Originally Posted by k.blakeley
So theres really no way of switching a live axle over to manual hubs without changing the front diff?
From the way I understand the way these axles are set up no.
But see 95 and 96 explorers are setup in a way that I'm not really going to get into but will say the 4.0 4X4 version ok when in 2wd mode our axle is disconnected internally and when switched to 4auto or 4low the axle connects with vacuum so when in 4auto its a "live" axle, and I don't want to depend on that working when out on the trails and I don't particularly want a "live" axle I miss having control over locking hubs in when I'm ready to use my 4X4. My main question here though is, I want to know how dependable the axle is with the hubs and vise versa I want to know how dependable the hubs are with the axle. Like how durable the whole setup is because I want manual hubs without doing a SAS :) Plus like I said would like to put in a normal t-case in this out of a ranger or first gen explorer and the GEM turns the axle on and off.