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Anyone running rigs with welded "Lincoln Lockers", if so what do you think and how are they holding up.

I know of quite a few people that have welded up their difs in their LandCruisers and they work great, some serious trails with no failures. But I'd like to know how the mini difs will handle it.

I'm talking rock crawling, I don't do mud......
 

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Good luck so far with a welded front, but then I haven't seriously tested it yet (two runs; Bill Moore Lake, Holy Cross). I am just counting the days until something explodes.
 

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I got my rear welded about a year ago just before a snow run, man this thing works awsome, I would of never got as far as I did with out it. Its great in the mud too, I had to pull jeeps out of places I was going in 2 wheel drive.
 

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Well, my welded front diff lasted about a month. However, I did have to drive home on just the front end when my rear gears broke. That is not when it broke. If you have lots of diffs arond it is worth a try. Luckly when mine failed it just went back to open rather than binding. I don't think I would do the rear though if your truck is a daily driver.
 

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I had the rear of my '84 welded and love it. Never had a problem. It has been on some trails out here (Az) rated 4.0-4.5 (all rocks). The truck was my daily driver (4.10 gears, 33" tires and 22R engine, SLOW) and I never had an issue. As long as you are careful while making sharp turns (right hand, parking lot) and have the tires at the right pressure (my 33" BFG MT's ran at 25 psi) you shouldn't have any problems. What you don't want to do is gas it while turning or run on the street at a low air pressure this will put too much strain on the carrier, gears, and axles. I have been running mine for 2 years. I would recommend it, toy carriers and gears aren't hard to find. Make sure whoever does it welds the spider gears together and to the carrier to ensure it is welded good. Don't be stingy on the weld make it strong.

Jeremy

P.S. I don't know about welding the front diff, if you do, unlock one of your hubs before turning to relieve the stress in the diff, and don't use too much throttle.

[ 09-02-2001: Message edited by: bullfrog ]
 

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Alright, good stuff to consider.
Thanks for the info !
 

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I have the rear diff welded and it works great.I broke the first one but it looked damaged from the last owner(grooves in the carrier from the pinion).On that one I broke half the teeth off the pinion gear but the welds held good.The new one seems to be pretty strong.I had it out in front of the house on the road doing burnouts.I run 33x15.5 swamper sx's.I put it in 4 low with the hubs unlocked and smoked the rear tires with no problems,tires at 10 psi.It's not my daily driver,if it were I don't think I'd weld the rear.
 

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Mine is getting welded this week, and I plan on driving it regulary on the street. From what I've seen and heard, I forsee no problems. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 

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I welded the rear diff in my truck. I love it onroad and offroad. I can do burnouts aot easier. And I can turn alot sharper by hammering the gas on the V8 while turning. both tires spin and I can slide around. But when I dont want this to happen, I just stay off the gas and all is normal.

I dont think I want to do the front diff though. I want an ARB or Toyota Electric Locker for the front.
 
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