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Front straight axle

Discussion in '2nd Gen 4Runners (1990-1995)' started by 944runner, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. Sep 27, 2015 at 5:46 PM
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    944runner

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    hay I'm wondering if there is a cheaper way to put on a straight front axle in my lifted 94 4Runner will one from let's say a old ford truck work or do I have to spend 2,000 for a sas kit
     
  2. Sep 28, 2015 at 3:27 AM
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    You need an axle with the diff on the same side as the front tcase output. Ford D44 and 60 and jeep Wagoneer D44 are driver side drop, Chevy are passenger side drop like the 84-95 4runners. You also need to consider the width of the axle. You can use a Toyota straight axle with an ifs hub conversion or wheel spacers to match your rear axle. The axle needs to withstand the tire size and wheeling style you use. The price of your swap depends who does the work, what parts you use, what deals you find etc. You don't HAVE to use a swap kit, but having all the parts in a bundle could be easier/cheaper.
     
  3. Sep 28, 2015 at 4:55 AM
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    So what other vehicle could I use
     
  4. Sep 28, 2015 at 4:58 AM
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    And also would a hen one 4runners straight axle work I use 35 for tires
     
  5. Sep 28, 2015 at 5:53 AM
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    Personally I would use a Toyota pickup or 4Runner solid axle. The 84-85 axles have the most/biggest gussets and are most desired. 79-81 axles have no gussets and 82-83 have the half gusset. You could find a complete housing for $2-300. I would add the top truss and knuckle ball gussets, high steer with your existing steering box, and then upgrade it (axles, hubs etc.) as your budget allows. Like I said an IFS hub conversion will make it 3" wider to match your factory rear axle in place of wheel spacers.

    I used a Sky SAS kit on my '87. It's just the front crossmember, shackle frame tubes, shackles, bushings and hardware. I already had TG springs, high steer, and a built axle. You can build your own spring packs from earlier pickup/4Runner rear springs.

    A budget build really revolves around what you can find.
     
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  6. Sep 28, 2015 at 8:52 AM
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    Look for a mid 70's Ford Axle. That is what is under my truck.
     
  7. Sep 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    Your 3rd gen is also wider, 3 linked, and has a driver side drop transfer case.

    You really have to consider the width (wms), and spring perch width if it is out of a leaf spring truck, and which side the diff is on. A Toyota axle is really your best bet. You don't NEED an expensive kit, but keep in mind it includes a full rebuild kit, high steer, and even vented rotors to replace the factory solid axle non-vented rotors. If you are patient and find an axle that is already built, you don't need the full kit, just the hangers, springs, and steering box mount (I highly suggest for reinforcing the frame).
     
  8. Sep 28, 2015 at 9:10 AM
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    And an IFS eliminator kit is $1200-1300, where are you getting $2000 unless your considering an axle too?
     
  9. Sep 28, 2015 at 10:56 AM
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    My bad. I thought it was a 3rd Gen Runner.
     

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