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Hey i have been having trouble with my wheel bearings and im looking for opinions. I have an 02 ranger and have been through 3 wheel bearings already. One of my friends suggested manual locking hubs for the front because it would then eliminate the closed bearing system. meaning cheaper if i were to wear one out. But I cant find a manual locking hub for my year Ranger anyone know of where i can order one??
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you need the 98-00 front half shafts and look for 98-00 hubs
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Half shafts how easy are they to install?
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idk on that...some are easy, some are a b*itch
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Anyone able to dumb it down as to what i have to purchase to perform this mod?
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you would need 98-early 2000 wheel bearings, cv shafts, and hubs, and some seals and clips.....IMO not worth it because i have gone through a couple wheel bearing my self...it all depends on what brand and quality wheel bearing you get...
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Your friend doesn't know what he is talking about. When you switch over to hubs (you would need axleshafts, wheel/bearing units, and manual hubs), you still have a similar wheel/bearing sealed unit that is nearly the same cost and just as problematic. Only you spent a bunch of money and have more things to fail. Use GOOD QUALITY bearings (timkens) and keep the setup you've already got.
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i love the auto hubs in my truck...hit 4wd whenever i need it dont have to freeze my @$$ off to lock in my hubs lol
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haha i guess thats a plus. Well looks like I am dropping another bearing into it soon its starting to squeak and chirp a little bit when i turn left
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i love the auto hubs in my truck...hit 4wd whenever i need it dont have to freeze my @$$ off to lock in my hubs lol
You don't have auto hubs in your truck. You have live axles, your front drive line is always engaged, always turning.
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