Because of all the horror stories and I believe there to be wear on the front axles - I want to ensure that this job is done correctly and doesn't have to be revisited. My truck has 70K miles and I hope that it's going to have a long and happy life. I plan on having this done at the dealer here in Canada and they don't see many 80s up here. This dealer does service a few of them I know that they have done the job a few times. I also know the parts guys there and they are cruiser fans and will watch out for me to some extent (also less 15% on parts). When presenting this to the dealer mechanic I plan on being very "nice" as to not piss them off. I'll just explain that I'm a paranoid owner and I want to ensure that this is done correctly. I've even included the preamble to allow you guys to check my manners. : Comments please as I'm sure I've missed alot. I basically compiled this from info gathered from this site. ---------- Dear Mr Toyota Technican -------------- Full Front Axle Repack – Here’s my list of I want to be inspected/replaced in addition to what a good Toyota tech would do on this job regardless. Please take no offence to this list. I have created this list after hearing of a number of problems from other owners across the US and Canada. Because the FZJ-80 is a full time system, higher levels of wear are expected than on other part time systems. This vehicle is expected to be used off-road and we don’t want any surprises in the field. Thanks the owner - Riley When draining front diff/axle oil please note the colour and look for knuckle grease contamination. Of course be careful of the ABS sensor during disassembly. In addition to the birfield repack job, I want to ensure that the inner axle and hub seals will do their job once when completed. To this end, I want to ensure that the seal surfaces on the inner axle and on the spindle have no or little wear. Please do not assemble until discussing with owner. Perhaps surfaces will need to be remanufactured or replaced in order to provide a good surface for the seals. Question to mudders (Christo et al.) – how much wear is acceptable? Any at all? How to measure/spec? Replace (regardless of wear) the upper knuckle (kingpin) and lower knuckle (trunion) bearings. Save old bearings. Inspect inner and outer wheel bearings for wear. Inspect the brass bushing inside the spindle for wear. Inspect birfields for wear. Comment on wear of birfield as well as the condition of the old grease. Ensure the brass bushing inside the spindle is well greased before reassembly. Before reassembly discuss with owner. Owner would like to inspect the parts in order to learn first hand the condition of the front axle system.