I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Front Locker???
Yes, it is that much harder to steer. I know Max will chime in on this one, so I'll leave that ride with him alone and let him explain it.
I know it's quite a conversion for a Zuki transfer to have 2WD Low, but that really is the best. On the jeeps we do what's called a twin stick conversion, where we can shift the front and rear axles in and out easily and at any time. Even with power steering it's difficult to turn the front end with a locker, and no one I know (driving ANY rig) has welded the front. The twin stick conversion is a very cool feature, but also a necessity on the drivetrain parts. Aside from steering hard, a locked front magnifies the stresses and strains across the drivetrain components. I have seen people cut the wheel to take a turn on dry dirt and blow a U-joint. The birfields are weaker than the U-joint design, so I can't imagine what it'll do to them. Geoff is right, with 2wd low it's easy to turn because it unpowers the front, where the locker will rachet around the corner, it only locks up fully under power. This won't happen with it welded, it'll be hard to turn no matter what.
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled, It's a Jeep, Chevy, IHC kinda thing!
'88.5 Zuki, 5" Calmini, Locked, Swamped, Rolled, and just generally broken in right!