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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 4:48 pm 
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Ok, on my 81 4x4 my mechanic is suggesting moving the rear leaf springs to the topside of the rear end vs the bottom.

He is also suggesting getting a Toyota straight axel front end for the front.

We are taking the bed off and putting a flat bed stake body on it.

Anyway, he is saying these two mods will give me more ground clearance.

Anyone ever done these?


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 3:55 pm 
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Yes, but not with a Toyota axle. Back before factory mini truck 4x4s hit the market in 1979 this was a popular mod, even available from dealers, which is where I got mine.


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 5:34 pm 
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So what did you use?


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 9:21 pm 
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It's a Dana 30, probably from a Jeep, modified to use the stock LUV 6-bolt rotors & calipers. Every 4x4 conversion kit of the day used a similar axle, LUVs, Ford Couriers & Datsuns used 6-bolt fronts to match the stock rears, Toyota used large 5-bolt fronts & a small-to-large 5-bolt adapter in the rear. The stock 2wd trannies were used along with divorced Dana 20 or Dana 300 t-cases. Everything came in kit form along with instructions, or you could order the kit pre-installed through the various dealerships. These haven't been available for over 30 years.
The easiest swap now is a '79-'85 4x4 Toyota pickup/4Runner front axle- it's the right width & lug pattern & probably 4.10 ratio to let you retain the stock engine/tranny/rear axle.

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'87 Trooper,2.3,5sp,headers,31's,ball joint flip & spacer,Aussie Locker rear,Superwinch hubs,brush guard w/5.5K winch,more to come.


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