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Truetrac up front?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 98fourbangertaco, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Jul 14, 2010 at 6:56 PM
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    98fourbangertaco

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    I have a truetrac in the rear of my taco and are looking in to putting one in the front. Has anyone installed a truetrac or any other lsd or locker in the front of a first gen taco, how did it go, thanks
     
  2. Jul 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM
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    pittim

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    What kind of hubs you got? Non selectable lockers aren't recommended for ADD diffs.
     
  3. Jul 14, 2010 at 7:31 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Well...The Tru Track is more an LS diff.....
     
  4. Jul 14, 2010 at 7:35 PM
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    I have the manuel hubs, oh and i know the truetrac isnt a true locker but i have one in the rear and since its a gear type lsd there are no clutches to slip so u never get into a situation where only one wheel pulls no matter how kinked up the truck is, pretty much a road friendly, non selectable locker imo
     
  5. Jul 14, 2010 at 7:56 PM
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    Yea i am pleased with just the truetrac in the rear and its a major improvement over stock but i think it would be sweet to have that same setup up front too. Just looked at your profile lrgrnr, nice to see a second gen with straight drive, autos are boring, no effience guys
     
  6. Jul 14, 2010 at 8:00 PM
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    well the reason why non selectable lockers aren't recommended in ADD diffs is because everything up front is still spinning even in 2wd. with manual hubs that isn't a problem.


    just remember your front diff isn't the same size as your rear...it's 7.5" RG 27 spline
     
  7. Jul 14, 2010 at 8:13 PM
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    Yea i know they arnt the same cause the front is ifs but i havnt gotten around to looking into what it was exactly casuse im still waiting for some money to fall out of the sky and then im orderin the truetrac, haha, ill get one on order here sometime soon
     
  8. Mar 13, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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    mild lift (3 inch?) of unknown origin (truck was bought used),much more to come.Self-fabbed rock-rails.
    I have been looking at putting a TrueTrac L/S in the front of my truck as well so I'm going to bump this and ask how the install went and how you like it.
     
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  9. Mar 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM
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    Ran a Trutrac in the front diff of my TJ (Dana 30) without manual hubs or any form of axle disconnect without any issues on or off road. I don't know enough about the Tacoma IFS with ADD but it can be done safely on a solid live axle.
     
  11. Mar 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM
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    This guy hasn't been on in 5 months so I'm gonna go ahead and say we aren't getting any response from the op! but would love to hear if anyone has successfully put a limited slip in the front? and just how good are limited slips compared to a selectable locker?
     
  12. Mar 17, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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    Disclaimer: This is all my opinion, your's may differ.:D

    Well, a L/S cannot compare to a locker of any sort, auto or selectable, but are leaps & bounds above an open diff if the driver knows the limitations of the diff & his rig. A locker will almost always be better except in certain situations such as ice. Some people don't even like a L/S in a street-driven truck because of their worries of erratic handling characteristics (which I have never experienced) on slick pavement. Right now,for me it's my budget dictating my options, likely a Detroit out back and a L/S (True-trac) in the front. A True-Trac should work great up front.

    I have run L/S in several vehicles, from a '72 Z-28 to my current Tacoma, I will add that the BEST L/S diffs are the true mechanical types, Not the R2-D2/computer controlled brake biasing systems. I have also run Detroit Lockers front & rear in 2 different on-road/trail run Jeeps with no problems. Sure there was a bit of clacking on tight slow turns, such as into a parking spot on pavement, but I simply got used to it.I have never had a locker act in such a way on pavement that I was fearful of my safety. I have to think that the longer wheelbase & weight of the Tacoma, as well as an auto transmission will go a long way to cancelling out the bad road manners of a locker on the road. Up front, I see NO issues with running a L/S, as it will be an improvement over the open diff.

    If it were in my budget I'd go ARB's all the way, but it isn't so I will go with the second best (IMO) option of a ADD rear diff & a L/S in the front using common sense and not driving like an 18 year old maniac on the street.
     
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  13. Mar 17, 2014 at 1:20 PM
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    I have a tru-trac up front with manual hubs. I cant mention the install, because it came on the truck. But from going from a tacoma w/o the l/s to one with, it took a little getting used to. Really the only issue is a pull-straight-ahead feel. Basically if youre going into a turn with both hubs locked the steering will be slightly fighting you to go straight. The tires like to return to the neutral position. It was annoying at first but now i dont even notice anymore.
     
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