Auto-locking Hubs, Brand ID
I took apart the front of the Bronco for the first time (for me). One Auto-locking Hub was a brand-x unit. I was wondering if anybody has one of these, to help me identify it:
a) The cover cap has 3 Torx screws, rather than the 5 of the Ford unit.
b) With the cover off, you see one big cylindrical chunk of aluminum, that sticks out about all the way to the cover. Can see nothing else, but the wire locking ring holding it in.
c) The wire locking ring had no tangs to grab onto (although maybe it had something once and broke off, don't know.
d) Inside, none of the typical Ford stuff (2 Locking nuts that use the special 4-prong socket, and the round lock ring with holes for pin on inner nut to fit into) were there.
e) Instead of the parts listed in (d), there was a threaded sleeve that acted like a nut, with a little half-turn of a circle lock to fit into keyway on the Spindle.
f) Another chunk of stuff (brake band, ring with ramps on it, another ring that can rotate some) fits between the threaded sleeve and the gear-tooth washer and C-ring that locks to the Stub Axle. This stuff is what drives the Inner Body locked on the Stub Axle Splines, outward into the big Outer Body described in (b), to Lock the Inner and Outer Bodies together when in 4WD.
Does any of this sound familiar? Who makes it?
I'm going to keep Auto-Locking, and have had no trouble with it (but it took me many hours to get that @#%#@ locking wire ring out, with no tangs on it!)
I though of putting in a Ford one, but $236 cost from the local blue oval took care of that thought!
Would like to know who makes this thing. Made wheel bearing adjustment real interesting. Nothing to grab onto to pre-seat the bearings!