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Old 10-31-2008
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Gear break in..

I know there's some guidelines to the break in on ring and pinions. But how should i go about breaking in my front gears? its spooled so i cant exactly just drive around all day in 4wd.. I've been driving around with one hub locked in just to keep it all lubricated but thats not doing anything for the break in procedure.
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Matt, lock both your hubs in and run it that way. All the break in is is just the wear and groove patterns in the gear sets, change your fluid after 500 miles.
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it has a SPOOL

you CANT drive on the street with the hubs locked in.. ok, you can, but your begging to break something. and driving on dry pavement in 4wd can lead to bad things..
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If you leave the hubs unlocked it should be ok in 4wd, for little trips. Or don't you have a driveshaft yet?
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no i don't have a drive shaft yet, i was just bored so i'm asking.

my old aussie was basically a spool.. so i know its not very pleasant to drive on the street with the hubs locked in, have you ever tried turning some 35x1250s on pavement with a spooled front? its hard even on dirt..

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break in ? wtf is that

i have never broke mine in. oh yeah never mind it usually consisted of a burnout or WOT run.

who cares! its a waste of time
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Matt, i'm just learning on this too....

I'd just let the front be....it'll 'break in' when wheelin' it.

I've read 200 easy miles, change fluid after those 200, then rock it. But...you are spooled...so....idk. lol.
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haha i'm not spoiled, if i was the truck would be crawlin this weekend.
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get a front shaft and leave the hubs unlocked, stick it in 4wd for about 50 miles or so then just wheel the hell out of it. My front gears got about 10 miles of drive time on em then i just went out and played. After the first or second hard wheeling trip just swap out the fluid and clean it all out.
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just drive straight and dont turn or change lanes and it wont matter that ya have a spool.. ha.
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you got everything up and running?
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brake in? lol thats called install then burn out... LOL
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brake in? lol thats called install then burn out... LOL
EXACTLY what i plan on doing when that L2 axle get's thrown in this week witht 4.88's!!
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Matt, i'm just learning on this too....

I'd just let the front be....it'll 'break in' when wheelin' it.

I've read 200 easy miles, change fluid after those 200, then rock it. But...you are spooled...so....idk. lol.
yea thats my issue, then again.. I'll have true 4wd.. for the first time ever so i should be taking it pretty easy except for the gnarly hill climbs where i'll be testing the truck at.
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