Since day 1 i had planned to use pretty much everything but the chassis of an S15 to build this Hilux, over time I’ve slowly learnt and seen a neater, lighter or more functional way of doing things. Its only fitting that i build a tube rear cradle so heres the start!
The factory rear cradle is a heavy item, have you ever pulled out an S series cradle with the diff attached? Ive done it plenty of times and its a pain in the ass. With this new cradle i decided to have the diff bolt into the chassis and then the cradle only supports the suspension arms and uprights. This will make removing the cradle a breeze all while still being able to drop the diff out aswell.
So now its time to bend up the cradle, make the tabs for the arms, then make the arms, all sounds pretty straight forward yes? Ill be making a jig to hold the uprights where they should be first so thats tomorrow nights job! So now the only factory S13/14/15 parts are the knuckles, R200 diff, driveshafts and engine.