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Old 01-09-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
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locking dif

i'm a first time yota owner i bought a 96 tacoma 4x4 my question is, how do i know if it has a locking rearend ?
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Factory switch on the dash. If not doubt aftermarket.

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Switch would say "RR DIFF LOCK"

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Factory TRD rear lockers didnt come out until 1998, anyhow.

To check for an aftermarket, search for the tire-spin method. Or drop out the rear differential.
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And wiring/motor on the rear diff are a sign there's a diff locker there.
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Factory TRD rear lockers didnt come out until 1998, anyhow.
I've got one on my 97, but you're right. 96 didn't have a diff lock. If it does have one it must be aftermarket.

If it's selectable then it has to have some kind of switch. It might be a ratcheting one. If it is you might be able to hear it if you turn really slow on pavement.
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I've got one on my 97, but you're right. 96 didn't have a diff lock. If it does have one it must be aftermarket.

If it's selectable then it has to have some kind of switch. It might be a ratcheting one. If it is you might be able to hear it if you turn really slow on pavement.
They didn't come as a factory option on the Tacoma until 98. 4Runners were lucky enough to have them in 96.
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Good to know. I guess you learn something new everyday. Thanks for teaching me something.
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