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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Toy swap on a budget

Just got done doing a swap for less than $300.
It was done off-site in a barn. Used stock samurai springs.

This will be done in our shop. Easy access to camera. YJ springs & power steering will be added at the same time. All for less than $500. All pics. will be posted & any info will be gladly shared.
Here's what we're starting with.
Front axle.

These are off an '85 4-runner. It was an auto & the gears in the axle are supposed to be lower than the 4.10 in most. Won't know for sure till they're busted open to be welded.

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Re: Toy swap on a budget

The rear.

Anyone know what that lever that's hooked to the proportioning valve is for?


Oh, to start the meter, the axles cost $200 & the YJs were $75. The Toyota had never been off-road & you could tell, all the u-bolts & steering broke loose with a 3/8 ratchet. The YJs came off a '95 with 60K miles on them---all street.
The steering box, pump, & resovior all came from a '92 Toy---$30

Over the next few weeks I'l post the pics. of the install.

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I used a set of center sections from a '85 auto 4runner and they are 4.37. I'll be watching your posts cuz I'm into my toy swap for $1400 and I still need hy-steer($480) and rear spool installed and axle rebuild kit($300) It cost me a little more but everything will be new. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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$1400-----ouch!!

I've read lots of posts about how getting into the Toy axle swap always ends in a wad of $$$$. That's why I've never bothered--- poor, broke summabitch here. That is UNTIL I helped E do his swap a few weeks ago. The only cost was the axles themselves, misc. fluids, and a T-adapter for the brake lines. No hy-steer just yet. It'll come a little later. Most important thing is to get it mobile so we can ride. The only lockers we use are made by Lincoln & these axles are in almost perfect condition = no rebuild.

Just figured I'd start a post so if/when someone else is searching one day, they'll find out that it can be done for less than the samurai cost in the first place. I plan on getting detailed pics. as we go along and posting as much info as I possibly can. Lord knows when I've needed help there were always a few I could turn to here.

Gotta get in the garage to start cleaning the [img]images/graemlins/bs.gif[/img] mounts off & open them 3rds up to see if we've been blessed with those 4.37s. [img]images/graemlins/deal.gif[/img]

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Anyone know what that lever that's hooked to the proportioning valve is for?

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didn't find it in the pic. had a datsun pick up truck that used a mechanical link to a valve as a load sensor. if the bed was empty the valve/link reduced the amount of rear brake to prevent lockup and conversely when the bed was loaded the valve would allow more braking.
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I've read lots of posts about how getting into the Toy axle swap always ends in a wad of $$$$. That's why I've never bothered--- poor, broke summabitch here. That is UNTIL I helped E do his swap a few weeks ago. The only cost was the axles themselves, misc. fluids, and a T-adapter for the brake lines. No hy-steer just yet. It'll come a little later. Most important thing is to get it mobile so we can ride. The only lockers we use are made by <nobr>Lincoln</nobr> &amp; these axles are in almost perfect condition = no rebuild.

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Yeah I thought it would be alot cheaper when I scored the front axle and 2 center sections for $400 and got a rear axle minus the center section for a six pack [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
But after knuckle rebuild kit, bearings, EZ locker, spool, rotors, calipers, U-bolt flip kit, rear anti-wrap spring perches and 5 new 6 lug wheels it added up quickly. Which is also why my zuks been down for almost 2 years....cuz' I'm a broke SOB too! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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I have never heard of those years having 4.37 gears. I know the automatics had 4.30's and the manuals had 4.10's. When you start getting into 90+ 4runners they also had 4.56 and 4.88's.
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yea but it will all be worth it! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Toy swap on a budget

Just figured I'd do a little update. Haven't been working too hard on it, had to pack &amp; head to the Bonnaroo Festival last week. Just now recovering from that.



We got the front torn down &amp; welded up. Replaced both front axle seals ($9). Got all the mounts we don't need off &amp; flipped the drag link around.


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Doing the same to the rear. Welding, cleaning, &amp; painting.


Them there's 4.30 gears in the 3rds. Added bonus.



We're gonna pick the springs up this weekend &amp; start mocking up the mounts. More pics. later on.

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