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Toyota differentials
And anyone that's done a fair amount of off-roading in a Series truck knows the problems with the rear axles.

Here are some pictures of the 30-spline replacments that I made and how I adapted electric locking diffs from a Toyota to the Land Rover housings.

The difference between the 30-spline axles and the stock 10-spline Rover axles.
Another view of the two axles.
The rear stub-axles have to be bored just a bit to accept the new axles.
The original stud holes in the houseing must be welded and new holes marked, drilled and tapped to accept the Toyota diff. marking out the location of the studs is a pretty critical point in this job but not rocket science. After the holes were marked, I used a chunk of the Toyota housing to help keep things straight. There's also a slot that has to be cut into the Rover housing to accept the locking mechanism.
Diff and axles mocked up in the Rover housing.
The pinion flange has to be re-drilled and the center turned out to accept the Rover drive shaft.
Here's a picture of the rear axle complete with brake lines and ready to install. While I was at it, the whole thing was painted with POR and new brakes cyls. and shoes and new wheel bearings were installed.
New front axles had to be made to fit the Toyota center and the Rover housings. Here's a picture of the new long front shaft together with the original one.
The difference between the new and the original u-joint flanges...And yes, they fit inside the swivel balls!
The difference between the two outer half-shafts.
And the difference between the two inner half-shafts.
Besides grinding a bit off the bottom of the swivel pin bushing, nothing in the front housing has to be changed to accept the larger axles and u-joint yokes.
The 24-spline outer shaft allows me to use a standard Rover FWH
Here's a picture of the front diff in the truck
And the rear. You'll notice that because these are "hypoid" type diffs, the pinion is a bit lower in the chuck than the original Rover chuck but the driveshafts seem fine
Here is a picture of the control box that runs the lockers. A red light comes on to indicate a locked position