How to lift your Tercel 4wd

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Re: How to lift your Tercel 4wd

Post by jimcrazy » Wed May 17, 2017 3:02 am

there is bearings to support the carrier same as the rear but the bore of the carrier is what supports the axle and it has no bearings,,that is what wore out on mine making the axle flop around

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My tercel:: 1984 SR5 280K Lift and 195 75 14.

Re: How to lift your Tercel 4wd

Post by C130 » Wed May 17, 2017 9:20 am

ARCHINSTL wrote:4WD Shifter Seal Info;
XLNT step-by-step pictorial on replacing by dlb: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=9701&hilit=4wd+seal
xirdneh also has seal info in this thread.

More on seal sizing: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=9522&hilit=4wd+seal

Tom M.
Thanks I figured it out, its on its way. Rock Auto had it, shipping was 8$ though...

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Re: How to lift your Tercel 4wd

Post by C130 » Wed May 17, 2017 9:29 am

Petros wrote:C130,

usually if one of the cv joints is worn it will cause a vibration, worse on acceleration in a turn to the side with the worn cv joint. you can check by hand, jack up the car and than rotate the outer cv joint back and forth, there should be little to no play in the joint.

if you have a leaky axle seal, that might indicated the outer diff bearing is wearing out, allow the axle stub to wobble too much and cause it to leak past the seal. This can also be a source of the vibration.

I have the same thing right now, and I replaced the cv axles (and all other worn suspension parts) but the vibration is still there, so I am thinking it is in the diff now. Will have to replace the whole assembly, or consider replacing the bearing in it, which means setting up the shims to reset the gear lash between the ring and pinion. I would rather just replace the whole assembly.

So first check the easy and less costly things: cv joints. Replace if bad. The seal might be just a coincidence (which go bad sometimes even with good diff bearings). if it is good, than see if there is any play in the axle stub where it plugs into the diff assembly. If so, you may need to replace the front diff assembly, if so be aware that there are two different front diff ratios for the manual trans Tercel, '83-84 has 3.73:1 and '85 and later has 4.1:1. so you either have to match it, or also replace the rear diff with the matching ratio.
Thanks Petros, I hope its not the latter. Ill start digging around for a deal on front axles. If if continues to wobble, the integrity of whatever is carrying the axle will be damaged. Ive never messed with the internals of a diff. I'm also hoping that the seals were a result of the 280K on them and my monkey arms smacking the axles back in after the clutch job. We'll see.

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Re: How to lift your Tercel 4wd

Post by Abra-Cadaver » Fri May 19, 2017 1:45 am

haven't been on here in a while, nice to see the cars built off this thread. 8)

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Re: How to lift your Tercel 4wd

Post by seancromie » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:32 am

NickC809 wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 9:50 am
I just completed my lift via this thread and I couldn't be happier!
is this a before and after? as well what size tires are you running on there?

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Re: How to lift your Tercel 4wd

Post by C130 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:37 pm

ARCHINSTL wrote:
Tue May 16, 2017 10:35 am
4WD Shifter Seal Info;
XLNT step-by-step pictorial on replacing by dlb: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=9701&hilit=4wd+seal
xirdneh also has seal info in this thread.

More on seal sizing: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=9522&hilit=4wd+seal

Tom M.
Just Saw this, thanks ARCHINSTL. I replace all the trans seals last night and for whatever reason I thought I had bought the 4wd shifter seal. Realized I was wrong after I removed the lever. So I did go the thread route and it is working like a champ. I raided my wifes craft dumpster and sourced some thick cotton thread. 10 turns wrapped on the interior of the washer and trans case. I tell you what, it sure is nice removing the cardboard from the driveway.

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Re: How to lift your Tercel 4wd

Post by Terrence the Turtle » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:39 pm

so I'm sure this question has been beaten like a dead horse. but can i use my stock replacement shocks with this lift setup? i just did shocks, strut inserts, and bushings all the way around. don't really want to spend a bunch more money than I have to.

Thanks for a great write up.

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Re: How to lift your Tercel 4wd

Post by C130 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:17 am

Terrence The Turtle,
From what I recall the inserts and spring hats we used were MR2. I think you could fab up some poly spacers for the front on the cheap (conservative height) using the side Tercel had as a stencil. And I actually think I remember someone having the schematic or stencil in adobe format on here. I didn't end up going that route but I sourced some really strong HPDE for like 10$ at a specialty plastics distributor. I think it was scrap. You could then jam some cheap rubber spacers(again conservative height) on top of the rear coil springs. You would have to go with slightly longer shocks in the rear though. All in all DIY could be 3 hours of work and maybe 100$ I uploaded an image of the spacer type I used. Forgot the brand name. I had to shave one side flat and trim a few edges off. I run the MA700 air shocks in the rear $58 for the set. Nice to be able to adjust loads. Be aware that your handling will change. And if your sway bar bushings or the bar itself are shot it will be darty. Took some time to finesse out the handling. I do love the look of the car now. Especially with the ridiculous retreads and MR2 triangles. Good luck with the project and there are plenty of great people on here to help you along or to help find parts. I couldn't have done it without them. :D
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