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Old March 22nd, 2011, 10:31 PM   #1
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i have an open diff andlooking at the price of a locker to the price of a mini spool it is going in a gm 10 bolt what do you guys think it is my summer ride i know the mini spool locks perminetly but it is alot cheaper than a eaton e80 locker
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 10:35 PM   #2
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 10:38 PM   #3
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Weld it!
Even cheaper than a mini spool with the same effect.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 10:41 PM   #4
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not as strong as a mini spool
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 10:45 PM   #5
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if it's done right you wont have a problem.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 07:36 AM   #6
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are you goin on the road alot, or mainly off road?
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 07:37 AM   #7
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if it's done right you wont have a problem.
I agree, but 'Done Right' is open to interpetation.

The last one I welded up I used a tecnique called 'Fozzy Locked'
I ran it for over 2 years with no issues, on and off road.

Search for Fozzy Locker for pictures and more info, but here is the basics of it:
With the welder, you fill in the valley's on the side gears so the spider gear teeth will contact the weld as the axle turns. This will allow about 15 degrees or so of rotation befor the axle locks.
The trick here is to make sure the spider gear teeth all contact the side gears welds at the same time so you dont load the gear un-evenly.

Simple really, and this way you dont destroy the carrier by welding on it.
The main advantage is in turnning on pavement, you start into the turn a bit befor the axle locks up and drags the outside tire. It helps on wet pavement.

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Old March 23rd, 2011, 09:22 AM   #8
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I agree, but 'Done Right' is open to interpetation.

The last one I welded up I used a tecnique called 'Fozzy Locked'
I ran it for over 2 years with no issues, on and off road.

Search for Fozzy Locker for pictures and more info, but here is the basics of it:
With the welder, you fill in the valley's on the spider gears so the side gear teeth will contact the weld as the axle turns. This will allow about 15 degrees or so of rotation befor the axle locks.
The trick here is to make sure the side gear teeth all contact the spider gears welds at the same time so you dont load the gear un-evenly.

Simple really, and this way you dont destroy the carrier by welding on it.
The main advantage is in turnning on pavement, you start into the turn a bit befor the axle locks up and drags the outside tire. It helps on wet pavement.
X2 I welded my rear spiders "fozzy style" and i love it, its "easy" you can weld the spiders out of the carrier minimizing splatter, you cant really tell it has a little play in it and it works!
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My 14 bolt has been welded for 7 years know! No problem w/ it what so ever!! Before it had a Detroit in it and then that broke, it broke two days after the warranty was up!!
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 10:09 AM   #10
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I've ran mini spools and weldeds on and off road. I would do either cause they are so cheap. If you go mini spool get the chromoloy cross pin. It helps.
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This right here to me screams that you sir are in fact a fucking retard.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 10:34 AM   #12
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I fully expect everything else to break before my "fozzy locker" gives me trouble.
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Old March 24th, 2011, 09:35 PM   #13
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We have welded for years, and have broke more shafts than our welds. I would stay away from welding or mini-spooling the front. I've had good luck with lock-rights for the front.
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