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Super dumb question because lockers are expensive, and I am looking for cheap, but is it possible to run spools on the street if you are running lock-outs and only have one side locked?
I am building 609's front and rear with '99-'04 Super Duty Unit bearings, so the rear would be full-float with lock-outs.
 

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The heavier you are the worse it is.
Possible? Yes.
Desierable? No
Misserable? Yes.

And if your housings arent perfectly straight it will shit the splines out.
 

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Isn't that really true regardless of the locker/spool type?
Not neccassarily.
If it has a slight bend the side gear will track and most everything will survive and function. A bad bend say over 3/16" then things could get wonky.

Spools have machined splines hard in the body, any bend/deflection will imdeatly begin eating splines.
 

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Full locked on the road really isn't nice. Chatter around corner, shitty turning radius,(parking In tight spots sucks) wet icy slippery roads kinda suck...and the money saved on a proper locker gets spent replacing tires that chew up super fast. Even my drift car with a spool sucks, unless on a track. But to go get milk on a rainy day? Fuck that I take the wife's Suby.
The pros. Straight up traction. not a lot to break.
Cons are many.
And if your homemade housing arent straight....that's been covered. So jig hem up straight, and buy a locker 😉
 

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Doesnt matter and will make for some radical driving. Instead of 200hp to both tires you get full 200hp to 1 tire and decell/motor drag to 1 tire. It will dive all over the place on/off throttle and youll be constantly smoking that 1 tire.

We tried that with my buddies stock s10 motor and it would spin off a 37-39" tire
 

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I second and can verify that what you save in lockers you will spend on tires…. I had Detroit’s… eventually changed to selectable… better on trial, better on the road. You could do selectable in back, spool or auto-lock in front, on the road with hubs unlocked it won’t factor in. I changed out my front Detroit for the trail, as coming down obstacles while trying to turn was impossible being front loaded… even with hydro assist. Yea… I’d stay away from a single wheel engaged in the rear with a spool… that’s asking for trouble. Good luck
 
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