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Old December 23rd, 2011, 12:40 AM   #1
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Well I am looking to lincoln lock the rear axle of my 79 cherokee chief s. Its got the 360, t18, Dana 20 and 44s front and rear. My question is not how to weld it but if you think it will hold up. I've had several other true lockers in front and rear axles but never had a welded axle in as long a wheelbase as this. Btw I'm running 35-17.5-15 tires. This is a rough budget wheeler and I'm having more fun with it than my past fancy rigs, but really miss at least one axle being locked. Thanks in advance.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 05:42 AM   #2
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google search fozzy locker
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 11:53 AM   #3
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Tough question and it depends on how you drive and what you wheel on. I'm sure it could easily hold up if you wanted it too and you knew when to use the throttle. I'm also sure you could break it if you wanted too to. If you do end up breaking, stock replacement axles aren't that expensive or you could buy stronger shafts.
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Ok, thx. Biggest fear was the width of tire with locked rear

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Tough question and it depends on how you drive and what you wheel on. I'm sure it could easily hold up if you wanted it too and you knew when to use the throttle. I'm also sure you could break it if you wanted too to. If you do end up breaking, stock replacement axles aren't that expensive or you could buy stronger shafts.
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I've run both and a locker will end up saving $ if you spend any amount on blacktop, welded rears on pavement are $ squealing away. Not to mention gets a little irritating.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 07:16 PM   #6
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Well I can tell you new superior alloy shafts are $202.00 each from DTS for the rear so if you break it that is where you will be.
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Old December 24th, 2011, 12:43 AM   #7
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mini spool dont weld it, you weaken the metal when you apply heat like that. I recommend using the mini spool over this any day and its cheap.http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Dana-44-...item336f996c74 $63.
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Old December 24th, 2011, 02:04 AM   #8
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i got a welded 3.92 and up 44 diff $40.00. im in brownstown daily, and could meet u there.
pm me if you want to. then you can save your normal diff in case you hate the welded version.
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 02:49 AM   #9
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if you weld yours i would say go with the fozzy locker version...this way you are only filling in the open secftions of the gears....google it you will see lots of pics...i have run this style and know a few who do also and i would say the best way ...also if you decide to go back all you have to do is replace the spider/side gears and not the whold carrier...
plus it does give a little bit..key word little..in my opnion it is easier on things over welding the hell out of everything anf the only heat added during welding is to the spider gears in a small spot rather that how people usually weld them
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 02:54 AM   #10
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well if ya plan to keep in off road weld it up but as soon as you hit pavment an start making corners your gonna eventualy bust it
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 04:06 AM   #11
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You don't wheel anyway so it doesn't matter.
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Old January 3rd, 2012, 09:50 AM   #12
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You've got a real good point! Now shut up and come north so we can go!

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I have my 8.8 welded, its on pavement more then dirt and i drive the hell out of it on and off road. Wears down tires real quick tho.... and gets annoying as hell
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I sent you a text. I can't wait to see your rig parked not wheeling.
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Its only a 44 carrier I have 2 or 3 in the garage weld it up and have fun. I have ran them before mainly in Cjs only part I didn't like was pulling into the gas station
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I sent you a text. I can't wait to see your rig parked not wheeling.
No text received. I call bs. You're afraid of my open/open chief.
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Danimal has been running a welded/spool combo in his Chief for at least two-three years now and it's holding up so far with 37's and a bit of regular road usage. But he wheels like old people screw so.....

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Danimal has been running a welded/spool combo in his Chief for at least two-three years now and it's holding up so far with 37's and a bit of regular road usage. But he wheels like old people screw so.....

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