Josh’s 2nd Gen 3-Link SAS Tacoma

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This is Josh’s 2012 Tacoma solid axle swap build with a 3 linked Dana 44.

So my Tacoma is my daily driver/go where ever the hell I want to go truck. The truck is a 2012 access cab 6 speed manual. I did as much of this as I was able to in my garage, ie. winch, bumper, leaf springs, shocks, Tiregate, all the little stuff.

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Now the front end and the transfer case and what not, well that’s a bit above my skill level and I don’t have the resources to tackle a project like that – so all of that work was done by Tanner 4×4, a local off-road shop here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

I figured I would go ahead and get this wrote up and some pictures of it before I start running around in the mountains with it again. Then I’ll get some more.

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When I bought this truck back in January of 2017 it had a Fabtech 6 inch lift on it and it actually wheeled pretty alright. At the time I figured I could just go ahead and bomb proof the lift that was on it. I started the whole “bomb proofing” thing and it was getting stupid pricey, so I just said screw it and SAS’d it.

Second Gen Toyota Tacoma Solid Axle Swap 2012

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For the 10 million people out there that are going to ask about tons and 40s. That’s not what I wanted. Will I someday? Probably not. And even if I do decide to go that route someday with this truck, then whatever, I’ll put tons under it. Done with that subject.

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So here is most of what all has been done, in no particular order…..

  • HP Dana 44 From A 1979 F-250.
  • Fox Racing Shox 2.5 Series Coilovers With Remote Reservoir 16 Inch Stroke.
  • Yukon 4.88
  • Powertrax Lock Right Front Locker.
  • Trail-Gear Verso Dual Cases.
  • US Off Road Front Bumper. – I went with this particular bumper, instead of something bigger/more protective because if I make my truck and longer it won’t fit in my garage with the door down. With that being said, I really like the way the front end on these trucks look from the factory and the US Off Road bumper is a solid, well built bumper. (Link)
  • Engo SR12S Winch.
  • Goodyear MT/r Kevlar 35×12.50 r17.
  • 17 Inch Steel Rock Crawlers.
  • RCI Gas Tank Skid.
  • Alcan 6 Inch +200lbs Leaf Springs. – I had put these on when I was attempting to bomb proof that Fabtech 6 inch lift and I fell in love with them. So they are staying.
  • Bilstein 12 Inch Stroke, Stem To Eye 5125s in the back.
  • Huskey Floor Liners.
  • Stainless Brake Lines All Around.
  • Lots Of Little Random Stuff. – Ie. diff breather, lights in the bed, a couple extra bed tie downs, CB, U-bolt Flip,  yadda yadda…..

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