Tacoma TRD Disposes of Rear Differential Off-Road

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Tacoma TRD

We’re not sure exactly how this Tacoma TRD wound up losing its entire rear axle, but here it is!

Off-roading is loads of fun. That’s why so many people do it, obviously. But even if you drive the most capable vehicle on the planet, you’re inevitably going to break some stuff. And breaking stuff, well, sucks. But while we’ve all busted a tire or two and maybe even lost a tie-rod, we’re betting you’ve never done anything this bad. Because this fairly new, 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD lost its entire freakin’ rear axle!

According to Instagram user hardtaco16, the Tacoma TRD driver was cruising around Rowher Flats when the unfortunate incident occurred. Located out in the Angeles National Forest, Rowher is known for offering up plenty of hard, rocky, challenging terrain. And apparently, that terrain is also known to eat up rear axles, because this reportedly isn’t the first time such an incident has occurred there!

Tacoma TRD

Thankfully, hardtaco16 was there to lend a helping hand. And of course, document the whole rescue attempt and the carnage. From the looks of things, the Tacoma TRD was attempting to climb a bumpy hill of sorts when the rear axle decided it wanted to go a different way. And like some sort of rebellious teen, that’s exactly what it did.

Tacoma TRD

Thankfully, there were a few good Samaritans nearby. And also a white Land Cruiser to help winch the Tacoma from its rather precarious position. Still, the question remains – how the heck did this happen in the first place? It’s hard to believe that the truck itself failed without some sort of help from bad decisions on the driver’s part. But you can bet we’ll be tuning in to see if more info surfaces!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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