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Putting in Toys??? Read this!
A while back, someone asked about the work involved with the perches when installing Toy diffs in SPOA. Like was said, rear perches are too wide, no discussion, and need to be cut off and moved inwards. That's a given. But the fronts are a bit different. My diffs were out of an 85 4Runner and the front perches were off by about 1/2" on each side (they were too far out). What I initially did was weld some plate on top of the perches up front, and redrill the holes to the proper locations but didn't like the look and cut 'em off. So, I figured something else out that will work much better [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] I made my own YJ kit and what I've done is use thick plate to gap the spring hangers and missing links out to compensate for the wider perches! Make sense? Hope so. Basically, I'm using the stock Toy perch locations and just shifted the springs out a bit to compensate. And yes, it's secure and solid. Now, I know some guys have done this axle install with NO mods to the front perches or spring locations (basically a straight swap) , but I couldn't with mine. No matter what. The springs wouldn't line up. Anyway, just thought I'd pass this on to anyone interested!
Also, I was wondering about the front U-bolts. The drivers side is OK, I have them, but the pass side has a lower perch welded in from the factory. Could I just use a lower plate, along with the upper one, and run 4 bolts instead of U-bolts? Can't see why not. Can you?