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Toyota axle swap questions

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Blaze, Jan 12, 2001.

  1. Blaze

    Blaze 1/2 ton status

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    Don't get pissed off because I'm asking a Toyota question, I'm just trying to help out a friend. He has a 94 4-runner that recently died on him and he took it to the shop and had them check it out. Turns out that he has a twisted driveshaft, bent rear axle, and blown rear diff. They said that the cost of repair will be more than the truck is worth. It's got a suspension lift(size??), 33" tires, aftermarket front bumper and winch and all the goodies on it. He's going to pull all the stuff off and sell the truck to the boneyard. I was wondering how hard it would be to swap in a rear axle and driveshaft for him. I have done the work on American cars before, but not foreign ones. Would a Chevy rearend work in his Toyota? I know that 350 swaps are big, but do axles swap easily too? Any help would be very appreciated. Thanks!

    Bryan

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  2. flcpl4fn

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    don't know if a chevy rearend will work, but i know alot of guys that have toyotas and they have changed alot of the front and rear ends in them. they seem to find them everywhere

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  3. Blazer1970

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    I saw an article where a company modifies Chrysler 8 3/4 rear ends for those Toyotas, but it seems like it would be relatively easy to find junkyard parts to put it back together stock.

    Tim

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  4. 6.2Blazer

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    I shouldn't be too hard to find replacement parts in a junkyard for a few hundred dollars. Swapping in a complete rear axle and driveshaft should be a pretty easy job. If you wanted to mount a Chevy axle in the Toyota, you would have to weld on new spring and shock mounts, deal with getting the brake lines and parking brake cables attached........plus the Chevy axle would be much wider than the stock axle.
     
  5. HarryH3

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    Yep, call around to a few junkyards and get prices. A bad rear end is no reason to junk an entire rig. (Even if it is a Toyota! [​IMG] ) The good news is that Toyota has offered very few gear ratio options, so it should be easy to match what's in there now.

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  6. laketex

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    the toyota bbs boys over on http://www.pirate4x4.com

    For reference, here's what a fullwidth toy looks like:

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    HTH, Bryan

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