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I was trying to reach Downey yesterday and the phone rang and rang. I tried again this morning, and it is Disconnected. I have a manual hub conversion that was sold by Off Road Solutions, now out of business. I broke an outer CV joint a few months ago and used my spare. To replace the spare, I got one from Downey in February. Now with them out of business, I don't know where to source them.

Toyota only sells complete axle shafts. The outer stub CV gets destroyed when replacing it. Going from ADD only to manual hubs requires replacing the outer stub CV. The replacement is from a 96 Tacoma with manual hubs. Any ideas?

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Just got this reply from Downey. :(

Downey Off Road Mfg. ceased operation on July 31, 2009.

There are ongoing negotiations with six different well known companies who are interested in continuing major portions of the Downey product line. You will no doubt find Downey products at one or more of those companies in the near future. We thank your for being a part of our 39 year history.

Jim Sickles, President

Downey Off Road Mfg.
 

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As I mentioned before, I have a 2003 Tundra with the ORS manual hub conversion kit, which uses the splined outer CV axle stub from a 1996 Toyota Tacoma with manual hubs. ORS went out of business in December 2008, and I found Downey sold the same part, just $46 or so, plus shipping. Downey went out of business 7/31/09 and I was kicking myself for not handling this in March when I broke my left front axle and had to install my spare.

Well, the off road community is a tight knit group, indeed. Everyone I called was truly helpful. Here is a tree of how I got to the right company for my part...

Tried Northwest Offroad, per a suggestion over on www.ExpeditionPortal.com/forums. They had never dealt with this system, so it was unfortunately a dead end.

Called my buddy Sean (DevinSixtySeven). He suggested Kartek.

Kartek suggested I try All Pro or Demello.

Demello suggested I try Total Chaos, Inchworm or Marlin Crawler.

Nicole at Total Chaos was very helpful. They were suffering from not being able to do manual hub conversions since ORS went out of business. She suggested a local fab shop that makes one-offs, Summers Brothers.

I called Jim at Inchworm and he was aware of a place, CV Unlimited in the east somewhere. They are in South Carolina. I spoke to a technician there, Larry. He knew exactly which part number I needed off the top of his head, and set me up with Oren in their sales department to take my order.

They sell them two to a pack for $110 plus $12 shipping to Houston, so I will have a spare. They go out today and Oren said to call him back tomorrow for a tracking number. GREAT customer service so far!

I sure hope it is the right part. If it is not, I can return them and get a full refund, minus shipping.

I'll keep you posted.

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Yeah CV unlimited used to do alot of work for Tacos when they were getting big in the late 90's to y2k. Especially when spacer lifts were being stacked before we stared doing solid axle swaps. I also remember using porshe... uh what was it... 991 or something, cvs that worked perfect and gave more range of motion, then it was our ball bearings that were suffering. I suggest going to TTORA.com or Pirate4x4.com. Someone is always salvaging their IFS junk once they hack it off for rockcrawling.. mine are long gone and i just gave them away at the time.
Ive been out from the scene too long, one of my favorites is now out of the game? Man what a loss. It was only them and Northwest Offroad that was the big names in Toyota back when I got my first 92 hilux back in 96. They were hitting a low point though as Tacomas blew up and new race companies like TC and Camburg were taking over with the younger crowds... hell I remember helping Jason Demello build sliders in his apartment garage after work with a 4 hour round trip home to get his company started... Luckily he is still selling products.
 

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I need one of the manual hub joints as well and was wondering if you had found a replacement yet.....

If so I was wondering if you could give me some info on getting them.
 

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Wow what a bummer Downey was awesome, hope some company doesnt start making cheap crap and slapping there brand on it. What a bummer....
 
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