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ive seen post of people using the trailmaster extension for the sas swap i was going to get a benup steering shaft but ive having two problems the first is i cant seem to get ahold of them ive left emails and voicemail and never get a return and there is no online ordering so if anybody knows of another vendor for a steeing shaft oor has any info on the tm steering shaft that would be great thanks
 

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i've used the trailmaster steering extension on several swaps... it bolts right up to the ifs box, i take the 90 degree joint apart and make it into a straight u-joint then just put them together...
 

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Same here... its really easy to do.

Although now days I used an older IFS steering shaft and graft the female end of the stock Tacoma (short shaft) to the longer IFS shaft.

Here is a write up that I did.

http://www.ericksonsonline.com/4x4/steeringshaft/index.html

The only cost was the $35 I paid to tap for the rag joint/steering shaft combo. When its complete... I like the fact that it looks clean, and factory!

Yogi

Oh yea... Its also safe... in the event of a crash, the steering shaft has the crumple zone... so it wont shove the shaft into your chest! lol



ive seen post of people using the trailmaster extension for the sas swap i was going to get a benup steering shaft but ive having two problems the first is i cant seem to get ahold of them ive left emails and voicemail and never get a return and there is no online ordering so if anybody knows of another vendor for a steeing shaft oor has any info on the tm steering shaft that would be great thanks
 

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Some have used the stock steering shaft and welded to the steering shaft/rag joint from the doner vehicle that they got the IFS box--and that is what I did at first I did a new shaft( last week) using a shaft from an 84 or older 4x4 mini truck that has VERY big slip spline instead of the rag-joint--one less thing to break on the trail. Welded the parts together and very beefy. There is a company that sells what I have done for 325.00 the only difference is they look nicer. That company used steering shafts from the 84 older 4x4 trucks and older 60-70 ish shafts from a FJ40 matched them up with newer upper ends off of 4runners. I do not have the web page but do a google or yahoo search. Once you see the shafts from the old trucks you will see the strength of them vs a rag joint. If need be I can send some pics. They also come with the u-joint at the box end.
 

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I dont use the rubber "rag" joint portion. I use a 1/4" metal spacer that I make to bolt the two ends together. I really tightens up the steering and will ever break! :)

If you look closely in this pic, you can see what Im talkinga bout. No rubber... all metal.



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Some have used the stock steering shaft and welded to the steering shaft/rag joint from the doner vehicle that they got the IFS box--and that is what I did at first I did a new shaft( last week) using a shaft from an 84 or older 4x4 mini truck that has VERY big slip spline instead of the rag-joint--one less thing to break on the trail. Welded the parts together and very beefy. There is a company that sells what I have done for 325.00 the only difference is they look nicer. That company used steering shafts from the 84 older 4x4 trucks and older 60-70 ish shafts from a FJ40 matched them up with newer upper ends off of 4runners. I do not have the web page but do a google or yahoo search. Once you see the shafts from the old trucks you will see the strength of them vs a rag joint. If need be I can send some pics. They also come with the u-joint at the box end.
 

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hey bro how did u remove the old steeing u joint ? i tryed to remove it like i would a normal driveshaft u joint but there smalle so its a bitch
 

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im pretty sure its a rag joint..there are 2 bolts (maybe 10 or 12mm) holding the joint together..u dont have to take the u joint thingy apart
 

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There is no set way to remove the joint... just keep working at it... carefully so you dont damage the caps. :)

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hey bro how did u remove the old steeing u joint ? i tryed to remove it like i would a normal driveshaft u joint but there smalle so its a bitch
 

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I used the shaft on the bottom. Got it from an older Toyota pickup at the junkyard for cheap. Been working great ever since! I don't like the idea of using rubber in the steering shaft. I can't count the number of times I've seen the rubber shredded on those things, deeming the steering useless. Avoid using the rubber at all costs :) Ronn has the right idea...
 

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Yeah... I agree with you... I shreddred the rubber bushing / rag joint on my first SAS that I did about 6 years ago. Ive been running a solid spacer ever since. I think the rag joint was there just to remove any vibes from the steering wheel. More of the car like driving that Toyota tried to incorportate into their vehicles.

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I used the shaft on the bottom. Got it from an older Toyota pickup at the junkyard for cheap. Been working great ever since! I don't like the idea of using rubber in the steering shaft. I can't count the number of times I've seen the rubber shredded on those things, deeming the steering useless. Avoid using the rubber at all costs :) Ronn has the right idea...
 
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