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Old August 9th, 2013, 07:44 AM   #21
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Have you tried it? I'm asking for experience from trying it.
Seen it in action MANY times at the Mounds. It sucks monkey balls! If you plan on street driving in the snow, you will be a danger to yourself and others when you try to turn corners. My choice would be a Detroit Locker in the front. I had one in my Metro (ask around if this confuses you) and it worked awesome! I literally could not tell it was in there on pavement use while turning. It caused zero issues turning in slippery conditions and when I was in the soup, both front tires were always doing their job. If I ever stop web wheeling and build another off road rig, I will install another Detroit unit in the front.
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Old August 9th, 2013, 07:59 AM   #22
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Seen it in action MANY times at the Mounds. It sucks monkey balls! If you plan on street driving in the snow, you will be a danger to yourself and others when you try to turn corners. My choice would be a Detroit Locker in the front. I had one in my Metro (ask around if this confuses you) and it worked awesome! I literally could not tell it was in there on pavement use while turning. It caused zero issues turning in slippery conditions and when I was in the soup, both front tires were always doing their job. If I ever stop web wheeling and build another off road rig, I will install another Detroit unit in the front.

I've seen pictures of the metro! thanks for the advice. I will look into a Detroit. I figured one unlocked hub would cause pulling big time but thought maybe it would be bearable. Wanted to go cheap but sometimes just have to bite the bullet and spend the cash.
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Old August 9th, 2013, 08:22 AM   #23
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Never noticed my lunchbox on the road with a live front axle. When in 4wd, you obviously have to know that if you're on the gas, both front tires were going to spin......drive accordingly.
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Old August 9th, 2013, 08:28 AM   #24
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I Would Not DD Something With A Spool In The Front.
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Ok. Would a Spartan lunchbox locker be as bad as a spool? Never had any type of locker in the front that's why I'm asking. Don't have the extra cash to spend on an arb.
I drove with a lock right in the front of a TJ with no locking hubs for a couple of winters without issue. I rarely went into 4wd on road. The times I drove in 4wd on road it was through deep snow so it didn't bother me at all.

In 2wd, it didn't do much besides make clicking noises.

Based on my experience, the sparty will be fine.
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My aussie wasn't audible from inside the vehicle, my lockrite definitely was/is.
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Old August 9th, 2013, 08:55 AM   #26
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I mostly noticed mine in the summer when running without doors.
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i have powerlocks in my dana 60 front and rear for last 25 years and the truck was my daily drive with 35 tsl and 39.5, drove just fine. there is nothing that works on ice! I have never seen snow deep enough in the roads to stop a trucks in years. you can even get true track and put in the front. those are clutch type pois.
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Old August 11th, 2013, 07:31 PM   #28
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i ran a detroit ez locker in the front of my tj.
i ran 2wd in the snow, till i could not move anymore.
then 4wd to get it moving.
it was far from ideal, but worked.
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I drove with a lock right in the front of a TJ with no locking hubs for a couple of winters without issue. I rarely went into 4wd on road. The times I drove in 4wd on road it was through deep snow so it didn't bother me at all.

In 2wd, it didn't do much besides make clicking noises.

Based on my experience, the sparty will be fine.
I almost posted a couple pics but decided against it.
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Old August 12th, 2013, 09:50 PM   #30
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I run a spooled 60 front in my K5 and it sucks trying to turn from a stand still but once you get rolling you can't even tell its locked in turn normal. But like I said does suck from a stand still!
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i have powerlocks in my dana 60 front and rear for last 25 years and the truck was my daily drive with 35 tsl and 39.5, drove just fine. there is nothing that works on ice! I have never seen snow deep enough in the roads to stop a trucks in years. you can even get true track and put in the front. those are clutch type pois.
I would say trutrac it's a gleason torsen style posi with no clutches and only gears to wear out and that makes it very strong
But it is still just a posi offload
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my k5 is spooled in front and could not even turn in trails with both locked,great for straight driving,when street driving and i had to use 4wd would only lock right front to get me goin and would pull like crazy and would rather pull me to side of road then oncoming traffic lol i would go with a locker or posi if i were to do it over just my 2 cents
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I've tried it, didn't like it. A locker of any type/brand is the way to go.
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back when I had my d44, I ran a lockrite in it, left the hubs locked during the winter and then could just shift on the fly into 4wd when needed. never any issues driving with it.
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I was just about to try welding a front myself but picked up a front lockright for cheap. I put about 100,000 miles on my old XJ with a front locker (no lockouts) and has been said only clicked in 2wd. Loved it in snow, it would lock up and pull me through anything.

As for welding, since you have lockout hubs, go for it. If you don't like it buy a locker later.

IMO the hot ticket would be a detroit, lockright or sparty in front with a selectable in the rear for street manners in 2wd. Although I've never been a fan of any selectable locker. Just about every time I'm about to try one on one of my builds I go on a run where I see them fail.

So, my cheap ass has stayed with welded rears and locked fronts till now.
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