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You can take a welded diff out too Joel....../wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif You don't wan't anything welded to the housing or your tires will not move...../wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif Problem with weled diffs is that if the weld is not strong you might bust it, then there is a 90% chance your ring and pinion gears will be toast too. The guys I know love spools, cheap and strong. I am welding my rear diff this weekend, if I like it in the Jeepster, in goes a spool. You only can get a full spool for the D44, no mini spools availible that I have seen. Front is a no no. There is also another way of welding the diff that has been great for some people on the ORC SWB called a "fozzy locker" search it. They just fill in some of the spider gear teeth, not welding them together, that way you have 3" or so of movement in the rear axles before they lock up solid just like a Detriot, but this is free.

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70 Jeepster with "Hurc package"
225 V-6/SM420/D18, D44's locked 4.88, 8" SOA 36's
48 flattie 225 V-6 HEI/T14/D20, D30/D44 31's.
98 Tacoma EC V6, 2" lift, 33's, and NO swaybar /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif
 

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New spider gears are cheaper than a spool in the first place. /wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif

John
70 Jeepster with "Hurc package"
225 V-6/SM420/D18, D44's locked 4.88, 8" SOA 36's
48 flattie 225 V-6 HEI/T14/D20, D30/D44 31's.
98 Tacoma EC V6, 2" lift, 33's, and NO swaybar /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif
 

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Carrier:$50 + Spiders: $50 = $100
Spool:$200
Plus ya got to do all the gear setup on the spool.
Told ya so...../wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif

John
70 Jeepster with "Hurc package"
225 V-6/SM420/D18, D44's locked 4.88, 8" SOA 36's
48 flattie 225 V-6 HEI/T14/D20, D30/D44 31's.
98 Tacoma EC V6, 2" lift, 33's, and NO swaybar /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif
 

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The lead locker sounds pretty freaky, diffs get hot ya know...... /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif Soft metal too. JB weld? /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif I am pulling my carrier to do my lincoln locker, I don't care to fry my pinion bearings. Might try the fozzy setup, we will see.

John
70 Jeepster with "Hurc package"
225 V-6/SM420/D18, D44's locked 4.88, 8" SOA 36's
48 flattie 225 V-6 HEI/T14/D20, D30/D44 31's.
98 Tacoma EC V6, 2" lift, 33's, and NO swaybar /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif
 

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The heat is what worried me, I guess a fozzy locker would make less heat. I am using a big old 240V Lincoln arc welder, I don't think my MIG will make a weld that is strong enough. So no bearing problems Lenny? Hmmmm.... shoot, might just leave that sucker in there then during welding. What welder? Your welds? /wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif Kidding........

John
70 Jeepster with "Hurc package"
225 V-6/SM420/D18, D44's locked 4.88, 8" SOA 36's
48 flattie 225 V-6 HEI/T14/D20, D30/D44 31's.
98 Tacoma EC V6, 2" lift, 33's, and NO swaybar /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif
 

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Alright, Hurc has the official lincoln fozzy locker as of this afternoon. It is sooooooo coooooool. /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif Just having the axle on jackstands and seeing the wheels lock up is just a whole new experience that is just sweet! The tires turn about 1/8 of a rotation before locking in solid, and everything looks prettty strong. We cleaned up the diff real good, then filled in three teeth on the spider gears (top and bottom ones) with the 230 amp arc welder, I ran out of gas for my MIG, and the MIG was throwing more splatter than the ARC, so we used it. I got it all cleaned back up now, all is good, and it is back under the Jeep awaiting oil and a driveshaft to spin the sucker. I plan on firing up the York compressor and blowing it out real good too just in case. We had never seen pics of this before, so we guessed on where to weld and such, I hope it works! Thankfully we had the ARC welder, we were welding the front spring perch on the cast part of the diff housing with some nickel rod on full 230 amps, lots of heat!! My buddy said that is how we needed to do it so the cast could bond properly. Whatever. Now he wants to put a 4 link on the rear....... I am also putting disc brakes on the rear axle as well, I am trying to get that done this week, fitting the rotors eats up time and grinding wheels like crazy, my weld on caliper brackets should be here this week. Lots of new toys on the Jeep...

John
70 Jeepster with "Hurc package"
225 V-6/SM420/D18, D44's locked 4.88, 8" SOA 36's
48 flattie 225 V-6 HEI/T14/D20, D30/D44 31's.
98 Tacoma EC V6, 2" lift, 33's, and NO swaybar /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif
 
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