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Old 03-30-2008, 02:58 PM
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I thought this was interesting after UB's incident last year at CM: I ordered some back-issues of TT that were before my joining up with TLCA: Jan/Feb '03 talks about the 1st annual Surf 'n Turf. Drexx broke his front diff, and I thought the description was interesting,

"While talking with Jimmy Miller at the base of Competition Hill, Drexx's supercharged 80 series goes screaming by attempting the hill at speed! As mentioned previously, those hardly noticed dips and ruts at the base of the hill are interesting and the 80 flies through them with a distinctive snap! Drexx's speed carries the 80 to the top. Moving the Cruiser away from the crest of the dune to safely inspect the damage, Amando Mendoza and Drexx begin to disassemble the driver's side knuckle. As the rest of us congregate around our wounded brother to help, a few of us discuss the possibility of the front carrier and/or ring and pinion damage..."

Sounds kinda similar - supercharged 80, travelling at dips and bumps at speed, do we see a trend here?
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Yup.
All 80 owners should remove those pesky locked high pinion front diffs immediately and run, not walk, to the nearest minitruck owner who will gladly dispose of them for a nominal charge.
Heck, Squishy! will do it for free, or maybe even buy you lunch.
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:33 AM
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Yup.
All 80 owners should remove those pesky locked high pinion front diffs immediately and run, not walk, to the nearest minitruck owner who will gladly dispose of them for a nominal charge.
Heck, Squishy! will do it for free, or maybe even buy you lunch.


Ahhhhh....so your saying Minitrucks are trash trucks! Now I'm starting to understand.....not only will they shake down your internal organs on a washboard road and at the same time let both full size humans inside beat the snot outta each other with flying elbows but they also can haul all the weak crap parts that Cruiser guys toss in favor of upgrades. Now I can see they have some value after all!
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:50 PM
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Oh yeah. Trash trucks. Awful things. We will be happy to dispose of those junk diffs. Just call me Fred Sanford. Happy to help.
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UB's mighty feisty these days!

Seems to me the common thread in breaking high pinion front diffs in 80 series trucks has something to do with them leaving the ground! Not quite sure Toyota had that service requirement in mind!
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Seems to me the common thread in breaking high pinion front diffs in 80 series trucks has something to do with them leaving the ground! Not quite sure Toyota had that service requirement in mind!
That's too bad to hear about the Cruisers, 'cause it doesn't bother mini trucks to go and fly.







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UB's mighty feisty these days!

Seems to me the common thread in breaking high pinion front diffs in 80 series trucks has something to do with them leaving the ground! Not quite sure Toyota had that service requirement in mind!

Damn straight! Got a problem with that?

Stress is a useful tool if used correctly!

The inside joke Mr. Toyoda did by sticking "Romper Room" parts in the mighty 80 does have a flaw but it is not leaving the ground but rather it's the landing! I have no doubt that that crap is a fine addition to any Show and Shine Mini but it has no place at a real world backcountry Starbucks!
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Gee, those are sporting the even weaker 7.5" diffs too. Gee.
Maybe I should downgrade my show and shine mini.
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I heard a little bit different story way back then. How his foot never came off the throttle until heard the snap crakle pop after he landed many feet after he launched off the crest of the hill. He was under full throttle when he hit the ground.
Anyhow the teeth on drex's 80 had come off where the big hole was on the carrier, Just like mine did in reverse in deep snow one time and some other folks. The carrier can allow flex if not carefull. I do think UB with the cold treatment on his RG will stand the test of time.
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That's too bad to hear about the Cruisers, 'cause it doesn't bother mini trucks to go and fly.
Hmmmmm....coincidence all those were indi front axle trucks? Not many pics of landings either!
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