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Just yesterday, I ordered front and rear 4.56 gears for my '94 YJ Sahara. I really can't afford a locker right now and I only plan on going wheeling about 5~10 times a year.. I'm running 33" tires and have a winch, so is the locker, lim. slip, really necessary??

Should I blow the extra $400 on a Tru-track or a locker now, or can I put a locker in later?? I have a friend of a friend that sets differentials so the labor is no big deal for me, I just want some opinions of what others have done or would do....

The biggest thing keeping me from buying a lim slip, or locker is the possibility of getting the Super 35 kit which comes with a locker and beefs up the rear, but that wouldn't be for a year or two... I would swap a 44 in, but that is WAY too much $$$$...

Any guidance on what others have done when they replaced their gears would be really helpful...


Steve

1994 YJ Sahara
 
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It is possible to four wheel without a locker, despite what everyone reads in the mags. You can add a lock rite or equivelent locker later without having to set up the gears again. In PA you're not exactly rock crawling, so I'd say wait until later if you want to.

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I run 33's and a V8 and open diffs. I try to go out trailing every weekend. I was going to buy a locker but I decided that swapping in a V8 for my knocking 4-cyl was a better bet, If I were you, I'd go for the Super 35 kit in the future instead of a limited slip. BTW, I don't even have a winch, I just don't go out alone much and I have NEVER had to have someone pull me out although I've come darn close. I think the big tires keep me unstuck most of the time.

Nick Hagen
1995 Wrangler
33" Mud Tires and a Chevy TBI 350
 
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I have the stock axles, Dana 30 and 35C with the stock 4-cylinder 4.10 gears. The four-banger I had was awesome off-road but the highway abuse along with infrequent oil changes, took it's toll on the lower end of the motor.

Nick Hagen
1995 Wrangler
33" Mud Tires and a Chevy TBI 350
 

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Steve,, your not crazy,/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif,, I think that learning to wheel with opens makes a better wheeler than one that gets out there with a very nicly equip. 4x4 and still has problems,,/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif or none. They don't learn the right lines and when something breaks,, now what. Do what you need for the money you have to spend now,, if you decide later that you want some sort of "traction" device, then spend the money,, as one post said earlier,, you don't have to set up the gears every time you open the case. I've been running 4.56 gears for years on the D30/35 axles with 33x12.50 tires over Az. trails (rocks). Had no problems yet. But I don't have the "c" clip axles either. Just my 2 cents /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif
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I went out with a 4-wheel-drive club last Sunday, and while I was one of the smallest Jeeps there (I've got a stock suspension and 31x10.5 Dueler MTs, there was one stocker with street tires and one guy with giant shackles and 31x12.50 Thornbirds) I really seemed to keep up with the boys running 33s, and even the occasional front locker. There was only one Jeep there with dual lockers, ARBs both. It was a new TJ with a 4" coil lift and 1" coil spacers. I think he had the stock axles, possibly a D44 rear option, and 4.10 gears running 33" tires. He just wouldn't put the pedal down though and got stuck with his tires clogged up. I was really surprised to see nobody running swampers, but these rigs were all daily drivers as well. There were quite a few Dunlop Mud Rovers, but they dont seem to clean out very well. A few Wild Track tires were in use and performed excellent, as did my Dueler MTs. A Grand Cherokee Limited with street tires showed up and amazed us all what some V-8 power can get through. I'm sure that cushy suspension lets him hit the holes a little harder too without regretting it the next day.... In a couple months though I'll be putting a pair of D44 with 4.10 gears and Detroit EZ-Lockers...my "learning the lines" time is almost over, and I can start getting really stuck now!

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