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Looking to have a front shaft made b/c my rig will now be driven on the road in winter. My cross road is:

should I pay the $350 and just have a front made

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Go duals, to reduce the front angle.

Pros: i've always wanted duals
less angle on driveline
Thing will Crawl!
Cons: Cost of duals: need 2 gear driven cases, adaptor plate for the cases and plate to mate to my stock 3.0 set up.
Will have to get front and rear shafts made correct?

I'm no hard core wheeler so what would you guys suggest.

rig is an 88 4runner SAS 5in trail gear sas kit. 3.0 with stock chain driven case
with a square tube front shaft now with a single ujoint on each end.

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Alan
 

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It all depends on how much money you want to spend and what kinds of trails you would like to do.

Quick and dirty would be having the Front drive shaft done now.

Long and expensive is going dual T-cases, and yes, you would need to have both your drive shafts redone.

If you are not a hard core wheeler I'd opt for just getting the front driveshaft done.
 

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If I was to start all over and was looking to keep the price of my rig down I would just put the 4.7 kit in my t case .

Plus you can always make a square front drive line . It's not hard and that's what a lot of us use .
 

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I would agree. If you're not wheeling the big stuff, you don't really need dual cases. Having said that, dual cases are cool and a great mod if you're going to play in the rocks.

If/when you go to dual cases, re-tubing the drive shafts is the least of you're concerns... kind of an afterthought in a way. Purchasing the cases and adapters, getting them all built/attached and installed, working the cross member mounts, and fitting the sticks up in the center console is the part you have to think about most.

I wouldn't put off getting a good drive shaft made just because I might want duals down the road.
 

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My opinion is go duals. The gear options are awesome. If your not going to see harder trails id still do something with driveline angles. A cut and roll is about the only way but you will like it much more. I love having 4wd that i can run on the highway if i have to. I rarely use 4wd but knowing i can cruise down the road in 4wd or with my hubs lock as easy as the fj or can throw my girl in it on a bad day of snow and know she can cruise whatever speed in 4wd.
 

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okay, driveshaft situation is now put on hold.
when i went to check my diff fluid level, it was empty so i filled it. Well I have a leak right under my Ubolt, the one closest to the pumpkin. Apparently its rare but the ubolt can cause stress fractures over time.
Can i just weld this up and reinforce it with a small plate before i put hte ubolt back on to fix this or is my housing toast? read post online where people say welding it will be a good repair.
Thanks,
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just put the 4.7 kit in my t case
personally i love the single 4.7 t-case.
Agreed, I love my 4.7 case... but he has a chain drive :D He won't have the option until he goes dual cases.

okay, driveshaft situation is now put on hold.
when i went to check my diff fluid level, it was empty so i filled it. Well I have a leak right under my Ubolt, the one closest to the pumpkin. Apparently its rare but the ubolt can cause stress fractures over time.
Can i just weld this up and reinforce it with a small plate before i put hte ubolt back on to fix this or is my housing toast? read post online where people say welding it will be a good repair.
Thanks,
Alan
weld it up, try and plate over it, then wheel it.. but yes, the housing is on it's way to being toast.
 

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spoke to chris geiger, who is famous in the toyota rock crawler world. well he had the same issue. He told me to grind it down, weld it up and then take 4 strips of steal and bend and weld them to make a patch and the housing will be as good as new if not better. So that's the game plan right now.
Think i'll have to strip down the housing or can i just remove the ubolt and fix it as long as it's welded slowly?
Thanks,
Alan
 
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