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What would it take to put the Electric Locking Differential in?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Kuneff, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. Nov 19, 2009 at 6:15 AM
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    Kuneff

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    I just picked up my 3rd Tacoma... This one is a 97 Base model. 4cyl, 5 speed standard cab. I am planning to use it for a Woods Buggy fire wood hauling truck. I wanted a John Deere Gator, but this route was cheaper... :D

    I would like to put the locking Diff in this truck, but I am not sure what all is involved with that.. Anyone do this before?? Any knowledgeable input would be appreciated.
     
  2. Nov 19, 2009 at 6:17 AM
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    If you are refering to the TRD E-locker, it will require a rear axle swap. Plus you would need to run wiring to engage and disengage it. Or you can go the ARB air locker route.
     
  3. Nov 19, 2009 at 6:24 AM
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    Is any of the wiring in the truck from factory? or would I have to wire it all up?

    What year axles will work in a 97?
     
  4. Nov 19, 2009 at 6:35 AM
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    Any TRD OR axle will work from 95.5-04. Granted the TRD didn't emerge until 98 I think. No, the wiring will not be in your truck. You will have to do it.
     
  5. Nov 19, 2009 at 6:44 AM
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    Any idea what a conversion like this would cost, buying used parts?

    Is there a more cost effective route? Like maybe just an aftermarket limited slip rear diff?
     
  6. Nov 19, 2009 at 6:48 AM
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    Personally I think paying the $1500-$1600 for an ARB locker, compressor and install would be your best bet and least frustrating. At least with the ARB air compressor you would also have on board air.
     
  7. Nov 19, 2009 at 6:52 AM
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    As Kilted said, there are more cost effective routes. The ARB will give you the on board air. A Powertrax is an easy to install mechanical locker. The Detroit Tru-trac is also a proven LSD for these trucks. You have several options for this. It just comes down to how far you want to go and spend.
     
  8. Nov 19, 2009 at 7:00 AM
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    Ok, I am really liking the cheaper ideas... BUT I do not want a full locker. I will be driving the truck on the road some. is the lock rite a full locker??? How much does a Detroit usually run?
     
  9. Nov 19, 2009 at 7:12 AM
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    The Lock Rite looks interesting. Is it going to behave like an AWD car and just bog down when the wheels start to slip? I'd love to lock mine up but still would like to smoke the tires occaisonally :)
     
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    I have a Lock-Rite in the front on my '97. But then, I have manual locking hubs, so it's only there when you need it.
     
  13. Nov 20, 2009 at 6:53 AM
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    I am afraid that would be too much of a project for me. I am looking to keep it cheap...
     
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    I beloive replaceing the whole axel would be a simple Remove and replace. Then, just run a 12v "On/off" to the axel, and your done. Maybe an hour install......
     
  16. Nov 20, 2009 at 8:31 AM
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    very true... except for the cost of a complete axle...
     
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    It's really not that easy. You need a controller to turn off the power once the motor has actuated all the way.

    It just so happens I've built just such a controller and am willing to give it to anyone who is going to do the axle swap.
     
  19. Nov 20, 2009 at 8:35 AM
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    or you can just buy the harness from ORS and be done with it
    http://www.offroadsolutions.com/harnesses.html
     
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