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Great White " Carcharodon" ... 2013 Tacoma Solid Axle Swap part 4

November 24, 2017

It's been awhile since we have updated this build.  Got really busy all of a sudden with good and bad things.  Anyway,  we have the front sitting on it's own now and just waiting on the new rear towers that will be inset into the frame to come in so we can finish this beast.  I didn't like the way the other ones we had were working given the type of build this was going to be and so I had them changed up.

 

 So lets see what we've done.

 

We needed to get the steering set and I didn't like much of anything that was out there.  Some people have just taken out the fire wall plate and left it open while others tried to make it work with what is there.  We found that the stock plate with a little modifications can work really well if you shorten the steering shaft coming out of the cabin.

In the picture below you can see what we have done before we cleaned it all up.  I like this route because it keeps the sturdy stock firewall plate and keeps the elements out of the cabin.

 

 

 Then we took the stock steering shaft and cut it up to make the shaft we needed.  Everything was sleeved and then welded so that we have not butt welds.

 Then once we had it all together with the collapsible shaft we installed it to see where we needed to put the support bearing.

I couldn't find a bearing that I wanted to use as the support so I had to make mine own.

 Found a sealed bearing that would fit.

 Then made a sleeve for it that I could weld to.

 Perfect fit.

 then found a bolt that I could use.