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Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« on: Jul 07, 2017, 02:29:49 PM »
I scored an e locker for a C note from a friend and yesterday the G2 4:88 ring & pinion were dropped off but, I gotta wait until next week for the install kit, no problem.
What is a problem is the fact that this e locker came to me with no motor switch to engage or disengage the locker and I don't want to buy a used one because I have heard chances are it will fail when I need it. A manual shifter is what I'm after and Chilkat has a unit that costs more than I can afford now so what do I do?
Buy the used eBay unit for half the cost of a Chilkat or do I just hold off, wait like a good boy which I'm not good at doing or just put another charge on the Master Card?
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #2 on: Jul 09, 2017, 09:33:02 PM »
I'll be buying the Chilkat manual shifter and it'll go in when all my other front axle parts are finally acquired.
I'll be buying axles, birfields, inner & outer hub gears and any other associated parts as soon as I get my next paycheck then as soon as my e locker is re geared we can get this party started.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #3 on: Aug 08, 2017, 06:01:48 PM »
I picked up a little something from Fresno today, we are that much closer to running trails with the big boys.
https://flic.kr/p/Xkb5Pr
I don't know how to make a Flickr image display proper so a link is all I have to offer a view of the new goodies.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #4 on: Aug 10, 2017, 01:59:41 PM »
I pulled the trigger on the Chilkat shifter kit, have axle & birfields in hand, have e locker and 4:88 ring & pinion but, I don't have my master install kit yet and the axle housing needs to be modified which will happen as soon as I get it apart next week.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #5 on: Aug 18, 2017, 08:59:34 PM »

I found an image host, finally.
The front axle came out of the truck by noon, it took me and my buddy 90 minutes to get it in the trunk of my wife's car and delivered to 4 Wheel Specialties so they could modify the axle housing to fit the e locker they are regearing for me while they have it all for a super low price I can't divulge because it is so inexpensive.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #6 on: Aug 19, 2017, 10:42:57 AM »

Cool stuff from last year's birthday goes in now that the front end is apart for the e locker and axles install.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #7 on: Aug 20, 2017, 02:15:04 PM »
Finally adding the steering stabilizer I bought last year while the axle is out of the way and owning my own mig welder made it possible even if I ain't the best welder in town, the tool itself makes it easy.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #8 on: Aug 26, 2017, 09:44:10 AM »
With the axles & birfields came a set of hub lock gears which I put into freshly cleaned hub locks and had to paint them just because.

Of course I had to be in a hurry and put masking tape over the red knob before the paint was dry so I have to do it again.

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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #9 on: Sep 08, 2017, 11:04:19 AM »
Dealing with has-beens is a drag, they don't have the juice anymore yet continue to try and cross people up along the way just like happened to me during this set of mods for my Yota.
Anyway, the gears are installed.

The axle housing will be ready by the end of the day and the new steering stops and front shock mounts are on
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #10 on: Sep 09, 2017, 09:52:40 AM »

I'm alone with a bad back so until someone comes over to help me, this is how it has to stay.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #11 on: Sep 09, 2017, 02:33:42 PM »
They forgot to install the stud kit I gave them so I had to take the whole thing back to get it fixed up proper.
Now I need to weld on the last piece so I'm gonna grind the fresh new paint they coated it with and get busy.

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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #12 on: Sep 09, 2017, 03:42:27 PM »
I cant tell for sure, but it looks like shock mount / knuckle ball gusset is not welded to the ball part, looks like only welded on the tube, I could be wrong. can we get a close up pic
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #13 on: Sep 10, 2017, 06:37:21 AM »
I cant tell for sure, but it looks like shock mount / knuckle ball gusset is not welded to the ball part, looks like only welded on the tube, I could be wrong. can we get a close up pic
If there is a bit of welding still needing to be done, I can handle that no problem and you're eyes are way better than mine.
This is my first excursion into building up a front axle housing and hopefully not my last only next time, I'm doing the whole job and NOT handing it off to a Pro.
Someone is going to teach me how to build a diff or I'm going to go all antisocial and start blowing sh-t up.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #14 on: Sep 10, 2017, 08:13:06 PM »

I made progress today and welded the brace on myself and I know my welds aren't pretty but, they penetrate and paint makes it all look good anyway. 😉
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #15 on: Sep 12, 2017, 02:19:06 PM »
My welding skills or lack there of don't stop me from getting it done and this weld penetrates.

I could have been a bit more precise with my initial cut of the scrap steel I used to make the bump stop mount and if it really bothers you that much, you can come and make it right yourself free of charge.

