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Stronger CV's - Front Locker

I have an Aussie Locker sitting on my floor right now, planning on putting it in on saturday..

i have manual hubs so im not worried about snapping crap on the road..

But anyways, my question is when i snap a shaft.. (i wish it wouldnt happen, but i have that bad feeling one will...)
1)Wheres the most common place on the shaft for it to snap?
2)They make Alloy axle shafts.. so has anyone seen/heard of an upgraded, stronger CV shaft?
3) who else is locked, and had a lot of problems?
im just looking for information to prepare my self..

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Your best bet would be to talk to your local driveline shop, they would prolly be able to point you to a company who can make them. Second Id check out shops that make sandrails, as most sandrails us CV style shafts in the rear.
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aight, there must be something like that around here
if not i got a few cards of truck shops within a few hundred mile lol
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i would just run it first. with 33s i doubt you will snap stuff right off the bat. I mean Scott ran 37s with a locker and had no issues with CVs
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[email protected] had/has? 34's and is snapping them quite frequently by the sounds of it?

it all has to do with how you wheel it eh?
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have you ever seen how he wheels that truck?
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it all has to do with how you wheel it eh?
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haha, just throw the locker in.
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doesn't Bob have an aussie locker in his truck? he would be the man to ask. maybe he will see this thread.
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i was reading his "more breakage" thread

he said he had a "genuine gear quick lock"
... i want to push my truck, i have a few times, and i have found a few hills where i can test the front locker, 3 wheel peel .. the problem is, the nearest place i go legally wheel is an hr and a half away.. and no trailer room

thats the major stuff, rocks and what not that i will actually snap something probably.
im just waiting to get it as a full trail rig and wheel the **** out of it..
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haha, just throw the locker in.
the locker is goin in! haha

i just want to know what im up against the minute i lock those hubs, and if i can actually rebuild it stronger if/when i bust a cv shaft
i found some in a performance catalog at work.. the joints are chrome moly.. im going to call em and see what the deal is, see if theres anything for my truck
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build it, run it, break it, build it.

when it brakes, just put a stronger part in. Thats the way I do things on my truck.
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build it, run it, break it, build it.
hell yea!! 1 problem though...

i lack to bank to do that, its my philosophy lol.. but i dont have the money to :(
i woulda locked the rear.. but im waiting till the 28 spline goes and getting an explorer 8.8


but thats the point here, i want to find someone that has, or knows where to get get stronger CV shafts or im gonna keep poppin them possibly

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A front locker doubles the max possible torque that can be transmitted through either half shaft. So, you have to use your head, avoid abusive driving and let the locker pull you through. This is especially true in low range because the torque has already been multiplied by 2.48.

As far as breakage goes, I have always seen it at the outer CV joint.
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hell yea!! 1 problem though...

i lack to bank to do that, its my philosophy lol.. but i dont have the money to :(
i woulda locked the rear.. but im waiting till the 28 spline goes and getting an explorer 8.8


but thats the point here, i want to find someone that has, or knows where to get get stronger CV shafts or im gonna keep poppin them possibly

even if you did break a CV you have manual hubs! unlock them drive home then fix it!
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even if you did break a CV you have manual hubs! unlock them drive home then fix it!

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i ran locked up front for a year with 37s.. no probs i hit some hills pretty hard, mud holes ect..
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if you want em, and cant find anyplace to get stronger CVs, check out raxles.

www.raxles.com

they build some nasty shafts for 03/04 cobra guys launchin the IRS on slicks into the 10's. if they dont build sumthin already, they can and will for the right $$$
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If you want a trail rig, get a trail rig. I picked up my sammi for $1100. You could easily spend that on your ranger trying to build it up and wouldn't be near as capable (plus if your ranger breaks, you're F***ed, lol)
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i know, but you could easily drop a grand+ on axles alone then figure in lockers, upgraded shafts, gears, wheels, tires


i dont plan on wheelin my truck too hard till i have something to tow it with
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