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why is there a slip joint on the front DS?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ywen, May 4, 2011.

  1. May 4, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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    ywen

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    is there a lot of movement expected between the front diff and transfer case? I thought those are bolted to the frame? Why is there a slip joint on the front DS then?
     
  2. May 4, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    Space Wrangler

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    good question.
     
  3. May 4, 2011 at 11:21 AM
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    Maybe they were planning on people doing a diff drop :D
     
  4. May 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM
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    How about if you lift the truck and need more drive shaft toyota save you some money by installing that slip joint. Also with a lift your going to have travel along the drive shaft so that give saves valuable parts.
     
  5. May 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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    chris4x4

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    A Lift doesnt affect the front drive shaft angle from the transfer case to the front diff. Anyway, I imagine its there to relieve any loads placed from the twisting of the engine/trany/trans
     
  6. May 4, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    Uhh...it's a IFS. Lifting the truck doesn't change the location of the front differential with respect to the transfer case unless you do a drop bracket lift (4-6" lifts).

    You're run of the mill coilovers/spacers/billy's don't change the location of the front differential (which is also why the CV angles change so much).
     
  7. May 4, 2011 at 11:41 AM
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    Damnit Chris! I never win.

    :pout:
     
  8. May 4, 2011 at 11:43 AM
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    :eek:
     
  9. May 4, 2011 at 11:46 AM
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    Well mine had a better explaination so :p
     
  10. May 4, 2011 at 11:55 AM
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    I would guess that it makes it easier to remove the DS, and allows for expansion, contraction and frame flex.
     
  11. May 4, 2011 at 1:34 PM
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    Hmmm I wonder if going over a bumpy patch of road has any impact on the front ds' slip joint..

    After going over some bump, I sometimes get vibration in the area of the front ds (felt through floor board).. I wonder if the bumpiness is manipulating the slip joint and causing vibration since the front ds is spinning freely in 2wd.
     
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