The solid front axle is one of this truck's best features. The '81 Toyota front axle received a short gusset between the pumpkin and the driver-side spring perch. The ponderous skidplate and integrated truss was in place when I bought the truck. It's a stout piece, but it eats up ground clearance. In place of the skinny stock piece, I added an All-Pro heavy-duty tie rod with FJ80 tie-rod ends for some extra strength.