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93yotaSAS
05-02-2012, 12:29 AM
Before I post up anything on this SAS, I want to thank my buddies at Protech Automotive (http://www.drippingspringsauto.com/) in Dripping Springs, TX. My dad has had all the work done on all of his vehicles there. They are a small, family owned business (very involved in the scouting community) that do great work for a great price. I was very lucky to be able to work with the Taddia family after hours when I got out of class. It was a great learning experience and I had a blast trashing my truck's IFS and solid axle swapping it with them. If you are ever in the Austin/Dripping Springs area and need some work done to your daily driver, weekend toy, or full time trail rig, be sure to hit them up. :rockin:banana:rockin

Pre-SAS :think I wonder if I can get more flex some how???
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc560.jpg

93yotaSAS
05-02-2012, 12:36 AM
Solution: SAS
-axle (85 toyota pickup)
-IFS Eliminator Kit (trail-gear w/ 5" leafs and 2" shackle)
-jerry rigged rear lift (3" block, 2" extended shackle, 2" add-a-leaf)

one thing at a time:
1st=jerry-rigged rear lift
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/urbanflew.jpg

IFS removal
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc595.jpg

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc598.jpg

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc603.jpg

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc607.jpg

These nasty brackets needed to go! :sawzall
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc615.jpg

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/grinding.jpg

All the extra crap
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc617.jpg

93yotaSAS
05-02-2012, 12:47 AM
With all the extra space, we went ahead and replaced my leaky oil pan gasket
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc622.jpg

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc619.jpg

Leaf springs, hanger and shackle welded up and shock hoop ready to go
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc621.jpg

Axle prep and gusset welded on
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/axleaftergrind-Copy-Copy.jpg

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc616.jpg

Axle bolted up. Damn that thing looks sick!!!!!
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc645.jpg

Had to stop to put on some extra horns :nono bad choice...they ended up sounding like crap
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc644.jpg

93yotaSAS
05-02-2012, 01:01 AM
Still didn't have the extra long front driveshaft. Ended up getting the 12" long spline drive shaft from trail-gear

Finally got her back on her feet, and damn those 31's looked small!!!
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc628.jpg

Everything put together nice and solid
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc639.jpg

Of course had to test the new solid front axle with my buddy on the way home that evening

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/truckranchandmisc648.jpg

and then some
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/urbanoffroad.jpg

and then some
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/flexingattheranch.jpg

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/rearaxleflexed--trailerramp.jpg

Finally threw some sexy (and cheap) 37" military goodyear wranglers on there
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/Aftermath.jpg

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m565/deanterrell/toyota%20pickup%20solid%20axle%20swap/IMG00752-20100421-1235.jpg

*******Thank yall for checking out this build thread, and if I forgot to mention anything or if you have any questions, please feel free to ask or shoot me a PM. And thanks again to Protech Automotive and the whole Taddia family for all of their support.*******

Bar M Offroad
05-02-2012, 06:44 AM
Nice job! I did one of those a few years ago for a guy, so I can appreciate the amount of work that it took to install.

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93yotaSAS
05-02-2012, 09:12 AM
they really do turn out well, and there are a lot fewer breakable pieces like the IFS. it really is the way to go

conny3737
05-02-2012, 12:50 PM
Gotta love a SAS'd yota. Best mod you could've done to it period!

93yotaSAS
05-02-2012, 01:16 PM
Hell yeah it is!!! Best...but not last!!! :beer

TEXAS MUDBUS
06-08-2012, 05:43 PM
I'm impressed at how well the swap went. It looks good!