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Dynatrac ProRock 60 Tacoma Review

Rock Like a Pro

When it comes to a great all-around midsize truck, the 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma is one of the best. With tremendous aftermarket support, proven long-term reliability, and multiple cab configurations, the second-generation Tacoma has become a go-to truck for everyone from desert runners to weekend wheelers. Our 2008 Double Cab Tacoma has had its fair share of upgrades over the years, and as we find weak points, we seek to replace them with better parts.

While we are reluctant to call our Tacoma’s stock 8-inch rear axle a weak point, it’s fair to say that it could be improved. The low-pinion design is excellent for strength in a stock configuration, but when you add in taller tires and harsh wheeling environments, the shortcomings become more apparent. The fact that we continue to add weight in the form of bumpers and additional armor isn’t helping the 1/4-ton axle either.

Until recently there were not many rear axle options for the Tacoma. This was especially true if you wanted to keep the stock wheel bolt pattern and ABS. Thankfully, Dynatrac has produced a bolt-in axle actually designed for the builder on a budget. The Dynatrac Tacoma Axle Builder Kit uses one of Dynatrac’s ultrahigh-clearance high-pinion ProRock 60 differentials and fits it with the correct brackets to make it a bolt-in upgrade for the second-gen Tacoma.

The idea is for you to be able to reuse your stock drum brakes, ABS sensors, and current wheels. For the differential gears and locker, you have the choice of purchasing the axlehousing empty or paying a little more for Dynatrac to set it up for you. We picked up one of the bolt-in 60s for our Tacoma and spent a couple hours with our friends at Low Range 4x4 in Wilmington, North Carolina, swapping the ProRock 60 in place. While the installation went smoothly, the big news is that Dynatrac is actually going to give one of these axles away!

To find out how you can get your own Tacoma ProRock for free, visit https://www.dynatrac.com/4wheel/.

Install Notes

Our ProRock 60 was literally a bolt-in affair—no cutting, welding, or surprises along the way. While Dynatrac builds the differential to accept the stock Tacoma rear driveshaft, we found we did need to have ours shorted about 1 1/2 inches.

On the Trail

At 127 inches, our Tacoma has a rather long two-piece rear driveshaft. Installing a ProRock 60 was confidence inspiring not only on the strength front but because the high-pinion differential tucks our driveline farther out of harm’s way. While the ProRock 60 does offer best-in-class clearance over other 60s on the market, we still scrape it on rocky trails. This is mostly due to our modest 34-inch-tall Nitto Trail Grapplers. Overall, we are extremely pleased with the setup and like the fact that the rear axle can grow as we continue to evolve our Tacoma.