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What have you done to your Tacoma today? 1st Gen Edition

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SlimDigg, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Oct 11, 2021 at 6:17 PM
    SiberianTacos

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    I did same thing. Using 1/4" spacers is perfect for the seats to be slightly over oem height
     
  2. Oct 11, 2021 at 8:01 PM
    Blackdawg

    Blackdawg Dr. Frankenstein

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    Wait the seats sit lower than stock from the get go? Yeesh. That's annoying haha

    Did you just raise the front or the whole thing?
     
  3. Oct 11, 2021 at 8:27 PM
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    Yep, it's about 1" lower than stock, assuming you use the Corbeau brackets. Besides being too low to see over the hood (not quite that, but it definitely felt more like a 3rd gen), it also means there's not enough room under the seats for a ham radio (but I'm not sure you keep yours there).

    I raised both front and back, which also solves the "room under the seat" issue.

    You can see more details as usual, here: AdventureTaco - turbodb's build and adventures | Replacing My Seats with Corbeau XRS... Or Not | Page 220 | Tacoma World

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    You actually have me worried. Should I be? It's a fume thing, I suppose.

    Also, two other questions:
    1. Do I need to pull the axle? I wasn't planning on it, figured it didn't hurt to leave it in there.
    2. If I drill the ends of the crack, do I need to worry about a few little metal flakes dropping into the housing? I assumed not on this as well, as they'll just wash down into the diff housing and come out in the next drain.
    Note: it's the drilling (and so giving a direct path for the arc into the housing) that has me concerned about your fire comment, since I've obviously welded on the housing before with no issue whatsoever (shock mounts).

    @Reh5108
     
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  4. Oct 11, 2021 at 8:45 PM
    Reh5108

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    I did not remove the axles. It was easier to roll around with them still on there and some steel wheels. Removing the housing just makes life more comfortable. The drain plug should catch any metal shavings left from drilling.

    I had no issues with fire. Oil isn't as volatile as gas. I don't think it's much of a concern. Always a good idea to have an extinguisher handy though when welding.
     
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  5. Oct 11, 2021 at 9:30 PM
    drr

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    Not an issue, I've always left the oil in my axle when welding leaf perches and shock mounts. I mean, the oil is there to act as a heat sink in the first place, right? You won't be putting enough heat into it to warp anything anyway.
     
  6. Oct 11, 2021 at 9:36 PM
    turbodb

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    I've always left the oil in there for those things as well, and so wasn't worried.

    This time, I removed the oil (so it'll just be fumes) since I'm going to be drilling and don't want it leaking out the holes (and crack) as I weld. Plus, Ryan had a good suggestion of thoroughly torching (propane) the crack area prior to welding to burn out as much oil as possible.

    But yeah, there isn't going to be much air in the housing anyway - esp with the axles still in there - so even if there was an issue, it wouldn't last long.
     
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  7. Oct 11, 2021 at 11:03 PM
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    Good to know. I’m waiting for my Archive shock relocation kit and was wondering if I had to drain the rear diff when welding the lower shock mounts. Did you have to change the axle seals after welding?
     
  8. Oct 12, 2021 at 3:21 AM
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  9. Oct 12, 2021 at 7:55 AM
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    No, you shouldn’t have to change the seals. If you’re putting so much heat into it that the seals are warping/melting, something’s not right.
     
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  10. Oct 12, 2021 at 8:02 AM
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    When you call a pipeline welder to do a hack's job :p
     
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  11. Oct 12, 2021 at 8:05 AM
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    Squeaky Penguin Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    Might be different if you're welding shock mounts outside the leaf perches like the Archive kit. Especially if you an ABS housing with the inboard seals. You'd be welding right on top of them. :notsure:
     
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  12. Oct 12, 2021 at 1:44 PM
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    ATF type IV is what mine asks for so I'd double check
     
  14. Oct 12, 2021 at 4:33 PM
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    I have another stupid question --

    While looking for options to replace my steering wheel, I noticed that mine is -- "was" -- actually leather-wrapped, which I guess makes sense because it's a Limited -- does this mean that if I cut away the destroyed leather, that there might be a perfectly good steering wheel underneath?
     
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  15. Oct 12, 2021 at 5:27 PM
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    how much would you charge if you ever made these to sell? It looks hella time consuming.
     
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  17. Oct 12, 2021 at 5:54 PM
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    Logans2001 What’s crackin’

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    Did an oil change then took it to my buddys shop for free rotations and balances. Also replaced my smooth side pillar for one with a handle so I can get in and out easier. Transmission oil change and interior detail tomorrow.
    My old pillar cover is for sale btw check the BST.

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  18. Oct 12, 2021 at 9:13 PM
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    Started work on the rear axle housing. Everything going reasonably as expected so far I'd say, but I only had a couple hours to work on it, so only got through the destruction part today.

    Cracking looks extensive to me - or at least more than I expected. I don't think it's all cracked through yet - only the largest (one side of the spring perch) has started to make its way through - but it appears that there is also a crack along the front of the perch (to me).

    So, I could use some help/second opinions on the drilling. I tried to use a pencil to show where I think the ends of the cracks are (hard for me to see).
    1. I think there are 2 cracks. One "vertical" and one "horizontal."
    2. These look like the right places to drill to others? The more detail you can give to show me where you think the extent of the cracks are, the better. Feel free to screenshot and mark up with your favorite paint app.
    3. There is a 3rd spot at the end of the video where I sort of point at an area with the pencil. As I look at it on the video, I don't think this is a crack. Agree?
    4. Lastly, does the "waviness" of the cracks give anyone pause? I wasn't expecting that. Esp. you Ryan @Reh5108 and Brett @Squeaky Penguin.
    And thank you for your time. Very much.

     
  19. Oct 12, 2021 at 9:28 PM
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    I never investigated the extent of the cracks on my old housing before it went to the scrap bin, but there were definitely cracks running along the front of the perch as well. What you really need is Ryan's magic powder that makes cracks more obvious.
     
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  20. Oct 12, 2021 at 9:56 PM
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    I see four spots to drill. Sorry about the tiny red circles, hopefully you can see them.
    This looks like pretty classic stress fatigue, you’re getting tearing around the perch which is a stress riser where it’s attached to the axle tube. I was originally going to say that you could probably weld it and live with it for a while, but after seeing this I think it’s a good idea that you’re getting a new housing.
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    That other area to the left, hard to tell. You could grind it down a little more and see if anything appears.

    Are you going to groove the cracks before welding?
     
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