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limited slip welding

Can I weld my limited slip together? It's an 8.8 28 spline with a factory LS. I would spool it but the ls is my whole carrier so can I just weld it in any way? please don't say not to do it. i already know it's a bad idea but how would I do it??
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i dont think its possible. but you can try your best at ruining it!
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If you know it's a bad idea then why do it?

Just get an Aussie locker. They are cheap.
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Welding rear ends together is fine if it never sees pavement, but if it sees pavement, buy a locker
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no no is all i have to say...
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beard is the only one who answered my ques.. plus aussie doesnt make a 28 spline locker.
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they dont?

anyways, what kinda l/s do you have? if its like mine with the spider gears just pull out everything you dont need and weld that ***** up solid!

oops nvm, wont work on the C clip axle.. make it as strong as you can and still allow access to pull that center pin and the c clips out.

dont tack it here and there like some people, just make it a solid chunk of metal like a cannon ball! lol
just dont be too surprised if the poor little 28 spline 8.8 spits its guts out if your hard on it

i'll have a spool monday, going in the next weekend probably
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hey cory u gota better pic of ur truck, in ur avatar it seems pretty badass lookin.. just to small
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i think it will blow the disks apart,and i do not think it will hold for long
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only one way to find out
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Weld up your spider gears :P
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he doesn't have spiders......

Sure...jerry rig it and ruin a perfectly good carrier......possibly ruin new axle shafts and even a bent housing. OR.....we can work something out with my open 4.10 8.8 thats on my truck now...it'll be replaced soon. Shoot...you can even lunchbox locker it.
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Ford L/S has spider gears, but why not go No slip? I know they make a 28 spline, I used to have it!

http://images.carcraft.com/techartic...mited_slip.jpg
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welding is cheaper lol
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hey cory u gota better pic of ur truck, in ur avatar it seems pretty badass lookin.. just to small
cell phone cameras...gotta love em. He recently posted pics in the snapshots section. I took these a while back...



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i heard of guys with mustangs shimming the ls so its really tight and almost like a locker, but i dont know much about ls's to begin with.
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kev, that will only really hold up for street use, ive had cars done up like that, and it chatters around corners, but they wear out FAST when used offroad
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kev, that will only really hold up for street use, ive had cars done up like that, and it chatters around corners, but they wear out FAST when used offroad
that figures, lol, like i said i only heard about it, never actually seen it done. hey you down for some wheeling this sunday? im trying to get some people to make it out.
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welding may be cheaper but when that "cannon ball" (lol) exsplodes it wont be cheap to rebuild the rearend :) just spend the $350 and do it right the first time.. dont half *** your truck man its a nice lookin rig..
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With the ford trac-lock it can be welded up exactly as you would a ford open diff. I would say to go ahead and pull the s-spring out of it and then weld the hell out of the spiders and then weld the spiders right to the diff case. Then only part that may be tougher is welding the side gears to the case, I dont know exactly how far away they sit because of the clutch packs behind them.

As long as you know all the quams about driving a welded axle and their strengths and weaknesses then I see no reason why this question shouldn't be answered correctly. So yes, a factory ford traction-lok diff can be welded up just like the ford open diff although the carrier is weaker because there is less material to it because of the clutch packs, but I guess a few more welding rods can fix that. Theonly thing to be sure about when doing it as that the cross pin can slip back in and out with no problems and no interference.
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