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Front Axle Diff Question.........

Ok well I was just messing around thinking about my truck and I have to re-gear my front axle some time coming up. Now I wanted to add a new front diff thats a locker or a nice LS so I can do some better off roading but I don't really have any money. I wanted to know if welding the front spider gears would be a bad idea or not. I don't use the 4x4 on the road at all and I'm more into going through mud. Do you think there is any downfall to this, I do drive my truck as a DD but I don't think it would be that bad.

I don't know if this is a bad or good idea so please comment on it.
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I could be wrong but with the manual hubs you have I would think you would be okay. You will prolly be more prone to break things in the front.
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If you leave your front hubs unlocked you will be ok on the street. You'll have a more difficult time turning while in 4x4 though. Go with a good cheap lunchbox locker like an Aussie locker or a lockrite. They're pretty affordable and are a better alternative to welding the front IMO.
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well I'll look into a locker or a L/S (which I would love to have actually) and see how much they are. I don't want to put an open up front because well now I have a L/S in the rear and I see how much of a difference a L/S to an open is and I really want to know what my truck can do with a nice ne front diff.
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I would think a lunchbox locker for the front would be cheaper than a L/S
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just remeber that a L/S is only good when both tires are on the ground, when a tire leaves the ground it acts just like an open diff
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get an aussie locker, its a full locker for ~250-300
i just got mine in and it works great, but i would also get manual hubs if you dont already
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Manual hubs are a must with a locker in the front. Don't even put the locker in with out the manual hubs. don't even say oh I can do it in a few weeks. Do the hubs now and the locker in a few weeks.
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heh i just looked at his sig, hes got warn hubs
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4x4 with a front locker is cake.. if you have no first hand experience with them dont post here say.. if it was me and i had manual hubs and no $$ weld it up
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Yea thats the first thing I did when I got the truck was put manual hubs on it. I looked and I can get a front locker for like $300 which sucks because its going to be a little over $200 for the front gears and install kit. I don't know. Maybe if I can I'll just weld it up and deal with it. I have a l/s out back and I'd love to get one for the front too because its really nice. I guess I just have to sit and think about it.
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