For what it's worth, this is my first real delve into this fabrication stuff and my skills aren't skills, they don't exist but, damn if I ain't having fun doing it. 😋
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #16 on: Sep 13, 2017, 06:23:07 PM »
Pretty much done only needing to torque the left side flipped u bolts, apply the wheel spacers and wheel, fill the diff and drill the flange because they didn't give me the pre drilled flange that I paid for, oh well.


I'm exhausted and sore as hell but, first thing tomorrow morning I will finish off the rest of it and take her up to Rowhers Flats for a test crawl on the practice pile of rocks they have.
This weekend I am going to Gorman for an overnight event with the Frazier Park club, probably going to run Miller Jeep Trail and see how she feels now with a E Locker up front.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #17 on: Sep 14, 2017, 02:00:34 PM »

She looks good so far but, with no front driveshaft, she's still useless.
The guys that built my diff for me installed the wrong flange, am I angry?
You could say that, yes but, they are gonna have a new flange for me tomorrow morning and I am supposed to be able to install on the pinion no problem with the 3rd member on the axle.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #18 on: Sep 15, 2017, 12:16:19 PM »
The next image I post will be from a trail, this last one has me pissed off because she is so close but, yet so far.

They put the wrong flange on the pinion shaft so I'm going over there now to have them install the correct one.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #19 on: Sep 15, 2017, 01:57:35 PM »
Done and ready to wheel.
Who needs to walk when you can crawl?

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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #20 on: Sep 15, 2017, 02:43:32 PM »
Driver side u bolts looks super loose. Look at that last pic.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #21 on: Sep 15, 2017, 04:11:20 PM »
Driver side u bolts looks super loose. Look at that last pic.
I used the 1/2" drive breaker bar to torque those u bolts down, they are as tight as they can get without destroying something, it does look loose but, it ain't. Good looking though, 😉
Tomorrow I put her to the test.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #22 on: Sep 20, 2017, 08:38:03 AM »
The positive locking front diff is a different driving experience compared to the LSD I had in there, steering gets difficult at times but, she doesn't lag going over obstacles.
Now that I have the front axle sorted I have to turn towards suspension mods needing longer springs all the way around and finally get around to mounting the rear shock hanger.

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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #23 on: Oct 19, 2017, 10:31:28 AM »
I paid for a Chilkat manual E locker shifter on August 10th, the day before my birthday.
Today is October 19th and the shifter kit just arrived, Alex told me back in September that his order from his manufacturers had screwed up his order and left it on the back burner.
It is a very expensive part for me to buy, I'm on a fixed income so I got angry.
Anger doesn't solve anything but, I have my shifter kit.


Where do I mount it is the question putting pressure on my brain?
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #24 on: Oct 31, 2017, 02:21:40 PM »
I had to replace a 3rd member stud in the axle housing with one a bit longer so the cable stay would have a place to mount, the original stud was 25mm (an inch) too short and I just happened to have exhaust studs from a Honda motorcycle head on my tool box that just happened to be the correct length.

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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #25 on: Oct 31, 2017, 02:22:59 PM »
I need to make a permanent mount for the shifter bracket, it is just hanging out for now but, I have no clue what I'm gonna do yet.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #26 on: Oct 31, 2017, 07:38:54 PM »
You should send me that junk elocker motor.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #27 on: Nov 01, 2017, 07:53:39 AM »
There is nothing junk about that fully functional E locker switch motor, it works just fine and if you want it, send me $225.00 and I'll send you the switch motor.
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Re: Taco E Locker for my 85 front axle
« Reply #28 on: Jan 27, 2018, 03:35:27 PM »
Being I was down with this foot thing for a couple of months I wasn't able to finish the install of the 5th shifter but, I put a rudimentary mount in there today to give me the idea of how to do this using scrap steel that came out of my next door neighbor's yard, old rusty angle iron and with that I've been able to come up with ideas for the finished product.

The passenger seat  doesn't live here anymore since the wife hates my truck and thinks the hobby is a total waste of money and more stupid than her little brother but, she doesn't have a real problem with it which is a bonus in a way.
Anyway, the seat is gone and a compressor sits where the seat used to be and now the bracket mount for the 5th shifter uses a bolt hole from the seat and a pre existing hole in the seat mount of the cab to hold the bracket that the shifter mechanism is bolted to.
The thing works great and I cant wait to go wheeling and try it out in anger. 😉

One problem I have is I dont have a band saw, just an angle grinder and a hand powered hacksaw which I'm not too fond of using.
« Last Edit: Jan 27, 2018, 06:26:09 PM by fasterspider »
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