Auto hubs grinding! Manual conversion?
My truck is a 1990 full size Bronco, with stock front D44 parts. Unfortunately it has auto hubs, which I think crapped out on me this weekend. I was out wheeling at hollister hills here in California, when I heard this grinding, clunking noise out of the front axle. I was in 4 low climbing a hill and had to back down after the noise. I shifted in and out of 4low a couple of times to see if I could pinpoint a problem. I then drove around a little more in 4Low and the front tires were noe being driven(I got stuck by burying the rear end in 4Low) When my friend was pulling me out I heard this clunk noise again and suddenly the front tires started spinning. I am pretty sure it is a problem with the front hubs. Rather then try and fix I think I will just swap to manuals. What brand of hubs do you guys think are the best for quality, completeness, ease of install, etc... Also I am considering a solid axle swap in the future, which makes me wonder if the hubs could swap to a 78-79 solid D44? Thanks for any input.