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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. Apr 26, 2021 at 11:15 AM
    Silver02Taco

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    I guess I need to lower my front end. Just had my CV's re-booted not 3 months ago and they're already torn. :annoyed:
     
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  2. Apr 26, 2021 at 11:16 AM
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    yeah that was the song and dance I played for at least a year...torn boot, new CV, torn boot, new CV, torn boot....on and on. After giving in and lowering it, it's been at least a year now since the last torn one. It's so nice lol.
     
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  3. Apr 26, 2021 at 11:34 AM
    El Taco Diablo

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    Found these knobs for my T-case shifters. I like the look, and they make things less complicated for others, not quite as familiar with the set up (wife, sons).

    Plus... Gotta admit... sometimes they confused me, when I haven't wheeled in a while.

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    ... fixed my intermittent dome light by cleaning contacts and applying dielectric grease. Installed a new led festoon light and soldered on two resistors. Went ahead and changed the map lights with the same festoon bulb but with one resistor each.
     
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  5. Apr 26, 2021 at 12:24 PM
    El Taco Diablo

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    Manual hubs :gossip:
     
  6. Apr 26, 2021 at 12:28 PM
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  7. Apr 26, 2021 at 12:33 PM
    El Taco Diablo

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    Another question about a 63 swap.

    Last spring, when I boxed and reinforced the frame, relocated shocks, etc... I welded the lower mounts to the axle (obviously). Right after I did this, my axle seal(s) blew. (Not sure if both of them blew, but I know the driver side did for sure).

    Is this just a coincidence? Or should I have done something other than being careful not to just bare down and burn a bunch of metal, letting it cool between short sections of weld. I figured the diff oil would be enough of a heat sink (and with the axle vent) that the heat of the weld wouldn't blow anything.

    How do other people go about welding to the axle? Because I'll have the perches to burn on, and I may re-do my lower shock mounts while I'm at this.
     
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  8. Apr 26, 2021 at 12:51 PM
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    I can't imagine it getting much hotter than the gear friction on a long day of driving/wheeling.
     
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  9. Apr 26, 2021 at 12:54 PM
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    That's kind of (exactly) what I was thinking.
     
  10. Apr 26, 2021 at 12:56 PM
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    Maybe if you did a whole truss weld at the same time I could see it boiling out.
     
  11. Apr 26, 2021 at 1:09 PM
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    Yep, that was also a thought that I had.

    Just wanting to make sure that's the general consensus. Would love to avoid doing the rear axle seals again any time soon.
     
  12. Apr 26, 2021 at 1:54 PM
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    Where did ya get this thingy?

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  13. Apr 26, 2021 at 2:27 PM
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    Marlboro's? Gas station. :stirthepot:
     
  14. Apr 26, 2021 at 2:44 PM
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    I know the TC rear relocation kit says that often times the welding can affect the axle seals and to plan on replacing them when installing the kit.
     
  15. Apr 26, 2021 at 2:47 PM
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    I'm thinking about draining the axle and pulling the axles out while I weld it this time. Don't really want to do that, but I'd rather buy 4 quarts of diff oil than axle seals AND 4 quarts of diff oil.
     
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  16. Apr 26, 2021 at 2:51 PM
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    It would probably help. Although I think just not taking long passes and consciously trying to keep things cool should be good.
     
  17. Apr 26, 2021 at 2:53 PM
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    Thing that has me nervous is that is actually EXACTLY what I did when I did my lower mounts last spring, and my axle seals had to be replaced right after that.

    It could be coincidence. Those seals had better than 250K miles on them. Or, maybe I blew them while welding the mounts. And the perches are closer to the seals than the mounts were.
     
  18. Apr 26, 2021 at 3:07 PM
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    It's just shy of 3". When I beefed up mine with 3inch pipe I needed to pinch the pipe. Just a bit to get a better fit. You might want to consider beefing your up to keep the axle from cracking in that area. I had no problem with seals after burning mine on twice.
     
  19. Apr 26, 2021 at 3:19 PM
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    Maybe it was the heat in combination with the age that did it, hopefully the new seals will fair better results this time
     
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  20. Apr 26, 2021 at 3:59 PM
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    Not likely. Especially given the location of your mounts. If they had been on the ends like the TC kit's are then I'd consider replacing the seals.

    Your truck has a lot of miles right? Cause that is much more likely the reason. The bearings go bad and that causes the seal to go bad. Did you end up doing bearings?
     
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