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87 K5 Front Automatic Hubs (do they work)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stano, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. stano

    stano 1/2 ton status

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    I am used to Warn that turn almost 350 degrees on my old K10.

    Now we have this 87 K5 with auto matic front hubs. I read the instructions on the visor to see how to get then ingaged and uningaged. Do they work well or may I have to change then out to Warn some day.

    Truck will be used for trail riding mostly.

    87 K5
    thank you
    stano
     
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    if thay work run them till thay blow. but be warned thay diss engage when changing directions. and thay need to be unlocked when tcase is put in 2x4 . do this by backing up about 20-25 feet.
     
  3. stano

    stano 1/2 ton status

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    If the truck was in 4LO or 4HI and backing up 20 to 25 feet or longer will they unlock.

    Also if in 4LO or 4HI and going down a long steep hill making back presure on the front drive line will they unlock.

    What does a set of Warns cost these days are they still manual?
     
  4. surpip

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    i got mine for 80 bucks for my 89
     
  5. gone huntin

    gone huntin 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    My current Suburban and my long gone 86 K5 both had autos on 'em, and both had hubs engage going down the interstate. It makes a gawd awful noise. They both got Warns in place of the autos.
     
  6. 4X4HIGH

    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Yep, they work...as paper weights. :D

    Do yourself a huge favor and buy some premium Warn manual hubs. :thumb:
     
  7. RustyMule

    RustyMule Registered Member

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    If it's for the trail, chuck 'em. They WILL break in the wrong spot at the wrong time. If you were driving on snow once and a while or going light offroading they're fine, but for heavy duty get some good manual hubs.
     
  8. k5blaz

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    got to say man the warns are suposed to be a lot stronger. but I have auto's in my 83 with 6.2 35in. MTR's and dare i say it, half tons any way I've broke one hub in 200,000 miles. and yes they where hard miles espically the last 10,000 or so. lost a lot more front axls than any thing. I like them cause I dont have to get my lazy but out. in bad wether my trail rig pulls duble duty. but if the brake warns about 10 times cheaper litarly.
     

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