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I remember a topic a while ago about welding a D30 up, but I cant find it with a search. Can anyone remember the pro's and con's of doing this? and yes I know ...snap..crackle...pop lol

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Originally posted by GWG:
I remember a topic a while ago about welding a D30 up, but I cant find it with a search. Can anyone remember the pro's and con's of doing this? and yes I know ...snap..crackle...pop lol
Pros:
- Far better off-road traction.
- Cheap to do.
- No symptoms on the pavement, unless your front shaft is unbalanced or has a bad angle.

Cons:
- Reduced turning radius and driveline binding on high-traction surfaces.
- Greater stress on power steering components.
- Greater risk of breaking front driveline parts.
- Front shaft must be balanced and operating within acceptable limits.

...lars

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Originally posted by lars:

Cons:

- Front shaft must be balanced and operating within acceptable limits.

...lars

Uhhhmmm, yeah. But of course you'd balance your shaft and make sure its within acceptable operating limits anyway wouldn't you?
Or do you never use 4wd on the highway?



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hehehehe
i'll answer you...

i never use 4wd on the hiway!

my rear shaft isn't even balanced...

let's just say i avoid the hiway.


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Originally posted by Dan:
Uhhhmmm, yeah. But of course you'd balance your shaft and make sure its within acceptable operating limits anyway wouldn't you?
Or do you never use 4wd on the highway?
I never use 4wd on the highway. I used to years ago but these days, never. No snow to speak of.

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Kinda lost.... what do you mean welding???? Opening up the the front pumpkin and welding up the gears?

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Originally posted by 4Low:
Kinda lost.... what do you mean welding???? Opening up the the front pumpkin and welding up the gears?

Yep. You weld the spiders so they turn together, making a "spool". Both axle shafts must then always turn at the same speed.

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So is it possible to do the rears also. And if so then this is a poors mans lockers. Given most lockers, except the ones you can disengage (ex. ARB air lockers), both wheels have to turn the same. Wouldn't welding be a cheaper way to go? Or is there serious problems with this choice?

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Originally posted by 4Low:
So is it possible to do the rears also. And if so then this is a poors mans lockers. ...
Most lockers are really "Automatic Lockers" which disengage and allow independant tire movement when cornering (in theory anyway). A spool (no releasing action) is very hard on parts because you always drag one tire around a corner. IMHO a factory axle on a street driven Jeep will not survive like that for very long.


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Originally posted by lars:
I never use 4wd on the highway. I used to years ago but these days, never. No snow to speak of.
...lars
You guys with hubs crack me up
My front driveshaft spins all the time, whether its in 4wd or not, I'll keep my front shaft balanced thanks.



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