AE86 GT-S axle information


 

Differences between axles produced for the AE86 GT-S

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 Axle Type*

 LSD or Open Diff

 Production Dates

Interchangeable

1

Zenki

OEM LSD

August 84 to October 85

with 2

2

Zenki

Open Diff

August 84 to October 85

with 1**

3

Kouki

OEM LSD

October 85 to July 87

with 4

4

Kouki

Open Diff

October 85 to July 87

with 3**

*Zenki = early model/1985, Kouki = late model/1986-87

**Axles must be shortened by 5-8 mm for use with OEM LSD, see below


 

Side by side comparison of early and late model AE86 GT-S axles

Notice how the '85 axles taper out twice from the top, while the '86/87 axles taper out only once

 

 

 

Here's another way I've learned to tell the axles apart.

Check out the ends of the axles and compare them to my diagram above.

 

YES, *I* found this out on my own. Now if this info has helped you, send me stuff. Money and other shiny things are welcome.

 


 

 

Cutting Axles

 

Non-LSD axles CAN BE SHORTENED to be used as LSD axles for the corresponding year. 

I have done this numerous times for application with both of my LSD's as well as those of my friends. An angle grinder with a cut-off disc will have the job done within a minute or two. Keep in mind you only need to remove approx. 5-8mm off the end of each axle, and after you make the cut, be sure to taper the end so it looks just like it did before you cut it.

 

Here's Don, a Toyota shop foreman cutting my first set of axles in 2001. I've been doing it myself ever since.

 


 

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