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front locker -leave one hub unlocked?

I have found that I cant turn my rig on a certain trail[sharp downhill turn with gulley] at the Badlands.I cant ever hit it right so ,my question is can I run with one hub unlocked and which side would you recommend doing this to.I will be a trail guide/medic at the Ramsey competition and I was given the trail that I cant turn on.So until the P/S gets done,will leaving one hub unlocked work?thanks,RR

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Re: front locker -leave one hub unlocked?

I don't see why it wouldn't, but I don't know if it can cause any problems down the road.

I would say unlock the driver's side. That way you can just hop out really easy and lock it if you need to.


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Re: front locker -leave one hub unlocked?

<font color=blue>I would actually leave the passenger side locked if your going to do it, it is the shorter shaft so it should be a little stronger.

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Re: front locker -leave one hub unlocked?

Rick, you have a couple options available beyond unlocking one hub. Either get a panhard bar or do a 2wd low range mod to your t-case rods or both. As you know I did the pink trail with Porter, Pollack and couple guys from Oklahoma. I have both mods and found that with the panhard bar I could make turns in 4wd that they simply couldnt even think of. Having the 2wd low mod will allow you to stay in a crawling ratio while you make maneuvers slowly. And since you have a front LOCKER and not a welded diff, it will simply unlock when you do the turns in 2wd. Remember those times at the Badlands run for the Fab Fest when I came across my CB and said "Dang, I just did that in 2wd!"? Well, that was because I put her in 2wd low for some of those easy spots that have a lot of turns and then forgot to put her back in 4wd for a hill climb. hehe My website has an article up describing the mod, along with pictures.

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Re: front locker -leave one hub unlocked?

actually I disagree(from my point of view) I have only broke two birfields both were the short shaft. I think it has to do with the lack of torsion action on the shaft itself because it is shorter.

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Re: front locker -leave one hub unlocked?

Yeah, but I've seen a few (including mine) that twisted the splines off in the diff. Always the long side I've seen.

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Re: front locker -leave one hub unlocked?

Yep YT, I have a friend that ALWAYS twisted the splines...go figure. I was just saying from my point of view.

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Re: front locker -leave one hub unlocked?

Anyway we look at it, the entire front axle is a weak link. My philosophy? Understand it's limits, respect it and wheel carefully. Use more precision, and less power.

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Ditto

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Re: front locker -leave one hub unlocked?

Rangerrick try this first. Come to a complete stop turn your wheels the direction you want to go then start again and blurp the throttle. It works almost everytime for me. With the wheels turns and that torque you apply will unlock your locker. Hope this helps.

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