Bent Toyota Diff

Submitted: Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:00
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Forgot to tell you that another (the third) Toyota has hit a sand dune and bent it's diff badly (very badly) but Big Red can't take the blame for this one this time. It would appear to be driver-error rather than vehicle problem, really.
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Reply By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:05

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:05
Those sand dunes keep jumping out in front of those Toyotas - hard to believe that it is driver error and not the fault of the sand dune.....
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Reply By: Mick - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:23

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:23
Hello Ruth .... Tell me please, how do you bend a diff? I can imagine breaking the case or the crown wheel or pinion but bending it .... sounds like a tall story to me!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:53

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:53
I think it's the axle that bends. My brother hit a wombat hole on the farm in his Patrol - dropped one front wheel 2 feet at 50 km/h. That was one force that the 'unbreakable' Nissan diff coudn't cope with, and the axle bent about 10 degrees. Also he broke the windscreen with my sister's head (that'll teach her that seat belts aren't only for the highway!!)
BTW he drove the Patrol 5km back to the homestead after winching it out of the hole. Sounded and drove a bit funny :))
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Follow Up By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:54

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:54
I think it's the axle that bends. My brother hit a wombat hole on the farm in his Patrol - dropped one front wheel 2 feet at 50 km/h. That was one force that the 'unbreakable' Nissan diff coudn't cope with, and the axle bent about 10 degrees. Also he broke the windscreen with my sister's head (that'll teach her that seat belts aren't only for the highway!!)
BTW he drove the Patrol 5km back to the homestead after winching it out of the hole. Sounded and drove a bit funny :))
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Follow Up By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:55

Monday, May 17, 2004 at 22:55
Sorry for the duplicate, must have missed my medication again ... again ... again
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 09:42

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 09:42
Bending diffs isnt as hard as it may sound, jumping dunes would do it quite easily, havent seen it happen personally, but have see the results more than once.
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Reply By: Member - Luxoluk - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 13:37

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 13:37
Could one therefore assume that this is the only advantage for IRS in 100 series??
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 15:40

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 15:40
More like another advantage, you are forgetting the better/safer handling on road. After all that's why they put it on in the first place!
Don't know bout you guys, I love 4wding, but percentage of on road use is higher than offroad. Just getting to the places is normally a few hundred k's not to mention the city driving during the week.
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Reply By: tdcockers - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 21:04

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 21:04
just for the uninitiated 4wd newbie (wannabie?), what is big red? i have seen plenty of references to it on this forum and had no idea what it is talking about. did i also see a little red at some stage???
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 21:52

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 21:52
Big red is the highest sand dune of the Simpson desert crossing on the eastern side 40 ks from birdsville, little red is about 3 ks away and is a lower height in the same dune,( possibly put in for nissan patrols so they dont get stranded on the other side,) !!! LOLOL
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 21:55

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 21:55
Go down to the beach.

Build a sand castle about 40 metres tall using about 50million million tonnes of sand.

Try and drive up it in the 4by!

Big Red is the largest of the thousand odd sand dunes in the Simpson Desert in the Northern part of South Australia which is itself the largest parallel drifting sand dune desert in the world. It represents one of the most serious individual challenges in Australian 4 wheel driving.

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Follow Up By: Aandy(WA) - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 23:06

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 23:06
Forget about the 40 metre sand castle .... Big Red is 90 metres high. The Prado actually had to work a bit to get over it! The rest of the Simpson is an absolute breeze.
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