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Old 03-02-2007
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Got the spool in

This is just a post for people who are interested in mini spools.

First off, install was a PITA. I should have frozen the center blocks, it would have saved about 30 minutes.

That is how it looks.


I didn't get any pics of the install, it was VERY messy.

Pros:
I feel like I seriously have 4wd compared to how I was before
2 wheels spinning all the time

Cons:
Weakens carrier (which already is the weak point)
Chirps when turning
Truck wants to go straight, and only straight
Puts extra stress on pretty much everything



Basically, the way I feel right now, if I break it, I will make it better. I know people that have ran a spool for years, no problems, drive it like they stole it. I also know one person who shattered their carrier within a week. I guess there are a lot of contributing factors.

For me, it was nice, I had a summit gift cert, from complaining about my rock cralwer wheels

It was 100 to the door IIRC...I think I may have bought something else too though, so it may be a little cheaper for others.




So my point:

If you want a cheap alternative to a locker, get a mini spool. It's awesome offroading, onroad it's bearable and plenty drivable. I feel like I'm driving a sport ATV. But it makes the truck feel very nice and predictable. Just if you install it, freeze the center blocks a few days before you go to install it. It makes it much easier.




I know theres a lot I didn't cover, but it's just my little version.




So far, I'm in love. I feel like I have a new truck. I can't wait for bigger meats!! I'm going out in a few mins to go test it some more, but I just got back from doing a little test run...pics to come
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be very very careful in the rain... or any sort of puddle, even.

it's dangerous driving on pavement w/ a locked rear end.
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i will be getting one soon. wish i could go full, but not with c clips.

have fun with that thing. but know your limits, ans know them well. makes simple things more difficult, as im sure youve already noticed.
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Whatever works for ya!

Don't go blowin your rear end apart now....
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have fun wearing those tires faster too man i drove one spooled f-150 once on the street never would i drive a vehical daily with one...
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zach......puts a little excitement in the drive lol...
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Rock on man! Now get them pics!

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Sweet.....Dont blow anything out your @$$ now...

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Oh, I got lots of pics, just got back at 4.43...

I just have one thing to say though...

It just helps me get stuck in worse, deeper, thicker, nastier, smellier mud

It makes me just get stuck harder...I still get really relaly stuck...I was laying on the hitch in knee high ruts...
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Yeah, rear axle work is messy -- and smelly.

Well, good that you got it in. It looks like a really strong piece.
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My old C20 Suburban had a factory Detroit locker and if I hit a patch of ice going around a turn it would lock up and the sound would resemble breaking a tooth off the ring gear lol.

I want to save for an electric or air lock. You just talked me out of wanting a mini spool now. It does look like a nice piece though.
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eewww shiney
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i have a full locker in my 92 and i love it for on road driving and muddin it is the best thing in the world. the tires chirp yes but it is well worth it imo. and we want some muddin pics Ricky!
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i have a full locker in my 92 and i love it for on road driving and muddin it is the best thing in the world. the tires chirp yes but it is well worth it imo. and we want some muddin pics Ricky!
they are comin...we got REALLY dirty last night. I got stuck...oh like 3 times...

Kevin is the man, he pulled me out easy...I just dig soooo hard now though!
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diggin is good ricky i guess you have to learn to drive different. i mean when we put the locker in mine it was like night and day and offroadin in a open diff sucks in my 03. yea you cant just gun it anymore like your used to otherwise youll just spin. and with the mts you are set.
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gotta get momentum without the spin.. shouldnt require as much foot to pedal as before.. looks good though! not a fan of spools on road, thats like driving with slicks all day
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diggin is good ricky i guess you have to learn to drive different. i mean when we put the locker in mine it was like night and day and offroadin in a open diff sucks in my 03. yea you cant just gun it anymore like your used to otherwise youll just spin. and with the mts you are set.
Yea, I have to change the offroading style. Some things were easeir for me, some harder. I definetly can't stop in the soupy stuff, I just sink when I hit the gas.

It is kinda like sand.

Oh, and BTW, pics are going up after I get back from dinner ~2hrs
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any pics my good sir been ~3hrs lol...
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any pics my good sir been ~3hrs lol...
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...279#post592279
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I had a full spool in the cherokee with the d44 in the rear. wow did she wheel. Wow did she get sideways. Wow did she scare the holy **** out of me when when turning on dry pavement and all of a sudden hitting a puddle. Yup....on a daily driver, a spool is just too much of a hassle. Now....on a non-daily driver......like my chevy, mini spool is the way to go.

Why even get a spool, when you can lincoln lock it???
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If you lincoln-lock it and decide later on that you don't want to have it locked anymore, you've got to get a new chunk. Spools don't wear out, so if you decide to pull them, you can usually recoup a good bit of your money, instead of having to buy a new chunk like if you weld the spiders.
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ah....nah......lincoln lockn is the shiznit. I'd never do it. But I have...not pretty.
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If you lincoln-lock it and decide later on that you don't want to have it locked anymore, you've got to get a new chunk. Spools don't wear out, so if you decide to pull them, you can usually recoup a good bit of your money, instead of having to buy a new chunk like if you weld the spiders.
Spools cost money, welded dont.....but then again i have a full spool in my 9"
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If I had a welder, it would be lincoln...but I don't

I love the spool...i drove with it in the rain, but it's no biggie, you just control it with your right foot
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does it lean when you park?
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