Re: toy axles? intrested in swapping , pros cons
2 Signifigant Negatives:
#1 Rear chunk is centered. I've seen a modified stock Samurai drive shaft hold up to Substantial Abuse & work. I went with a front Toyota CV shaft. Driveline angle is pretty severe-- I wouldn't want to do 80 with it [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
#2 In stock form the Toyota axle assemblies are noteably wider than the Samuria ones-- by Several inches. You Cannot use negative-offset wheels to move your tires back in-- the brake calipers & steering up front will not allow it.
Another thing to consider is that the Toy axles are easily twice the weight of the Suzuki stuff= more power to turn 'em, but no prob w/ a V6.
These issues were not a factor for me since my rig is primarily off-road anyway.
I've bashed mine pretty hard & I don't know if a Samurai can hurt them. However, if you go with a 4.3L V6, I'd think you will find the t-case the next weak link if you're hard on your truck.