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Wierd Differential?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Will Prerunner, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Apr 8, 2010 at 10:15 PM
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    Will Prerunner

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    I was sitting behind a guy in a lifted tacoma today at a light and his rear differential had a large red covering that I thought was just a skid but it almost covered the entire thing. Well he goes to accelerate and the entire thing, including the differential rotated about 10-20 degrees, it looked like the entire axle rotated. I thought what the hell? and followed him a little ways thinking I was seeing things, or maybe it was the transfer case or something, but it wasn't. Anybody have an idea why the axle and differential would be moving like that? The shocks didn't look like they were mounted on normally. Is it some sort of suspension thing, or did he forget to tighten a bunch of bolts?
     
  2. Apr 8, 2010 at 10:21 PM
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    ktmrider

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    its called axel hop, it happens when the axel gets traction and has enough torque to "hop" or rotate. Did he have large blocks lifting the rear of his truck?
     
  3. Apr 8, 2010 at 10:22 PM
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    With the 6" lift... perhaps he has a worn rubber mount for the diff. It's not a good thing to move that much, but some play is to be expected. As for the red, could be a a bud built armor plate maybe, or just painted red by the owner to look cool... who knows.
     
  4. Apr 8, 2010 at 10:25 PM
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    Alright thats probably it, didn't think of that because the thing turned so much. Usually though when I've seen it the axle barely turns, this thing really turned alot. Not sure If he had blocks or not, but It was lifted and the stock shock mounts were cut off and they were mounted differently.
     
  5. Apr 9, 2010 at 1:05 AM
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    ^the shock placement could have made the axle hop worse, esp if it wasn't in the stock location and the builder didn't know wtf he was doing.
     
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