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Solid Axle Swap

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Toynbyu, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. Jan 2, 2009 at 4:05 PM
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    Toynbyu

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    I know there is a lot out there, but I was wondering if any of you guys have done the solid axle swap on your Tacoma. The shop that did most of the custom work on mine want $4800.00 to do the swap using top of the line equipment. Anybody done this?
     
  2. Jan 16, 2009 at 11:05 AM
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    mcorbin

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    is that parts and labor? if just labor, they're insanely ripping you off.
     
  3. Jan 16, 2009 at 11:16 AM
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    Sorry if I sound stupid, but whats the pros of a solid axle swap?
     
  4. Jan 16, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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  5. Jan 16, 2009 at 11:47 AM
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    Primarily it's a benefit in rockcrawling. A lot more suspension travel with SAS than IFS. Suspension, axle, & steering components are less complicated (easier to fix).
     
  6. Jan 16, 2009 at 11:59 AM
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    purdy much
     
  7. Jan 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM
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    Killer Red Taco

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    It looks great! They are stronger as well.
     
  8. Jan 16, 2009 at 5:06 PM
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    Not just rock crawling! There are some disadvantage to solid axle's, ride quality and road manners being one, ground clearance is less with a solid axle. They are much heavier then IFS and all that weight is unsprung. I would love to have a solid axle under my truck however!!
     
  9. Jan 16, 2009 at 6:04 PM
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    Toynbyu

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    I guess I should have been more specific. The $4800 includes Labor, all the parts (top of the line stuff from Trail Gear & Marlin Crawler) as well as a ARB air locker. This is no ordinary machine shop. These guys specialize in SAS for Tacos; their work is very meticulous, they have me secluded for the first week in March, I could not get in any earlier. I Plan on taking lots of pictures and keeping notes on how it goes. The shop will have my truck for two weeks.
     
  10. Jan 16, 2009 at 6:08 PM
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    What axle are they using? That seems like a pretty good price.
     
  11. Jan 16, 2009 at 6:18 PM
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    The guy who runs the shop really prefers to use Toyota axle, however he has used Dana 44 as well.
     
  12. Jan 17, 2009 at 1:21 AM
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    Majority of the folks (atleast on TTORA) are using Grand Waggy axles.
    86-91 Jeep Grand Wagoneer axles. Driver side drop and proper width.

    I have one under my Jeep.
     
  14. Jan 17, 2009 at 6:42 AM
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    x2.... :D
     
  15. Jan 17, 2009 at 8:21 AM
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    I have my questions about a swap for $4,800 that includes all the parts. But we'll see.
     
  16. Jan 17, 2009 at 8:26 AM
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    ill be able to SAC sooner if this is for realz
     
  17. Jan 17, 2009 at 8:28 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Im sure you could SAC for less. The first gens are very solid axel friendly.
     
  18. Jan 17, 2009 at 8:32 AM
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    if i owned a welder then sure...but i dont have a clue when it comes to welding...
     
  19. Jan 17, 2009 at 8:37 AM
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    Didn't Wyatt indicate that a 2nd Gen swap is easier than a 1st Gen swap in the build thread??
     
  20. Jan 17, 2009 at 8:39 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Did he? I havent worked on swaping a second gen yet, So I guess I should retract my comment. :eek:
     
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