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Step by step removal and installation of e-locker 3rd member

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MonkeyProof, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Aug 26, 2015 at 11:22 PM
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    jjhitchen

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    90% sure I just popped my rear end (ring gear?) for the first time Saturday. The truck barely moves on its own power but with much popping and terrible sounds in the rear, I was able to limp home with 4wd and park it.

    I will tear into it and take a look this weekend to confirm but all signs point towards it.

    Now I am at a cross roads of whether to just repair and replace or search out an "upgrade" and find a full size rear end with 9" gears and try to make a swap.
     
  2. Aug 31, 2015 at 5:15 PM
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    If the day ever comes for me, ill be at the same crossroads. I would be hard pressed to replace something that will likely break again, so why not go bigger
     
  3. Sep 21, 2015 at 4:15 PM
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  4. Oct 12, 2015 at 2:57 AM
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    I'm doing this Tuesday and have one question. Sorry if it was already covered but I didn't see it.

    How long do i wait once I apply the grey RTV to install the 3rd member and torque it?
     
  5. Oct 12, 2015 at 6:47 AM
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    There's no waiting period, go ahead and torque that sucker down.
     
  6. Oct 12, 2015 at 1:57 PM
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    OK, thanks. The package said let it set for an hour but I didn't think people were doing that.
     
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  7. Oct 12, 2015 at 2:05 PM
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    I finger tighten mine as tight as I can get them and then let it sit until the next morning, then I torque them to spec. Not saying its right but I've done it a few times and I've never gotten any leaks.
     
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  8. Oct 14, 2015 at 3:26 PM
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    Thanks for this thread and the help. This was very easy. The hardest part was getting the driveshaft bolts off, and even that wasn't too difficult. The axles pulled out easily with the brakelines attached, the 3rd member was easy to get off and the new one slipped right on. Now onto the front. I don't expect it to be quite as much fun.
     
  9. Oct 14, 2015 at 3:47 PM
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    Nice! Yeah the front one you have to wrestle out :D
     
  10. Oct 14, 2015 at 3:48 PM
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    After you do the front you'll say it wasn't too bad..just seems like it will be hard. The one thing tho on the front diff. The breather and little vacuum lines should go on as soon as the diff is in position while it is still loose...
     
  11. Oct 18, 2015 at 5:46 PM
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    So my rear ring just broke today. My question is if i get a complete 3rd memeber from ecgs and install it will i have to worry about backlash and shims and a master install kit with all new bearings? Ive never messed with a rear differential before
     
  12. Oct 18, 2015 at 5:57 PM
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    No the complete third is bolt in. You'd only have to deal with all that if you were setting up the ring gear on the diff. ECGS does the hard work for you. Not too bad of a job just pulling and installing complete third.
     
  13. Oct 18, 2015 at 6:07 PM
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    Ok thanks.
     
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  14. Oct 24, 2015 at 4:50 AM
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    Have the write up for the install out yet
     
  15. Oct 24, 2015 at 8:58 AM
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    Is this a question? If so, do the reverse of the removal and you have your answer.
     
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  16. Dec 24, 2015 at 10:08 PM
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    Great write up! Didn't get the correct gearing I wanted but at least I can drive the taco. Here are some pics of how bad the ring and pinion was. Hardest part was bending the brake lines, super sketch!image.jpgimage.jpg
     
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  17. Dec 28, 2015 at 10:12 AM
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    Sorry if covered already, and hell maybe its in another thread somewhere...

    I have a 2wd Prerunner, wanting to install a Locker. Would I still just follow this writeup to the T or am I looking at a different beast completely? thanks!
     
  18. Dec 28, 2015 at 2:41 PM
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    Having problems with my 1st gen. See here.

    Anyone have any ideas?
     
  19. Dec 28, 2015 at 2:58 PM
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    Could be that you need to pull your axles out a little more to free up the 3rd.
     
  20. Dec 28, 2015 at 3:05 PM
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    I've got them out more than a deep 3/4" socket on both sides. Not much more to go.
     
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