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How to determine rear differential type on 96 4X4 Taco? #980380 01/10/10 01:06 AM
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rrolsbe Offline OP
Getting the Wheeling Fever
I purchased a used 96 4X4 Taco several years ago. It definitely doesn't have a TRD locker but how do I tell if it even has limited slip? What the gear ratio is? From what I have read converting to a TRD locker would require a wholesale replacement of the entire rear end (housing axles etc.) If I do not have a LSD, what is involved to convert it to limited slip? Assuming it is even possible. Pointers to web sites with good information regarding Taco rear differential information also be greatly appreciated! Are there any after market lockers or LSD kits that can be installed without major cost and/or modifications?

Thanks Very Much In Advance
Regards, Ron

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Re: How to determine rear differential type on 96 4X4 Taco? [Re: rrolsbe] #980381 01/13/10 08:19 PM
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Mark in AZ Offline
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I would look at swapping in a complete e-locked rear axle. Inchworm sells the wiring you would need for it to engage.

Here's one way to find your axle ratio:

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Re: How to determine rear differential type on 96 4X4 Taco? [Re: rrolsbe] #980382 01/20/10 05:08 PM
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Here is some axle info:

I don't think your truck was offered with a limited slip. Adding one is as simple as taking it to a shop and having it done. The factory or Kazuma style LSD for a Tundra and the Truetrac are probably the most common ones used.

I've got a Truetrac in my T100 (same rear diff). It works better than stock, but its definitely not the same as a locker.

I also have an ARB air locker in that same type of diff in the Tacoma axle in my 4runner. That's the ultimate setup. I love it. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

'97 4Runner, '06 F350, '86 4Runner, '05 WR450

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