welding front diff with manual locking hubs
k i have a 2000 ranger 4x4 that i believe has busted hubs... i dont feel they lock what so ever, and sometimes i get a small grinding noise from the front when switching back to 2wd. anyway thats besides the point...
i hope it is the hubs, as im thinking about getting manual lockers anyway. now i hear about welding the front diff and getting manual lockers, and just throwing on the locks when off roading, which i imagine wouldnt be too bad... then unlock when hitting the roads again... if that sounds like a bad idea, i just may get manual locking hubs up front, and get the torson l/s diff. but of course its more costly and im kinda on a budget
now my questions for the rear... what kind of budget options can i run for the rear to get better off road traction?
i plan on doing some decent trails and some minor rock crawling in the long run so im trying to learn what options i can start off with now.
last question is if i weld the front diff and lock the hubs, and run it in 2wd OR 4wd high, it would still run the same in either setting, and all 4 will be running? and when i change it to 4wd low, then it lowers transfer case with still running 4 wheels right? then only way to get it back to 2wd is to manually unlock the front hubs?