sky Offroad E-Locker guard, Sky Offroad weld on differential guard, Savage skid plates w/ Budbuilt cross member, e-locker rear, ARB air locker front, 4.56 gears, bought it from my mom who bought it new :-D
    At full stuff it contacts my gas tank skid but that is all. I have heard there are some potentially fatal clearance issues with some e-locker guards hitting the gas tank.
     
  6. May 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM
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    FailRated

    FailRated [OP] RTO

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    Agreed. Has anybody ripped a drain plug out while wheelin'?
     
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