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welded gears

is there a way to weld the spider gears so that it works like a locker?
i have heard there is.

how??
 
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i guess you could weld it solid so they cant turn..

i wouldnt recommend it tho
 
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lol
 
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Originally Posted by dixieranger44
yea. its called a lincoln locker. easy and effective. have it done on my truck
of course you do
 
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Not a good choice for street use.
 
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wouldn't that be more like a spool then a locker ?

spools are locked up all the time where a locker locks up only when one wheel slips.
 
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Originally Posted by Ranger1
wouldn't that be more like a spool then a locker ?

spools are locked up all the time where a locker locks up only when one wheel slips.
Correct, the welded spider gears allow no differential action, ever, just like a spool. It causes accelerated tire wear and can even break axles when used on high traction surfaces like paved roads.
 
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Originally Posted by rwenzing
Correct, the welded spider gears allow no differential action, ever, just like a spool. It causes accelerated tire wear and can even break axles when used on high traction surfaces like paved roads.
except for a full time off-road trail truck I see no point.
 
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Exactly right.
 
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what if you welded the spiders up and took a turn..

didnt i hear somewhere if you have your locker locked in and take a turn fast it will eat everythin up..

will it do it the same if welded up?
 
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Originally Posted by HighRollerII
what if you welded the spiders up and took a turn..

didnt i hear somewhere if you have your locker locked in and take a turn fast it will eat everythin up..

will it do it the same if welded up?
That is the problem. When going perfectly straight, welded spiders would work OK, even on pavement. Go around a corner and the outside tire must turn faster than the inside tire if they both have traction. With welded spiders, something has to give and the tires usually slip. If they don't slip enough, then something expensive has to break.
 
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I think he's just playing man.

Welded gears are a bad bad idea for anything but a dedicated trail rig for all the reasons that Bob has already elaborated. On the plus side it's cheap and effective (if you're a competant welder of course), but most of us will never have the need for welded gears on our Rangers since they're primarily our daily drivers.
 
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I have it done on my Samurai even though its not steet legal (at all) I have driven it on the street I dont recomend it at all for street driving.
 
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ok then i will just looks at getting a cheap 8.8 with a l/s or locker
 
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