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Subject says it all. I am looking for photos and info on anyone who has swapped an FJ80 axle under thier mini or 4Runner.

I know Drew Persson is working on a swap and I saw a guy running one at GSMTR this year with GA plates. Anyone know this guy? Thanks
 

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I too am in the process of doing the swap. After breaking my fourth birfield this past week, I needed something stronger. I found the axle for $250 in Houston. Should have it done by Christmas
 

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The birfs are huge compared to the mini's birfs but they're still breakable and unlike a mini you aren't going to find used ones for $60. Most people also carry spares for those dreaded times you hear the pop. Just wanted to through that out there.
 

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Like you said. Drew is doing it. Do a search, he has posted some pics in the past.
 

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that's waht keepin me away the initail price then not finding parts afterward
I would love to stay all toyota to go wider but for 1200 plus gears I could almost get 60's frontand rear cut and geared and locked,.........I gotta be real
 

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I have a single pic of my swap that I can e-mail to you, or anyone else. I should have a few more on the flash card tomorow. It's almost done. BTW, 86.5 and up Supra outer CVs use all the same inner parts... only the cup is different.

Brian
 

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"I would love to stay all toyota "

I would just put what you want under there and not worry about that dude. After all, what about the Rancho shocks everyone uses, or the Wagoneer springs, or Detroit lockers. They are not Toyota parts?? Personally I think Dana spicer is a good company, so go for it!!

I had no trouble justifying the Dana axle under my Toyota. Now the Chevy 4.3 I am having trouble convincing myself, even though I got it for free....
 

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I have Brian's pic online:

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Originally posted by Clifton:
<STRONG>The birfs are huge compared to the mini's birfs but they're still breakable and unlike a mini you aren't going to find used ones for $60. Most people also carry spares for those dreaded times you hear the pop. Just wanted to through that out there.</STRONG>
Heck, you can get aftermarket '80 birfs from Specter for only $375 each, or Toyota ones for $475. What a deal! <IMG SRC="smilies/crybaby2.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by Wolfhalen:
<STRONG>"I would love to stay all toyota "

I would just put what you want under there and not worry about that dude. After all, what about the Rancho shocks everyone uses, or the Wagoneer springs, or Detroit lockers. They are not Toyota parts?? Personally I think Dana spicer is a good company, so go for it!!

I had no trouble justifying the Dana axle under my Toyota. Now the Chevy 4.3 I am having trouble convincing myself, even though I got it for free....</STRONG>

It's not that I'm worried about relability I would just like to say my axles are still toy (to each his own)
 

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Originally posted by ToyFamily:
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It's not that I'm worried about relability I would just like to say my axles are still toy (to each his own)</STRONG>
If you're not worried about reliablity or I should say breakage, you must not wheel to hard. There's nothing wrong with that, but I don't care for changing parts on the trail, I would rather wheel it hard and not worry about what it will cost WHEN it pops one. I do think they are great though. There's one under my wifes truck, but itcame there from the factory.

Drew, it sounds like you've been busy scrounging. Thats as cheap as the mini's.
 

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They do break, FJ-80 guys break them on a semi-regular basis and there's a guy in Fresno with an '80 axle under a minitruck that I've heard has lost at least two (though he doesn't have any steering stops).
 

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I don't think we'll have problems if we keep our stops in place. Anyone have the GW of an FJ80? I'm willing to bet it is a good 30% heavier than a mini - it also runs power through the front CV joints all the time, so they see more wear.

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Originally posted by Bjowett:
<STRONG>I don't think we'll have problems if we keep our stops in place. Anyone have the GW of an FJ80? I'm willing to bet it is a good 30% heavier than a mini - it also runs power through the front CV joints all the time, so they see more wear.

Brian</STRONG>
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Curb weight is 5200 lbs. weight doesn't break things it's the torque. Although with less weight you woulodn't need as much power to get through something. If spares can be found for what Drew is getting them for or atleast less than $100 that's great, just $400 each could get expensive real quick if someone is hard on there junk. Also I've broke 2 mini birf's and the wheels were pretty much straight. They just get stressed from hard use and then they let go. If you are offering pics, you can send some my way. Also what did you do for the drag link. Did you have to flip the pitman arm around like on the 80's.
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Uh ...actually weight does help break things. More weight generally creates more traction for the torque to break it. Also, weight creates more resistance to vehicle movement and then something has to give, it's either the clutch, gears, axles, traction, or the engine dies. Sometimes more than one of the above!
 

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Uh, I think that's what I was saying "Although with less weight you wouldn't need as much power to get through something."
 
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