straight axle swap

Discussion in '79-95 Toyota Truck Tech' started by sTX4runr, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. sTX4runr

    sTX4runr

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    I have a '95 4runner 3vze that I recently got in a wreck in and messed up the front suspension on. Because of that i kinda figured this would be a decent opportunity to look into a straight able swap on my forerunner- does anybody know if cherokees or 60-80 series landcruiser have the same gear ratio/ steering column and driveshaft hookup location? If I'm gonna do this im gonna retrofit a axle from another vehicle because if i bought a straight axle kit from someone like Dana it would cost way too much since the whole vehicle is worth about 3k... Any thoughts or suggestions?
  2. jynx

    jynx SILVER Star

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    What do you want to end up with?

    Allprooffroad, trail gear and several others offer kits to swap a 79-85 mini axle under any 86-95 Toyota. It is almost a bolt on kit these days... Is there a reason why you don't want to go that route?

    The 60 and 80 axles will work, but the width of the 80 is a good bit wider and the 60 is about the right width but has the 9.5" center.

    Unless you are looking for a custom axle for a serious off road rig or you have one of these axle already, I would look at picking up a mini axle and either buying a kit or piecing one together to swap it under your rig.
  3. sTX4runr

    sTX4runr

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    Excuse my ignorance but what's a mini axle? Like the ones on the little Japanese mini-trucks?
  4. 85 t runner

    85 t runner

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    in the USA, mini truck front solid axles were in , 79 thru 83 4x4 trucks and 84-85 toyota truck and 4runners

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  5. jynx

    jynx SILVER Star

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    My apologies. Yes in the US market as 85 t said, what I am calling a mini axle is the solid axle that came in the 79-85 pickups and the 85 4runners.

    The kits that I mentioned use brackets and frame jigs to locate a set of leaf springs under the front axle that allow you to bolt the "mini" axle under the front.
  6. zags

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    You will find a ton of info on SASs on Pirate4x4.com

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