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Old 05-07-2010, 06:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Front spool

Would a front spool for daily driving be out of the question if running lock out hubs?
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Up to you. Do you really need to on a DD? I wouldn't unless you plan on some good 4x'in. If it's just a DD and 4x is just for winter roads I don't think a spooled front would be practical. If you're in 4x and come across some bare pavement on a corner steering can be challenging.
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I really hate the comment about only using one hub when you have a locker in the front on the road. IMHO, anyone who has actually tried that knows it sucks ass. So now.....

If your going to drive the truck on the street in conditions where you will be in spotty 4wd and 2wd areas all the time, then get an autolocker and lock both hubs when you need 4WD.

Now, If the ONLY time when you need 4wd on the street it's cause the SHTF and you really need 4wd then buy a spool and put that it, just don't use it on pavement AT ALL. Either full blown blizzard, no food for the baby, need to make a survival trip weather or no 4wd.
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I would say to get a selectable or limited-slip (like the Auburn )
as opposed to the spool. front spool is really hard to steer
on dry ground, and will stress the front axles a lot.....
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another thing to think about is that with a spool you will have to set up the back lash again and with a selectable you dont. there not much more than a spool anyway
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Appreciate the comments, although my question was more for curiosity than actual desire or intent. After seeing some run front spools in comps they now are turning to selectables for better handling.

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Old 05-10-2010, 07:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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bigsquat..how do you figure that with a selectable you dont have to set back last up again. both a full spool and ANY selectable locker will require fully setting up the ring and pinion again.

I dont DD my jeep, but it sees plenty of street time with a spool up front and locking hubs. this year we saw record snows in Va. a few snows over 12 inches, and one over 2 feet. so when i needed 4wd, i didn't give a rats ass about if it would handle ok in the snow, because at most i was doing 15MPH on the road. now with 2-3 inches of snow where you can go a little faster, it might not have been pleasant, but for me i love it.

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I really hate the comment about only using one hub when you have a locker in the front on the road. IMHO, anyone who has actually tried that knows it sucks ass. So now.....
i used to think the same thing till i seen a guy who had lockers in both his axles break one of his hubs in gooey mud. that none spinning wheel becomes like a anchor. he was running the same size tires as me and i have a locked back and open front and was doing way better then he was
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