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AXLE SHAFT interchangeability (1st gen Tacoma - 86-95 Pickup/4Runner)

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AXLE SHAFT interchangeability (1st gen Tacoma - 86-95 Pickup/4Runner)

Has anyone successfully used a 1st gen Tacoma rear axle shaft on a '86-'95 Pickup (4WD, 4cyl, 8" diff, 2 pinion, 30-spline axle shaft)?

I KNOW Tacoma axle shafts are wider by 1.5" (and that's it regarding differences between them as far as I know), but here's the thing:

If you observe closely, the spline end on the axle shafts (be it Tacoma or Pickup) has "contact/wear markings" which don't cover the total length of the splines.

1.- Am I right in supposing the Tacoma rear axle shaft would simply ENGAGE DEEPER into the side gear (extending beyond those contact/wear markings) in comparison to the Pickup axle shaft, allowing for correct sealing and mounting at the axle wheel end?

2.- If this is even possible, would problems arise because of having a shaft at one side engaging deeper into the DIFF in comparison to the other side?



THANKS FOR ANY FEEDBACK ON THIS!

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