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I am ashamed to ask this.. but i am doing the 4x4 conversion.. i have never worked on a tacoma 4x4 unit.. so i guess its not that bad. My question is ihow do i remove the cv from the front diff... see pic below

 

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hehe, no j/k im no help
 

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With a crow bar.

Pop it out. May take more a little more force than you'd think.
 

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Yep, a big pry bar is the ticket; it will pop right out with the right amout of ass on the pry bar.
 

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It's only held in there by the expansion tension of a c-type clip. There should be just enough slop in it for you to be able to get a medium pry-bar into the space and lever it out. Some gear oil may come out too, so....
 

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Try two pry bars between the CV and the diff on directly opposite sides from each other. Might need some one to lend a hand for this tho since it's outta the truck and moving around..
 

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i always use the pry bar that comes in the stock jack kit in the tacoma. just pry on the CV while rotating it till you find the right spot and it'll pop right out, no problem. this will be good practice for you too :D
 

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That is called the tulip joint.
See those grooves toward the inside? They are there to use with a pry bar and as a place to put a bar or something to tap it back in when you replace a CV axle. It is retained with a self compressing C clip on the end of the axle end up inside the diff.
 

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This is the kind of stuff I like seeing in newbie tech... actual tech questions! :kewl:

...Not "What kind of lift should I get?" or "Can I fit 33's with no lift?" or "What are the best kind of Nerf Bars?" . . . :xbarf:
 

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Along the same lines of this thread - I'm also doing my 4WD conversion...

...My 4WD spindles and Diff came off a 99 Tacoma that was wheeled a lot (KStacoma). They have normal wear on them. Cosmetically they don't look nearly as pretty as the diff pictured above. Is there anything I should do to my parts to clean them up before installing them, or does it not matter?
 

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You could seal it up well, axle tubes and actuator and power wash it but you're probably just gonna get it all dirty again. Now if it were Dave Hale, he'd wash and wax it before and again after the install. LOL
Now is the time if you don't have a locker in there. I suggest the ARB.
 

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Jamie - the only thing you need to be worried about on that diff is just the axle seals. I'd recommend you replace them before installing it. Other than that, it's not going to matter. Like Dick said, I'd probably just take it to a car wash and power wash it off.
 
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