October 18, 2002on mine and most trucks without manual hubs, I have noticed you can never get both front tires to turn all the time i mean one tires on ice and thats the one that spins. Does my truck have worn out parts? or is it like an open diff. Is there a chep fix or aftermarket procuct to cure this? just thought id ask because my 4x4 only seems good on high traction areas where well 4x4 isnt needed. thanks
October 18, 2002it is a limited slip differential kinda like the rear end , and they do make lockers for it Detroit and Lock-Rite make some
October 18, 2002Yup, your front diff is open. You could go with a locker/LSD in the front, like a Detroit, ARB *if they have one for your vehicky*, or Lock-Right. Or if it`s just trail only you can "Lincoln" lock it. *weld it*.
November 1, 20022 Wheel drives are actually one wheel drives and 4 wheel drives are actually 2 wheel drives....Yep..unless you picked the optional parts from the manufacturer, limited slip option.
On the front axle this is what you do if you have the selectors on the front hubs for 4 wheel drive. Spend $100-150 on a spool for the differential. When you lock both front hubs you will have rock climbing both front wheels turning exactly the same speed, it will be uncapable of making any decent steering radius as one side can`t go faster than the other. So if your on the highway only lock one side in which will allow one side to go faster than the other and give you your current setup.
November 1, 2002If you put a locker in the front and only lock in one hub, that will be the only front wheel capable of driving, how do you know ahead of time which one to lock in? left or right?
November 2, 2002A spool and a locker are two different assemblies.
If you have a locker and lock in only one hub you have defeated the purpose of having a locker.
A spool will do the same thing as welding the spider gears together but is stronger.
November 15, 2002I saw you said "ice". A good way to kill yourself is to have a locking front end on icy roads. Living in Alaska, I`ve seen many 4X4`s in the ditch because of this. Locking rear end is very nice, front end is only if you do any `harcore` 4X4ing. Think about it for a second, when you try to turn while doing 55 on an icy road with a locking front end, both tires WILL turn the same speed, causing road slippage to occur. The inside tire MUST turn slower than the outside tire for posative ice road traction.
November 15, 2002
quote:I`m with him!
Originally posted by Skligmund:
I saw you said "ice". A good way to kill yourself is to have a locking front end on icy roads. Living in Alaska, I`ve seen many 4X4`s in the ditch because of this. Locking rear end is very nice, front end is only if you do any `harcore` 4X4ing. Think about it for a second, when you try to turn while doing 55 on an icy road with a locking front end, both tires WILL turn the same speed, causing road slippage to occur. The inside tire MUST turn slower than the outside tire for posative ice road traction.
November 16, 2002sorry to burst you bubble but unless you have a 3/4 or 1 ton truck there is no locker for the front IFS on the GM trucks..period, i have researched this for about 5 years and no one mkes a locker for the half ton IFS GM diff.
all the major companys say they do, but when you contact them and tell them that you have a half ton with 5 or six lugs they... oh, sorry that is for the 8 lug models found on the 3/4 and 1 tons....and the diffs aren`t swapable without major surgury
November 16, 2002Good point, a locking front axle would not be good on the ice....I would research the IFS pumpkin though...Seems to me that the carriers should be the same in the pumpkin as the rear, would have to check driveshaft teeth to make sure they have the same number of teeth on the spline....I`m very curious about that now...