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Re: Are my axles strong enough?
Well, popular opinion says no you should'nt lock up a ten bolt. And you found an ARB for the 8.25 IFS diff?? Just my two cents but thats a disaster waiting to happen. From the searching I have done, there is no real way to beef up the cheesy stock components. The front diff case is aluminum, and I have seen several of them bust when unlocked. Most often they shatter as soon as you catch traction to both wheels.... After I purchased my first set of mud tires, I found that I had to completely change my wheeling habits with them, because I could feel the shake in the drivetrain when they spun then suddenly grabbed traction... I have been lucky so far I suppose.
Back to your question... if I were you, I would locate at least a 14bolt SF axle for the rear of your truck and lock it up. That should hold up well for a long time... The front axle works fairly well unlocked (at least in my experience it has... check out the pics on my website and you can see what I put my truck through...). Regardless, and I know you dont want to hear it from yet another person, but SFA is really the only way to gain any kind of wheeling worthy strength and reliability for hardcore - locked up - wheeling. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]