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Old 12-23-2009
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WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS I HAVE AN EXTRA CET THINKING OF DOING THIS
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I DONT KNOW. I WOULDNT DO THIS ON MY TRUCK
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To me, it sounds like it would be just like a Manual Hub left in the locked position permanently. And I did that every winter after I got my AVM Hubs on the 99. From November to April, I never unlocked the hubs and didn't really have a problem.

Worst that can happen is you blow one up when driving on pavement and if it's just an extra set anyway, no worries.

Granted, if it's just a pavement pounder most of the time I don't see a reason to do it. Would only really help you if you were having issues with the Hubs not activating in 4wd (i.e. you'd need to have a reason to be in 4wd).
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Worse gas mileage, shorter tire and front drivetrain life. I wouldnt. But if you like it then by all means hit it up its all about what you wanna do to your truck.
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So essentially, you'd have a live axle in the front. Hubs always locked in, so you have your differentiation in your open differential in the front..
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i dont see the problem with it. its like what beard did with the his front axle puts in those gears so you have have hubs
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just till i find a set of manual hub and a job to buy them i give it a shot
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his technique is a little odd, just welding it. but they make drive slugs for all kinds of axles/hubs.

he wont have any issue on the street and he wont really notice it that much imo.
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As stated in that thread the 01 and up truck with live front axles are hubless. So basically the diff and driveshaft is spinning all the time.
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Only thing I'd be worried about it that the hubs are cast aluminum and the steel's not all that great of quality to begin with. I personally think that it would be taking a weak hub and making it (possibly) even weaker, but I have no experience with it. Give it a shot, its only an already dead auto hub blown if it does frag. LR
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If you weld them and later get manual hubs you are gonna find it a PITA. You are ruining the splines on the axle and will have to replace them for the manual hubs. i would just buck up and get manual hubs or wait it out till you can afford them.
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how are you ruining the axle splines? youre welding the peices of the hub, not the hub parts to the axle. im pondering this myself, having recently blown up a manual hub and still have the auto's laying around.
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I had only seen people welding the hub locking part to the axle itself. Its still a better Idea to just install manual hubs. IMO
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