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So I have read that there are problems with lowering AWD E's past 2.5, such as the axles poping out. Well I have an idea that maybe one of you will get to try before I can. On my friends 04 Tacoma we lowered the transfer case when we lifted his truck to keep the angle of the drive E & there looks like there is at least .5 of lift that could be added to the rear diff & that small of change shouldn't mess with the driveshaft comming back & that would give an extra .5 of safe drop.
the diff will have to be taken out to do this. the front mounts will have to be cut down but the back mounts will just need longer screws & some spacers. I'm going to try & get mine on a lift soon so I can really look at everything. It looks as though there could be more gained if the floor was massaged "BFH" in the tire well. I could not tell how much room there was in front of the diff with me just laying on the ground.

Just something to think about.
 

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If you raise the diff you have to notch the wheel well openings a little bit for proper axle movement. Notching this metal without altering the diff might be enough to minimize the axle damage.
 

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If you raise the diff you have to notch the wheel well openings a little bit for proper axle movement. Notching this metal without altering the diff might be enough to minimize the axle damage.
What are you talking about???? There is nothing to notch that has anything to do with what i'm talking about. When you go past 2.5 on the rear of an AWD E you run the chance of the axle poping out of the diff when you drive over something that makes the tire move in an upward position. "According to what others have posted" You would have to roll the fender if you go low enough to have contact there.
 

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I'm sorry, I meant the upper control arm needs clearance to the body which results in the axle hyperextending and popping out from either the differential or the cv joint. Body contact bends the upper control arm as well. It happened to me back in 05 driving through Denver. I wouldnt be surprised if other E's that are lowered beyond 2 inches have slight wear marks on the upper control arm.

Heres a quick link from a long time ago
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16763&highlight=axle
 

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That will not be a problem to clearence. Thanks for the tip on the control arm i'll keep an eye on that.
 
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