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Old September 30th, 2011, 06:52 AM   #1
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hey guys,
I know this topic has been kinda covered alot but I was hoping for some build specific opinions. Some background - my rig is a jeep Comanche 4.0 auto and my plans are to do front and rear 60's this winter. My questions are about the front, I got one of the dodge 60's with disconnect because my idea was to use a cable selector for it and spool the front and basically have a selectable locker. being that its going under such a light vehicle I dont foresee any breakage problems. after some research I found that a 30spline spool is 250-300 bucks compared to like 150 for the 35 spline. i thought that was ridiculous for A spool! so my question is if i were to weld the front do you guys think it would be strong enough? gears will be 5.13 - 5.38's, tires will be 37-40's. i do do street driving with this truck but with the shaft dis engaged that shouldnt matter? I also plan on using a ratcheting locker in the rear, anyone have any experience with these on the road? or should i go with a better locker?thanks in advance!
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Old September 30th, 2011, 07:04 AM   #2
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lets say you weld the front and use the axle discounect,,,,,,,,, your drivers side tire will still spin your carrier, then your drive shaft will be spinning all the time.
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Old September 30th, 2011, 07:22 AM   #3
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You would be far better off with an ARB and solid/non disco shafts.
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Old September 30th, 2011, 07:47 AM   #4
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Use an axle with lockouts
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Old September 30th, 2011, 09:10 AM   #5
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You can convert your axle to lock outs with parts from a dana 50 ttb. Use the spindles out and 78-79 d60 rotors and your calipers will work. then you have lock outs also if you want to do the welded route. I have been running welded front and rear in 2 different rigs for 6+ years with no issues. With a lot more motor than you have.
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i have made adaptors to be able to put ford unit bearings on the dodge knucle and use stock brakes.
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beejers - my current setup is a HP D30 with an aussie and my driveshaft always spins so thats not really an issue just the mpg factor but im obviously not trying to build a economy car

fullsize - i thought about doing the conversion but i really like not having to get out to lock and unlock my hubs? the shift on the fly is so nice compared to my fullsize. is it really that much better?
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Stronger i think. Better in my eyes yes, in others no. I like lock outs or drive flanges. My point was if you dont want things spinning while driving with a welded front that is an option.
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Old September 30th, 2011, 09:41 PM   #9
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I have a 30 spline eaton e locker I will give you a hell of a deal on. It has 200 miles on it and all brand new in the package wiring. Pm me if you are interested in it.
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Using a Spool with an "disco'd axle shaft" does not give you a selectable

It just turns your 4WD into 3 Wheel Peel.
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