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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:20 PM   #1
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Default Looking for opinions on front diff, now with pic of diff in question

Thinking about welding my front diff in my bronco. It has a d60 front and rear. Rear will be welded. What do you guys run? If you have a welded front how do you like it? I weld for a living so im not worried about that. Just worried about steering. Im going to put hydro assist on later this year. Oh and my motor makes about 500 hp and i run 38 tsl's and will have 5.13 gears in about a week.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:21 PM   #2
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:22 PM   #3
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i personally wouldn't weld a front.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:25 PM   #4
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I would only weld the front on a trailer queen that only gets trailered to the Badlands, Harlan, Tellico, etc.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:26 PM   #5
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I don't think it is a good idea for a trail truck. I have some friends that did it in mud boggers and didn't like it. others put up with the bad steering and turning. I think having hydro would make it a lot better.

I think the best way to weld them is slowly and on the spiders only. If you don't like it, just get new spiders and your back to the way it was before.

I heard that the best way to weld them is just weld the valleys in the gears in between where they mesh so that they still move a little. not sure if that is the best way or not.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:29 PM   #6
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i welded the front on mine and i will never do that again it is a pain in the ass. im going to run an arb up front now.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:37 PM   #7
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I would only weld the front on a trailer queen that only gets trailered to the Badlands, Harlan, Tellico, etc.
ya not here! but i will do it on my free-b it's guna be real shitty but none of my vac lines will will pull through the rust from sitting for 7 years!
i put a no slip inthe front of my dd and that kinda sucked too! even when in 2wd it would catch and i would have to make a six point turn.





that said a locker in the front and back kicks MEGA ASS! it depends on how you drive or want to go.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:38 PM   #8
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Personally, I would stay away from it...

If money not involved, go ARB.

If worried about money (which is prolly the case if you're considering welding), I'd say go Lockrite. If you bust an axle, a lockrite won't neccessarily blow up as well like Detroits seem to do due to the shock load. And the cost isn't too bad.

Hydro assist at least would be very important if you want to make a welded front work and not tear your hair out.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:44 PM   #9
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I had a lock rite in my 44 and it was junk. detroit is to much money right now. I got a spair set of shafts and hubs. Just want traction in the front. Rear will be a nobrainer to weld that as this truck is a wheeler not a trailer queen. I do drive it to the dunes and around very little.
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I had a lock rite in my 44 and it was junk. detroit is to much money right now. I got a spair set of shafts and hubs. Just want traction in the front. Rear will be a nobrainer to weld that as this truck is a wheeler not a trailer queen. I do drive it to the dunes and around very little.
if you have spares DO IT! let us (me) know how it goes!
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:50 PM   #11
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ive always locked them instead of weld them in the front... mini spool at the least man.. the 60 you wont loose any money on when you put a locker in it so its worth the wait for the money for a locker..
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ive always locked them instead of weld them in the front... mini spool at the least man.. the 60 you wont loose any money on when you put a locker in it so its worth the wait for the money for a locker..
when are you the voice of reason?
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im welded in the front.
i like it, the turning sucks but not having to worry about killing another lockright and knowing for sure its going to be locked every time is worth it for me
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when are you the voice of reason?
when he is lieing about what he has owned
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:56 PM   #15
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sory, wen r u the voise of reeson?
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:58 PM   #17
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damnit! feel free to hit me with a fish fish boy!
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Old July 6th, 2007, 09:00 PM   #18
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Talk to Icebreaker, he has a welded fron in his early bronco on 38.5s...
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Old July 6th, 2007, 09:04 PM   #19
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i've welded the front in an 89 Waggy on 35's, and my YJ on 39.5's.

I love the traction. But steering on tight trails is a pain. I normally wheel with only the passenger side locked in, and then if I have issues get out and lock the drivers side. I wish I had a selectable but i'm cheap. This works, and given the slight headache of constantly locking/ unlocking hubs it's not too bad
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Old July 6th, 2007, 09:07 PM   #20
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I welded the front of mine. The biggest problem is the poor turning radius. I've got a short wheel base so it's not to bad. The power steering pump also hates it. But when I'm not wheeling I just unlock a hub.
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