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The Great White "Carcharodon"... 2013 Tacoma Solid Axle Swap part 2

August 26, 2017

Last week in part 1 we got started with this project by showing you what we cut off and what axle's we'll be using in this build.  Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 in the front and Dynatrac Pro Rock 80 in the rear.  Both axle's have 5.38 gearing and ARB air lockers in them and are nearly bullet proof.  I love the way Dynatrac builds these axle's and the thought and planning that has gone into them to make them, in my opinion, the best choice for an after market axle. 

 

 

 

This week we are going to get the front axle placed under the truck, and get the lower and top link locations set.  So follow along as we get busy with this build.

 

Since we are using the RST Three link setup on this build we'll need to get the lower link mounts, the upper link mount, and the panhard bar link mount all mounted on the axle.  We have done a number of these builds already and have the measurements set as to where they all go on this axle so we'll just pass that section.

 Once those were on the axle we then turned our attention to the frame mounts.  In some kits out there the lower and top link mounts are place on the cross member.  We don't like to do it that way because if you need to change the transmission or t case you'll need to not only hold those items up but you'll need to support the front of the truck as well just to remove them. 

So we make mounts that attach these lower and top links to the frame instead allowing you to be able to work on the drive train without having to support the rest of the vehicle.

 In the picture above you can see that we put the top link on the passenger side instead of the drivers side in this build.  It's explained later as to why we do this. 

 

 In the pic