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Old 09-19-2006, 05:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cost of Converting to a front solid axle

just wondering how much would it cost to convert my 1988 TOYOTA pickup 4WD EFI to a front solid axle....instead of keeping the stock IFS system, i live in manhattan beach, CA if that'll help for places i can take it near or around this area, just want to compare how much it'll cost if i do it or someone else does it, and the difficulty of the project.
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its lifted about 6 in. by the way
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Old 09-19-2006, 05:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i am thinking about selling my 1985 toyota 4runner...not sure yet, im in torrance by the way.

but to answer your question, cost of part alone is over $1200. not sure what labor is going for nowadays.

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buy a older toy front prolly get one for like 100 bucks get high steer and some metal and do it yourself.
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well if you plan to do it yourself, it depends on how well of a fabricator you are. You can make most of the stuff needed to convert to a SAS. Check out All-Pro, Marlin Crawler, Front Range, Sky MFG, and so on to compare prices. Most of these companies have kits that you can buy that has everything in them to do the SAS except the axle. This is probably your best option because it will save you some money. An axle will cost around $200 depending how much access you have to them. Also once you by the axle you may want to rebuild the knuckles in which a lot of the companies listed have. Just my .02
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Old 09-19-2006, 07:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have the same question, but mine is on a 99 tacoma, i would do the work my self though. I would run a full width Dana60 up front with leafs and a full width rear end also dont know what kind though. What do you guys think the cost of that would be? Thanks in Advance!


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Old 09-19-2006, 08:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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there is a big price diff between doing a SA to a 60 and one to a toy axle. it all depends on what you want and how you want it.
i know it can be done for 1200$ or as $8k and up!
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an sas on a tacoma is going to be at least double the price of an sas on a 95 or older truck if not more. i was looking into sas options for my taco but decided i could probably buy another older truck and build it for the price of just sasing the taco. and thats exactly what i did.
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just wondering how much would it cost to convert my 1988 TOYOTA pickup 4WD EFI to a front solid axle....instead of keeping the stock IFS system, i live in manhattan beach, CA if that'll help for places i can take it near or around this area, just want to compare how much it'll cost if i do it or someone else does it, and the difficulty of the project.
A front sas kit is going to runs $1,099. You will also need a front axle that will run about $300. YotaMasters (www.yotamasters.com)can install the Kit for $1,800 assuming you do the work on the axle. Most junk yard axles need about a days worth of cleaning and rebuilding before they are ready to install.

You will also want to lift the rear to match the front end. Add some diff gears and lockers and your nearing about $7000 assuming your having all the work done for you.
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i am thinking about selling my 1985 toyota 4runner...not sure yet, im in torrance by the way.

but to answer your question, cost of part alone is over $1200. not sure what labor is going for nowadays.
I will give you $200 for your used truck.

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I have a 93 toy pu and I did a sas on it and I bought all parts from all pro off road and then me and drm and a few others did the work in a weekend labor at the time was 1600 bucks thats not bad considering it was done in a weekend parts for the front end well that just depends n how lucky you are at getting a front end that will slide up under it with out having to rebuild something on it I am not saying that you cant find a dimond in the ruff but you gota look hard or else you could spend some large fines on rebuilding the whole front end (KEEP IN MIND THAT WHEN YOU DO A SAS THE REAR END WILL BE 3 INCHES WIDER THAN THE FRONT END/ YOU MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW THIS AND YOU MAY OR MAY NOT WANT TO PUT SPACERS ON THE FRONT END.)
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It can't be done. Just take the truck and drive it off a cliff then wait till Tuesday to ask!
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It can't be done. Just take the truck and drive it off a cliff then wait till Tuesday to ask!

are you saying that you cant do a sas on a 88 toyota pu?


I dont know what you cant " OR MAYBE YOUR SAYING (YOU CANT) "
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remember that anyhting this is going to be the death of a thousand cuts if you're not careful.
you may have paid $200 for that used front toyota solid axle, but seals, gears (if you're already geared-up in the IFS 3rd) bearings, hub parts, brakes, calipers, flex lines, wheel spacers, etc. It all adds up REALLY fast. you can easily dump $1k into an otherwise decent looking solid axle without breaking a sweat.
I'd budget at least $1000 for everything you need to string the axle up under the frame and steer it, assuming you do most of the work yourself, and another $1000 for getting a front axle properly sorted. then take another $1000 and plan on spending it on stuff you didn't predict, like when your IFS wheels don't fit over the solid axle hubs and the eleventy trips you make to the hardware store for bolts,nuts, paint, etc.

there's always the guy out there who did it for $300 with a used welder and three trips to the junkyard, but that's the exception and NOT the standard.
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Reminds me of Jay K's note about Toyota re-calling all 85 pickups to equip them w/ IFS due to complains about rough rides... One of my favorite 04/01 emails of all time.
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I put in a Chev d44 for about $1,400 inc. gears, setup, locker, driveline, pinion flange, high steer arms, brakelines and misc. steel.

I built the front hanger, shackles, used rears up front, Chev spring plates & ubolts, junkyard Ford draglink and tierod, and original brakes, bearings, hubs and shafts in the D44.

I assembled parts for 6 months prior. If you want to do it NOW, and money is not an issue, follow this:

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if will cost anywhere from $5 to $5000 depending how handy you are. If I had to do one if be close to $100 but that because all the parts are on a junk truck.
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are you saying that you cant do a sas on a 88 toyota pu?


I dont know what you cant " OR MAYBE YOUR SAYING (YOU CANT) "

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Also remember to do it right you should cut and rotate that front axle.. Otherwise you get death wobble and/or have to deal with @#$@# pinion angle.
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