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Old February 11th, 2008, 06:11 PM   #1
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Does anyone run a welded diff on a daily driver? If you do, or have, how do you like it, and what don't you like about it. Does anyone notice a whole lot more tire wear than with a locker? Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old February 11th, 2008, 08:11 PM   #2
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Old February 11th, 2008, 08:49 PM   #3
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Old February 11th, 2008, 09:17 PM   #4
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Old February 11th, 2008, 09:18 PM   #5
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i welded my 35, and it works great.
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Old February 11th, 2008, 09:20 PM   #6
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i welded my 35, and it works great.
is it youre DD?
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Old February 11th, 2008, 09:25 PM   #7
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Old February 11th, 2008, 09:27 PM   #8
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awesome, do you like it? and why not just go with well anything ealse?
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Old February 11th, 2008, 09:32 PM   #9
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awesome, do you like it? and why not just go with well anything ealse?
i love it, never had any problems. why would i need something else?
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Old February 11th, 2008, 11:14 PM   #10
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well its fine if you like it and all, it just seems that for a DD its a little over kill and a pain in the ass
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Old February 11th, 2008, 11:28 PM   #11
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Why the Duke Boys did. and they jumped the shit out of there DD.
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It depends on which rear end your running, and how hardcore you are. I've ran 3 dd's with welded rears. If you do a lot of city driving I would save up for a locker. I wouldn't weld a semi floater (dana 35, 44, 10 bolt, ect) in a dd just for the fact that if you break a shaft you don't want your tire to jump ship. If you've got a full floater (14 bolt, dana 60,70) and dont mind the extra tire wear, its a good cheap alternative. But both rear wheels are ALWAYS turning together.
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Old February 12th, 2008, 06:54 PM   #13
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33s and welded in the back of my samurai, can barely tell it is. I'd DD a welded axle over a locked one any day. At least welded ones are real predictable in the corners.
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Old February 13th, 2008, 02:32 PM   #14
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33s and welded in the back of my samurai, can barely tell it is. I'd DD a welded axle over a locked one any day. At least welded ones are real predictable in the corners.
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the key here is predictability especially if u have a manual trans. You pretty much always konw what a weld locked rear is gonna do, ratchet locker not so much


** to add, the two times Ive seen an axle break while on the STREET were both using lock-rite style ratcheting lockers
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Old February 13th, 2008, 03:08 PM   #15
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Just weld it already...don't be a pussy.
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Old February 13th, 2008, 03:40 PM   #16
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I found a pretty good deal on an explorer 8.8" that is welded. I am pretty sure that i am going to go in that direction, at least for now. Thanks for the help
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Old February 16th, 2008, 12:44 AM   #17
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Old February 25th, 2008, 11:38 PM   #18
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How much more accelerated is the tire wear with a spool/welded, than a locker?
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Old February 26th, 2008, 12:05 AM   #19
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ive put many miles on welded rears. ive never had any issues. it might be a little hairy in a real short wheelbase in the winter. i loved the welded 35 in my shortbox commanche, always predictable, always had traction. it also no longer broke spiders all the time. once you drive a locked rear end for a while, you will notice that a very large portion of your turns will be upon acceleration, when a locker is locked. the only time a locker really helps is if you coast through turns. your not supposed to coast through turns anyway, you are supposed to be slowed down and accelerate through the corner, rendering your locker useless anyway. weld it, you can always put a limited slip in later if you dont like it.
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Old February 26th, 2008, 01:18 AM   #20
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Depends on your tires.

I ran a welded rear for a few weeks with 33 AT's. It was retarded loud in tight turns. My 36' SX's don't make much noise with a weldeded rear.
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