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welding front diff with manual locking hubs

k i have a 2000 ranger 4x4 that i believe has busted hubs... i dont feel they lock what so ever, and sometimes i get a small grinding noise from the front when switching back to 2wd. anyway thats besides the point...

i hope it is the hubs, as im thinking about getting manual lockers anyway. now i hear about welding the front diff and getting manual lockers, and just throwing on the locks when off roading, which i imagine wouldnt be too bad... then unlock when hitting the roads again... if that sounds like a bad idea, i just may get manual locking hubs up front, and get the torson l/s diff. but of course its more costly and im kinda on a budget

now my questions for the rear... what kind of budget options can i run for the rear to get better off road traction?

i plan on doing some decent trails and some minor rock crawling in the long run so im trying to learn what options i can start off with now.

last question is if i weld the front diff and lock the hubs, and run it in 2wd OR 4wd high, it would still run the same in either setting, and all 4 will be running? and when i change it to 4wd low, then it lowers transfer case with still running 4 wheels right? then only way to get it back to 2wd is to manually unlock the front hubs?
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Nah, it's not a bad idea, I know a few guys running welded IFS yotas with manual hubs.

it wont change the way your 4wd performs at all, besides the fact both fron wheels will be constantly locked.
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You will be doing 32 point turns on the trail....maybe not that many, but you will lose a ton of 4wd turning radius. Might break some more things also depending on your gas pedal use in those turns.
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You will be doing 32 point turns on the trail....maybe not that many, but you will lose a ton of 4wd turning radius. Might break some more things also depending on your gas pedal use in those turns.
im thinking 33... 32 is too few
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