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Welding an open diff.

Has anyone done this or heard any negatives about doing this? I have a friend who wants to do it to his truck.
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look up "Lincoln locker"
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just buy a mini spool. and please dont weld it.
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just buy a mini spool. and please dont weld it.

What difference does it make? You are not going to see his diff in action, unless he gets a clear diff cover. Is it pretty much dedicted to offroad use? A welded rear can be just as good as a minispool at a fraction of the cost, and will hold up. I've heard only positive comments about it, and he'll have to adjust his driving habits in the rain and around corners. Greatly accelerated tire wire. It's "locked," all the time. Guys w/ rigs equipped with 2.5 ton Rockwells do it all the time...

You and your friend jsut need to make sure you weld everything correctly, and take the time to do it right the first time. You don't want spider gears chipping and throwing parts all in your axle housing. If all else fails and he doesn't like it, he can buy a new gear housing + gears at junkyard.
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weldin up the spider gears isnt good on a DD or a truck drivin on the streets..

id say buy a locker
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weldin up the spider gears isnt good on a DD or a truck drivin on the streets..

id say buy a locker
that is my point right there.
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that is my point right there.

Agreed. If it's mainly street driven, go the LSD, automatic/manual locker route.

If it's sometimes street but mainly offroad, the welding is fine.
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its the cheap way out..but it will work..
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spool = welded, idk why you would spend more haha

but im with everyone else, street truck= real locker/LS
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I understand Ive been telling him to get a locker but he doesnt want to listen so I though with a few more peoples help he would listen. After letting him read this I think hes starting to change his mind.
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if he doesnt care about the extra stress, and killing his tires, tell him to go for it haha
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I agree. But Ive already have my mind set im probally ordering a truetrax locker tomorrow depending on this paycheck.
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where can u get the cheapest locker posible? i wanna lkock mine but its DD for now so ,,,,,, where and how is best way to get some posi :)
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The only time a welded rear end is good is if you are straitr forward mud truck.

If you drive on any trails its going to be a PITA to turn. Expecially on the road
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where can u get the cheapest locker posible? i wanna lkock mine but its DD for now so ,,,,,, where and how is best way to get some posi :)
what axle do you have.

im selling a locker for a 7.5
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i have no idea, how do i find out???? i got a 1999 XLT 4x4 off road edition... 3.0
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what axle do you have.

im selling a locker for a 7.5

i have a 7.5 how much you want for it?
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i have no idea, how do i find out???? i got a 1999 XLT 4x4 off road edition... 3.0
look at the sticker on the driver side door, or it might be on the doorjam.
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/Axles.html


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i have a 7.5 how much you want for it?
its in the members classifieds.
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weld the SOB and drive the **** outta it til it explodes!
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