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Old August 8th, 2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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Who has driven a welded or spooled front axle in the snow? Thinking about welding or throwing a spool in my 60 and leaving one hub unlocked in the snow but have heard it pulls like crazy. Anyone have experience with this?
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Old August 8th, 2013, 11:56 AM   #2
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Who has driven a welded or spooled front axle in the snow? Thinking about welding or throwing a spool in my 60 and leaving one hub unlocked in the snow but have heard it pulls like crazy. Anyone have experience with this?
Welded with one locked is dumb.

You only get power to that one side so it will always pull that direction.

Locked, without it being selectable on the front, isn't good for street driving.


You didn't really state what you are trying to do, i had to take a guess that you want to drive it on the street since you are talking about leaving one unlocked.
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Yeah I should have mentioned its my daily driver in the winter so I will be street driving. I've heard lockers are terrible in the snow that's why I thought unlocking one hub would help... Would a spartan locker have ok road manners in the snow?
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A lot better than fully locked.

You still have to re learn how to drive. As when you get in the gas, the front will lock and be s totally different beast
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Driving with a locked front end sucks balls in the winter. Period.
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I'd like to try it. Probably just leave one hub unlocked.
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I'd like to try it. Probably just leave one hub unlocked.
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Oh so I must be the only one to try it huh. Sure.
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Have you tried it? I'm asking for experience from trying it.
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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.
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Yeah I should have mentioned its my daily driver in the winter so I will be street driving. I've heard lockers are terrible in the snow that's why I thought unlocking one hub would help... Would a spartan locker have ok road manners in the snow?






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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.

For the second time, not as bad as a spool. Will have different road manners than open.

Have you ever felt torque steer from gunning it in a front wheel drive car? Take that plus not allowing the wheels to spin at different rates makes one forcibly break traction while turning. This is manageable in the rear axle, you just get the chirp and wear tires faster.

Do this in the front and you're going to be fighting the thing every time you are engaged in the front.

I'm sorry I'm not giving you the answer you want. Go ahead and do it if you feel like you need to.
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I didn't see your reply about the lunch box locker. And I don't need to be talked to like I'm a fucking idiot. I'm asking for opinions.
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I didn't see your reply about the lunch box locker. And I don't need to be talked to like I'm a fucking idiot. I'm asking for opinions.
Everyone said don't do it. Those were their opinions...
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Sounds good to me.
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Sounds like a bad idea so I guess I'll just save for an arb.
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Didn't look to me like he was talking like you were an idiot. He gave you his answer and backed it up with reasonable explanations. And for the record, I agree with him.
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Didn't look to me like he was talking like you were an idiot. He gave you his answer and backed it up with reasonable explanations. And for the record, I agree with him.
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I dd mine and live in the snow belt. Welded front and rear and fucking love it wheeling anywhere, as long as you have good steering to push your tires around. With the 40s I had to unlock one hub to steer ing the tight trails, and yes it does pull being only one tire spins but you learn to drive it like anything else. Now on the street I'm always unlocked hubs wise in the front, with locked rear no need for 4wd on the street, sure its a little swirly in the snow but again you learn to drive with it or you just don't do it. And granted tires is a big part of the equation as well as my 40 GH sucked donkey dick in 2wd on flat ground in snow(uncut) but my irocks brings the win and I plan to get another set of iroks as they are the shit in all the terrin I see. I also plan to continue with the welded rear, as more pros then cons to me on the rear, the front I would do it again but if had the money and patience I would do a selectable locker as the pros out ways a welded front all day just involves more green bills.
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Thanks everybody for the opinions.
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