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Re: H8monday, OBA advice.
The ARB's are brutaly strong as long as they are in a strong axle. They got a bad rap when so many people were running them in D35 which would tear themselves along with the ARB apart due to flexing. I would not run an ARB in the rear, I like the Detroit, its as reliable as gravity. The rear does the lions share of the work, so by using an ARB you dont tear up your steering linkage, front U joints, or overheat your PS pump when you dont need to. The ARB when disengaged does not try to drag the front end in a straight line when your trying to turn on rock with 4 lbs of air in your tires. I used to have to fight all the time with a Detroit in the front just maintaining a line choice, (most of the time unsuccessfully). My ARB has been extremely reliable in the front except for one time when a branch lodged itself in my steering durring a river crossing, and ripped the hose from the diff. I now run a stronger stainless line and improved fittings at the housing.
There are more than one way to skin a cat, but I would not exchange the Detroit rear, ARB front for any other combo. It would be nice if ARB made a competition version, that was locked normaly and unlocked with air, just in case you lost your air source.
Welding your front will put a lot of stress on your D30, but you will love it, on climbs and obstacles that dont require tight turning with no forward motion. Still I wouldnt recomend it, the D30 is a decent axle, but you will give it a premature death if pushed hard while welded.
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