IFS Lockers & Gears?
I talked to a counter guy at Four Wheel Parts Wholesellers yesterday about a couple of goodies for my ZR2Y2K Blazer. I've raised it 2" with the Perf. Accessories lift and fitted 33s and raised the transfer case 1"--custom 1/4" skid plates are work-in-process as I type this. The ZR2 came with 3.73s, but it looks like the switch to 33s will require a gear change to 3.97 or so to get back to stock--4.10 is better and common (or so I thought).
Since I tow and wheel, moving to 4.10s seemed like a good idea, and I figured I'd lock both ends and do everything at once (ARB in the 10 bolt rear and Lock Right up front). So far so good?
The guy tells me: 1) there are no gears available for the front diff.; and 2) the diff. is too weak to handle a locker. He said that someone did make 4.10 gears up until a couple of years ago, but they don't anymore. I'm wondering if this is true, and if it is, it seems like someone may have an inventory somewhere, perhaps. The gearing isn't that big a deal, but it would be nice to be lower geared than higher.
Does anyone have any info on availability of 7.2 IFS gear sets?
The bigger issue that I can't figure out is what he told me about the strength if the diff and tie rod. He said that a front locker will bend the tie rod because it's the only thing holding the cv joints in check. This doesn't make sense to me. On a normal straight axle housing, the spindle is held by an upper and lower ball joint the same as an a-arm setup. I don't see why an IFS would be weaker. Not only that, but the tie rod has the idler-arm that would only serve to make the whole thing stronger than a typical straight axle.
Does anyone has any first-hand experience with a front IFS locker?
With the knowledge that floats around on this board, I figured this might be a good place to check--hopefully someone here has experience with a front locker and IFS and/or gearing. Thanks for listening and for the knowledge you guys have shared with me so far....