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The Great White "Carcharodon"... 2013 Tacoma Solid Axle Swap part 1

August 24, 2017

Abu, brought this white 2013 Tacoma to us to do just a Marlin Crawler Ultimate Taco Box with 4.7 gears and an RST Twin Stick FJ T Case swap. Yeah, that went by the wayside really fast as he decided to do a complete RST Beast Edition swap to his Tacoma.  We started this Tacoma build in my driveway before we got the shop like so many other builds before it.   Because they were all built in the driveway and they were the dreams of so many we called them all "Driveway Dreams". 

So this build is a mile stone of sorts, being the last of the driveway built RST rigs. 

There have been some awesome rigs built in this driveway.  One a magazine cover truck, then one of the most photographed, most capable, and well known first gens Tacoma's around, and countless other trucks from mild to wild. 

So follow along as the last of the Driveway Dreams is built.  This one is going to be Epic!!!

 We started out by disassembling all the suspension components first.  Off came the wheels and tires, I don't say rims anymore because someone got his pink panties in a bunch over the word rims.  Oh brother.....  Anyway..... 

Next came the coil overs, springs and shocks along with the other suspension components and the steering rack.

 

 Then it was time to bring out the torch and start cutting stuff off.  This is when we send the owner home.  There is nothing like the look of both shear terror and joy all at the same time when you take a torch to someones truck.  Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 

 

 

 With both the front and rear suspension parts gone and the supporting brackets cut off it was time to grind.  Hate that part. 

 

We ordered the axles and at first we had a Currie Rock Jock 60 for the rear and a Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 for the front but then the owner asked if a Pro Rock 80 full float axle wouldn't be better for the rear since he'd be carrying a bunch of weight.  So I called up my good friend Steve over at Dynatrac to see what it would take to get one and found out we would not only need to get the rear axle but now we needed to change the front as well because the bolt pattern was eight lug for the 80 instead of the 6 lug pattern we had now.  That also meant changing the wheels as well.  So we ordered an entirely new set of axle's both from Dynatrac.

 Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 eight lug axle above with our brackets mounted already and painted

 Dynatrac Pro Rock 80 full float axle above and below.  This axle is just massive and heavy as hell. It has huge 4" axle tubes and a monstrous ring gear at 11.25" with 40 spline axle shafts.  It's very impressive to look at and will look awesome under Abu's Tacoma.  

 That's it for this week.  Stay tuned for next week as we set the front axle and get the front suspension and steering set up. 

 

If you have any questions or would like information about RST performing this swap on your vehicle, please at info@rocksolidtoys.com us at or give us a call Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm PST at 714-460-3491

 

PART TWO

 

 

 

 

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