Re: Lock-o-Matic Hubs Explained
Budd - You may not have hubs that disconnect - it may be the original set-up.
Locking/unlocking hubs were put on by the dealer, not factory installed, as I recall. Warn and several others were doing great selling aftermarket stuff the factory didn't offer.
There were probably near a dozen different companies making lock-out hubs then, all competing for the business.
I had an old Wagon that didn't have lockout hubs till I put them on. The hub looked like a flat plate bolted on. The inner side of the plate had splines that slid over the axle splines, connecting the axle to the hub - simple.
The wheels were connected to the axles all the time.
I know for certain that at least some of the so-called "Automatic" hubs did not work in reverse. I was with a guy that had them, we slid off the muddy trail into a bad spot. I had to climb out and hang over a cliff to reach them to flip them to "Lock" so he could back up. Not fun. Seems like they were Warn, but could have been something else. They simply had a one-way spraque clutch in them, I had them apart later.
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