Good morning everyone! I'm a new member and, as of 5PM yesterday, the proud, new winner of a 1996 4Runner. I say winner because I've not yet paid for or picked up the vehicle:
My wife and I are with the Foreign Service and will be moving to Armenia in October (translation:no easy way to get heavy parts (tires, 3rd members, gear sets) unless I ship them in with us). I've been looking for a good, solid expedition platform for quite awhile,and this one seemed perfect (it's already set up and ready to go as far as I can see from a distance). As with all things that seem perfect, they usually are not. I called the seller last night after winning the item, and got out of him that the 'factory locker' was, in fact, a retrofit. I don't have any qualms about the 100K miles on that 3.4L V6 (the head gasket was replaced under recall at around 90K) or on that drivetrain, but I need to understand what exactly could become problematic with a retrofitted elocker. If it matters, the 3rd member is from a 2002 Tacoma.
I'm not intending to disparage the seller in anyway, but I would have paused had I known that the locker didn't come from the factory. If I were staying in the United States I would already be on a plane to go pick it up, but I'm moving to a place where a reliable vehicle is a necessity and calling a tow truck to haul it to my favorite gear shop isn't going to be an option. Although they WERE Russian for a long, long time so they're used to fixing things...
I even considered looking for and replacing the entire rear axle before leaving, or would you all consider that overkill?
Thank you in advance for any input you all might provide me.