Clunk-Crunch - but my tojo diff got me home!

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 19:44
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For those who are interested, I drove 200kms back to civilization over some of the harshest terrain imaginable with a broken rear diff in my $4000 project - a 1990 Hzj75 Troopy. It was the ONLY part of the driveline i havent touched! I think i broke it while in a rocky creek bed - it started making some cruching noises when the rear axle was going over uneven ground. I had 40km of this 1st/2nd gear 4wd terrain before i got back to graded gravel roads here in the Pilbara WA. I was going to disconnect the rear tailshaft and get back to town on the front diff BUT the troopy persisted and didnt complain if i drove it in a straight line. So I crawled back to town at 45kph and tried not to turn right!!! CLUNK CLUNK CLUNK.....
Needless to say i am fairly impressed with the toyota running gear as it held up so long. When i drained the diff housing the sump plug collected metallic flakes and chips - something has let go - methinks perhaps part of the LSD as i could drive it straight or left - just not right!!
Now..if only toyota would use me in one of their ADVERTS...................
(-BTW- My main 4wd is a GQ Patrol!)

Cheers All
Quartzy
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Reply By: Browny - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 20:38

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 20:38
Quartzy,

hehe, thats the strangest post I've ever read! I guess you're endorsing the tojo driveline??? How many K's has the troopy done, most diffs can be driven for several hundred k's after the innitial bang, somtimes just a broken tooth etc, I guess your just a "glass half full" type of person.........Well done on getting home.

Browny
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Follow Up By: Quartzy - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 20:52

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 20:52
Cheers Browny!
She's done around 252 K - but i dont think the instrument panel is original - so who knows how many K's she's really done!
I havent taken the diff centre apart yet - i think youre right though - a broken tooth or similar. As for the glass half full...it's always a tinnie mostly empty!!
Regards Quartzy
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Reply By: Michael - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:13

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:13
Hey Quartzy, When you go to Toyota for a new diff centre, just buy one from a Toyota Echo. Its cheaper and probably just as strong LOL ........
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Follow Up By: Quartzy - Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:31

Sunday, Jul 04, 2004 at 21:31
Michael - know what you mean LOL! At least being a bit smaller than my GQ's diff i could lift it out by myself without crushing my arm!
Will go down the wreckers soon and look for that Echo / Corolla diff!!!
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Quartzy
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 08:44

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 08:44
There is a diff ctr reco'd on ebay at the moment for $700, will fit your 75 if it has the 1hz diesel motor in it (4.1 ratio)
I think the sungears have smashed in the lsd, might be worth pulling out and if there is no ring and pinion damage, fit an ARB air locker in it.
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Quartzy - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 16:36

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 16:36
Yeah been thinking that way Dozer!
A mate got a Detroit locker installed for less than the price of a recond factory tojo diff center- he loves it and takes the troopy anywhere.
Will investigate.
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Quartzy
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Reply By: mr diamond - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 13:50

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 13:50
shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh shh.
what you cant hear anything .
well the the quietness of a nissan diff coming home.latwh
just kidding
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Follow Up By: Quartzy - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 16:37

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 16:37
I wish i could drive my GQ LWB - the missus has it all the time!!!!!!!!!
I get the $4000 troopy!!!
Regards
Matt
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Reply By: phil - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 14:59

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 14:59
Reminds me of a time in the 1960's when we broke a rear diff in a Landrover between Borroloola and Burketown. Not much in the way of road then, let alone help. We drove to Burketown and then back to Sydney on only the front. Only had to winch a couple of times in some sandy sections.
Incidentally it was a Short Wheelbase Rover and there were 4 of us in it. We have it pretty soft these days!

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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 16:45

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 16:45
I cant believe a rover diff let you down....twice in the last 2 times up Appin we lost a r/rover rear diff...
Andrew
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Follow Up By: phil - Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 18:04

Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 18:04
I think it had something to do with pulling a truck out of a bog near Lake Ayre South a few weeks before.
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Reply By: Rod W - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 16:54

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 16:54
Was out on the Nangagurringgurring track yesterday. Came across a Landy with a broke front axle and later on a Jackeroo with a drowned donk. Look's like some people did'n't have a good day yesterday.
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Follow Up By: Rod W - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 16:57

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 16:57
of course did'n't should be spelt didn't.
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