Why not spool(or weld) it and just use hubs to defeat the hard steering effects on the road? /wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif It won't make a rats arse offroad (unless your a rock crawler). It's really pretty simple.
Vintage Jeeps(ters) have Character,
new Jeeps just have payments.
I was planning on running a spool in the front also, but after talking to a few different friends and being advised against it as well has having the guys from Randy's Ring and Pinion tell me it was a bad idea I opted for the Lockrite. All of this stuff came yesterday from Randy's. Top notch stuff and well packaged can wait to get it in.
I do the same thing every weekend, its just the location where I do it that changes!
My CJ5 had a lockrite and it was great, a buddy I wheel with has a pretty much identical setup except his is welded in the front. When we are out wheeling we do three point turns in all the same places. If a locker is locked you have the same turning radius as a spool or welded.
ROLLED The 74 CJ5, so I am now building a 78 CJ7
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"what is the reasoning for not using a licoln locked front with appropriate use of hubs?"
convenience. not having to take the seatbelt off, unlock a hub, get in, put on seatbelt, take off seatbelt, lock hub, get in, put on seatbelt... just turn the wheel and let the locker unlock as you turn.
A twin stick will help a bunch with a spool up front, or for that matter with a locker up front on slickrock. Where we wheel it is all slickrock, and turning all locked up is a real b*tch. I'm going to make a twinstick one of these days using an extra shifter, but you can buy one for a little over a hundred dollars. The other expensive alternative is an air locker.
i had a buddy with a welded front and i was running a detroit in the front of my old dana44 and he definately couldn't turn as well as i could. he had a real problem with it na dthat is why i don't recomend it. weld the rear and spend the $$$ and get a full detroit for the front. they are bullet proof.
80 cj5 "high 5"
stretched to 100" wb
Lock-Right and twin stick all the way. I have LRs all around with a axle disco and it was still hard to turn in 4H or 4L. I put in a Tera 2low kit (similar effect as twin stick) when I did my SYE and it's night and day now. I can drive through the woods now without wearing the ground down.
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