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Downey cable locker

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by trailcarnage, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. trailcarnage

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    Does anybody have an experience with the Downay cable locker conversion for their 80? Any input wouold be great.
     
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    I have the Downey on the rear of my 80.
    Do a search and you should find lots of pic's and info.
    If you can't find it in search or need more help let me know.
     
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    [quote author=landtoy80 link=board=2;threadid=11599;start=msg105768#msg105768 date=1076963606]
    I have the Downey on the rear of my 80.
    Do a search and you should find lots of pic's and info.
    If you can't find it in search or need more help let me know.
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    I did a couple of searches that didn't turn up much. :-\ What I am wondering is, does it perform better or at least as well as the factory actuator? Are there are mods that have to be made to the shafts themselves? I have heard that the splines on the front shafts aren't long enough for it to stroke completely. That doesn't make any sense to me. Finally, does anyubody have any pics of the mechanism itself. I am interested to see how it works. Is it a push-pull system?
     
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    how much is the D-cable set up ?

    and does it work in 4Hi?

    not just 4Lo?
     
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    I read the thread and have a question. What did you do with the front locker? if the rear wiring is not hooked up, how does the front locker know the rear is locked? doesn't the rear need to be locked before the front will lock? Or does the rear locker wiring still get a signal from a sensor in the diff?
     
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    The front can lock without the rear locking.
    In "H" I can lock and unlock the rear diff with the cable locker with the CDL unlocked.
    With the CDL locked in "H" I can lock the front or rear or both.

    The sensor for the rear is still hooked up so I can tell when it is locked.
    Where did that Green EGGS and HAM locker post go?
     
  8. trailcarnage

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    Landtoy,

    Here is the scoop that I got. Of course, the 80 rear locker uses a unique actuator. This you can get from Downey. The high-pinion front locker uses a common actuator to the V6 rear locker, Tacoma/4Runner. You can also get this from Downey. They about $130-140/ea. Based on what I have read and my needs, I think I am going to sell my actuators and install the Downeys.

    If you know anybady who needs them, please send them my way.


    ~Tom
     
  9. cruiserdan

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    I'm curious,

    Why would you want to remove functioning actuators?
     
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    [quote author=cruiserdan link=board=2;threadid=11599;start=msg106239#msg106239 date=1077042188]
    I'm curious,

    Why would you want to remove functioning actuators?
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    As I am building a comp. buggy, I need to keep it as fail-safe as possibly. There won't be much body here so I need to keep the electrical well concealed or eliminate it. I would just as soon eliminate the electrical for the lockers for this reason. Heck, I would actually prefer to go with Detriots FR/RR if I could find a buyer for my e-locker members.
     
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    cruiserdan SupportingVendor Emeritus Moderator

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    OK,

    That explains it. They will not be in an "80" ;)

    It shouldn't be too hard to do a trade with someone. Are the axle housings intact?
     
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    [quote author=cruiserdan link=board=2;threadid=11599;start=msg106278#msg106278 date=1077048049]
    OK,

    That explains it. They will not be in an "80" ;)

    It shouldn't be too hard to do a trade with someone. Are the axle housings intact?
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    The rear housing has been heavily modified and the front is being custom-built by FROR
     
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    Do you know if Downey has a locker for the front?
    I looked at mine and I don't think the rear one would work in the front.
     
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    [quote author=landtoy80 link=board=2;threadid=11599;start=msg106361#msg106361 date=1077060335]
    Do you know if Downey has a locker for the front?
    I looked at mine and I don't think the rear one would work in the front.
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    The rear will not work up front. I think they do have one but don't know it yet. They have one for the Tacoma rear locker. I have been told that this is a common actuator to the FJ80 front. I not confirmed this myself...yet.
     
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    If you can put together the 2 axles, switch, harnesses and controller as a package I doubt it would last a day in the for sale section.
     
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    [quote author=landtank link=board=2;threadid=11599;start=msg106404#msg106404 date=1077062795]
    If you can put together the 2 axles, switch, harnesses and controller as a package I doubt it would last a day in the for sale section.
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    I think you are right. All that I have that I can part with is the 3rds w/actuators and harnesses. Like I said, I just want to keep it simple. Do you think there is a market for the actuators and harnesses only? Maybe enough to pay for the cable actuators? :D
     
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    Does your rear actuator work now?
     
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    I might/maybe/could be persuaded to swap my Downey for the actuator.
    If you are going to hack up the body, you could sweeten me up with some of the junk that you hack off the body :-*
     
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    [quote author=landtoy80 link=board=2;threadid=11599;start=msg106473#msg106473 date=1077067779]
    I might/maybe/could be persuaded to swap my Downey for the actuator.
    If you are going to hack up the body, you could sweeten me up with some of the junk that you hack off the body :-*
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    Sorry, but I only have the axles. I don't own an 80. If I did, I don't think I would have the heart to cut it up. If you are interested in swapping, I will connect the actuator to my neighbor's LX450 to verify it's function. I have never used it myself. I just purchased the axle from a local rebuilder.