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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-05-2002, 08:03 PM
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Yota axle swap update (front axle)

Saturday>
Set up welded diff. carrier in third memeber.
Mounted third member on axle housing
Resufaced axle "bells" (steering knuckles)
Replaced inner axle seals
Greased up & installed axle shafts
Dissasembled hubs, rotors, spindles, etc.
Mounted spindals
Monday after work>
Bought more grease, more seals, U-bolts,etc.
Cleaned, greased & Reassembled everything from the knuckles outward to the hubs.
It's getting there! Glad I didn't try to swap the axles in before EMWF I wouldn't have done such a complete job (like many on this forum already told me back then)
There were a few things about the axles that I DIDN'T like as much as Zook axles but they do seem a lot more beefy.
Also found out tonight that when I moved my spring saddles closer together I made it very difficult or IMPOSSABLE to get a U-bolt on the passenger side spring mount on the side that the diff. is on One more problem to solve .
Wish I had a digital camera.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-06-2002, 12:29 AM
 
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Re: Yota axle swap update (front axle)

What year truck did the axles come from? I am going shopping soon, so do you have any suggestions.

Good luck with the rest of the project.

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Re: Yota axle swap update (front axle)

And just how wide are the yota axles compared to the Sammy axles? I bet this has been answered a zillion times..
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 08-06-2002, 10:35 AM
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Re: Yota axle swap update (front axle)

They are are about 3" wider overall. you can get them out of 79-85 pickups and 4runners. The housings have better gusseting the newer you get, but I doubt you could bend even the early non-gusset version under a sami. The gear ratios varied too, but you will probably regear anyway.
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hmm.. only 3" that could work out pretty nice then..
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Re: Yota axle swap update (front axle)

The axles were from a 80 or.....81 PU. DON'T GET THESE! They are 3.90:1 R&P instead of the common 4.10:1 R&P in MOST Yota axles out there.
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Re: Yota axle swap update (front axle)

About 3 inches
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Re: Yota axle swap update (front axle)

How bad is the rear shaft with the centered rear diff on the yota axle?? I am seriously considering the yota swap, already got axles avail just deciding if I reall wanna do it.
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Re: Yota axle swap update (front axle)

I just got done doing a toy axle sway for a buddy, the driveshaft will take the angle but it is tough to eliminate all of the driveline vibration, we are still working on it. If you do the swap, There is a really easy way to adapt the sami driveshafts to the toy axle. Just get the driveshaft flanges off an 88.5 or latter, the bolt size and pattern is the same as the toy and the lenth works out perfect. The only problem is center bore is a different size, so it does not center it's self perfectly. In closing, I don't think I would do this swap on a daily driver, but it works really well on a trailer queen. I attached a pic. It is of the spring mount, but you can see the axle
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Re: Yota axle swap update (front axle)

I first ran a stock rear samurai dshaft. It fit perfectly. It had vibes but they went away above 25mph. It was fine for trail running but occationally I like to drive mine around town and eventually the vibes got annoying, so I had a front CV shaft from ann IFS Toyota shortened and now I run that and I love it. Virtually all the vibes are gone.
I was kinda leary of it too just because of the rear. Now I think it is one of the best thinks I have done to my rig. I would say it would be allright to do it on a daily driver. Just plan on doing a CV shaft in the rear. If your lucky you might be able to find a good shaft from an 83 toyota the length is perfect if you have moved your rear axle back and inch or two. They measure about 20 1/4" which is an 1 inch longer than a stock sami rear shaft.
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