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Old January 18th, 2011, 11:32 PM   #1
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Exclamation lock out help

i have an 86 f 250 so it has ttb front end but i was wondering if it cause damage if i leave my lockouts locked in while driving in 2 wheel drive on and off?
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Old January 18th, 2011, 11:49 PM   #2
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Don't quote me on this but i do not see why it would hurt anything. It does not hurt anything in a truck with a solid axle and the TTB front end still has similar components to a solid axle. It is still just axle shafts and a differential with a different design.

You will cause extra wear on your front end and probably see a very minuscule drop in gas mileage but that should be all. I always use to keep mine locked in the winter unless i was going on a long highway haul.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 12:08 AM   #3
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ok just asking cuz i dont know and ive been told i could
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Old January 19th, 2011, 12:23 AM   #4
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Its actually good to use it more often than not. They tend to rust up causing them to drag the truck down and use lots more gas. . But it will not hurt a thing as long as your not hammering the gas pedal to the boards. Leaving them locked in at all times will wear more on the as stated but it wont hurt to leave in casually.

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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:56 AM   #5
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Some vehicles seem to be worse than other. I dont know if its because of the power or the weight but my SD does not like to be locked in, at all.

It drives fine straight but when you turn to hard they can bind and wrap hard. It's not a bad idea to periodically use it but i wouldn't overdo it.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 08:14 AM   #6
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a lot of vehicles have no disconnect on the front end, IE it is like driving around with locked hubs, with an open diff you probably will barely even notice. If you have a locker you will notice it more.

It may wear things out a bit faster (but doubtful it will be noticeable) but in general it really should not do any harm.

I usually lock the hubs on my trucks in november, and unlock them in april. Then only lock or unlock them when needed through out the summer months.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 08:22 AM   #7
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As long as your front driveshaft is balanced and good shape you should be ok, you'll just be spinning your axle shafts/ u-joints /front driveshaft all the time. Jeep and dodges are both like this with no selectable hubs
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Old January 19th, 2011, 09:55 AM   #8
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ok thanx guys yeah i wasnt sure and i didnt want to fukc shit up right away cuz i hate getting out everytime i need 4 wheel drive and locking the hubs in. but yeah thanx
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