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I considered this as well...but for the cost of the Warn hub kit..I went with a D44. Hubs are nice though. A lot less turning in the drivetrain. driveshaft, carrier, axles...everything doesnt move. I noticed an increase in acceleration and a slight increase in gas mileage.
 

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you want to avoid 82-83. (or is it 81-82??) Hell avoid all 3 years for the fun of it. Those are the years that have the vacuum disco in the housing. As for locking hubs, im not sure any year per say had them rather it was a factory option. Eitherway go to the store and buy some warn premiums for $89 or so and they go right in any year.
 

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The original post was for a d30...
warn locking hub conversion
Yet if you had read Foxinbox's entire post he was demonstrating how to get lockouts on a Dana 44.

(Remainder info is for BigYJ since some have trouble following context) The vacuum disco on a Dana 44 is easy to spot, so don't be concerned about years. Look at it first, then decide if it's the one to avoid or not. This is the one to avoid:

 
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