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What else to do while front diff and LCAs are out

Hi guys,

I'm about to tear into the front end of my 3rd gen to replace the front diff and LCAs (poly bushings). I'm going back with new OEM LBJs and new bolts while I'm there. Also doing new alignment cams and bolts.

Anything I need to consider replacing while I'm that far into the job with all of those parts removed?

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CVs, Steering rack, intermediate shaft, inner and outer tie rods, durobump diff mount bushings, wheel bearings, brakes, brake lines.

Anything else I may be missing? In other words, once I install this diff, I really dont want to have to wrestle it back out ever again haha
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If you have the front diff out, consider dropping the oil pan and resealing it if it shows signs of leaking. The oil pan can't come out unless the diff is out of the way.
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If you have the front diff out, consider dropping the oil pan and resealing it if it shows signs of leaking. The oil pan can't come out unless the diff is out of the way.
Thank you, Tim! I will have a better look at the pan when the diff is out of the way. No visible leaks from what I can see now, thankfully.

I'll be using your video as a guide when maneuvering the diff out! Jacking the engine up a little with a piece of wood sounds like the way to go to avoid cussing.

Thanks for your videos!
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Hi guys,

I'm about to tear into the front end of my 3rd gen to replace the front diff and LCAs (poly bushings). I'm going back with new OEM LBJs and new bolts while I'm there. Also doing new alignment cams and bolts.

Anything I need to consider replacing while I'm that far into the job with all of those parts removed?

Already new:
CVs, Steering rack, intermediate shaft, inner and outer tie rods, durobump diff mount bushings, wheel bearings, brakes, brake lines.

Anything else I may be missing? In other words, once I install this diff, I really dont want to have to wrestle it back in ever again haha
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If you have the front diff out, consider dropping the oil pan and resealing it if it shows signs of leaking. The oil pan can't come out unless the diff is out of the way.
I will double that suggestion from @mtbtim . if you have access to the pan you should just re-seal the pan regardless. The seal pac starts to break down after about 18-20 years and will leak.
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I will double that suggestion from @mtbtim . if you have access to the pan you should just re-seal the pan regardless. The seal pac starts to break down after about 18-20 years and will leak.
You guys typically use the orange FIPG on it?
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Replace the needle bearing on the drivers side of the front diff if you're lifted.
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You guys typically use the orange FIPG on it?
good stuff

Amazon.com: Genuine Toyota Fluid 00295-00103 Formed-in-Place Oil Pan Gasket - 3 oz. Tube: Automotive

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You guys typically use the orange FIPG on it?
The orange is for transmissions, transfer cases and differentials. The black FIPG @sleepydad linked for you is the correct stuff.
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Replace the needle bearing on the drivers side of the front diff if you're lifted.
Good idea, and it just so happens @infamousRNR have a video for it.

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Good idea, and it just so happens @infamousRNR have a video for it.
Thanks guys! My front diff is a ECGS unit with the clamshell bushing installed already. (needle bearings eliminated)

I am so glad I made this thread now-- didn't even think about the oil pan! Might as well while i'm 90% there
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Good idea, and it just so happens @infamousRNR have a video for it.
Was not aware this was a thing. Tim and Sean saving our asses again. Hate trying to gather all these little things needed/recommended for a lift
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If you have the front diff out, consider dropping the oil pan and resealing it if it shows signs of leaking. The oil pan can't come out unless the diff is out of the way.
So I was under the impression the diff needed to be much more removed for the drop and went ahead and got stuff preemptively to do this re-sealing, only to find out the diff just needs to be lowered an inch or two for the spacers to slide in (and is a very easy job all around). That being said, does the diff need to come FULLY out to to drop the oil pan, or can it simply be lowered some and perhaps tilted out the way to allow clearance?
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So I was under the impression the diff needed to be much more removed for the drop and went ahead and got stuff preemptively to do this re-sealing, only to find out the diff just needs to be lowered an inch or two for the spacers to slide in (and is a very easy job all around). That being said, does the diff need to come FULLY out to to drop the oil pan, or can it simply be lowered some and perhaps tilted out the way to allow clearance?

The diff needs to come all the way out to drop the oil pan.
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