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Old 03-06-2008
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Originally Posted by God,Country,FORD View Post
well i am puting 35" tires on my truck. that is why i am puting the 4.56 gears

See i dont know what i need or anything i am just looking.. I wont be doing anything EXTREME.. just the usual offroading stuff..trails, etc...

I just dont want to get stuck anymore lol..I honestly dont need the arb lockers.. those are too expensive and i wont be doing any of that offroading.. So LS in the rear and a locker up front?? or ls just in the rear or ls up front and in the back?
Originally Posted by casfz1 View Post
If you are dead set on getting lockers front and rear be prepared to start changing front cv shafts. If it was me I would run 4:56 gears a locker in the rear and a multimount winch set up. The reason I would not run a locker in the front of our trucks with 35's is that the cv shafts can not handle the forces they generate.
Ok. So here's my take on the whole thing. From what it sounds like you should go with a PowerTrax No-Slip out back and a 9k winch.

From what I've heard the No-Slip lunchbox lockers are really effective while not completely destroying on-road performance. In fact, I've heard they are damn near invisible on-road (at least compared to a full locker). And for only $450 bucks with an easy install you can't really go wrong. Here is a link (PowerTrax No-Slip over at Summit)

Regardless of whether your truck has a live axle or a vacuum hub setup (if I remember right it changed mid-year in 2000) I would steer clear of putting a locker up front. It sounds like you really aren't going to be wheeling this thing hard and still want to be able to drive on the road. A locker up front will just put a lot of pressure on stuff, much like casfz1 said.
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Here is what Aussie said about putting a locker in live axle trucks....

Front Axle Installations
The installation manual provided with your Aussie Locker contains information on proper front axle installations. The Aussie Locker works well in front axles for 4 Wheel Drive vehicles when they are installed in a vehicle with locking hubs or those equipped with front axle disconnect.

Under no circumstances should the Aussie Locker be installed in the front of a full- time 4 wheel drive vehicle.

To prevent damage to the drive line no four wheel drive vehicle should be driven on the highway with the front hubs locked and the 4 wheel drive engaged. The Aussie Locker in the front differential of a 4 wheel drive vehicle (excepting full-time 4WD), properly equipped and installed, provides dramatic off road traction and very good on-highway handling.

winch up front and locker out back is what I would do
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Old 03-06-2008
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THanks for all the info guys..

Downey - Yeah, i havnt been able to update my pic on the gov. computers.

So i think i will get a whinch set up and see how the truck does with the 4.56 gears, and see if i need to get the locker or the LS in the back.
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