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A spool and a mini-spool...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by muddin4fun, Jun 20, 2001.

  1. muddin4fun

    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    What is the difference?

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  2. HispanicPanic

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    a spool is the carrier and a mini spool reuses the carier you allready have kinda looks like a lock rite or e z locker but it doesnt unlock

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  3. muddin4fun

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    Which is the best way to go?

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  4. tRustyK5

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    A full spool is stronger...but a mini spool is less expensive and may be easier to install.

    Rene

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  5. FatBoyBlazer

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    would it be ok to run one on the street just in the rear?

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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Well obviously a spool won't unlock in a turn, but some people run them sucessfully. Its really no different than running a welded diff, its just less 'butch' [​IMG] I run my 14 bolt welded on the street and my Jimmy is a daily driver.

    You have to be prepared for chirping tires in tight quarters and some percieved understeer. It just takes a little getting used to, I hardly notice or think about it anymore. There will also be some additional tire wear in the rear from scrubbing around corners.

    The upside is no moving parts to break in a spool, the downside may be more stress on your axle shafts.


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    Well with a 12 bolt or 10 bolt rear, you really have no choice but to get the Mini Spool unless you run C-clip eliminators which aren't reccomended for off-road use. C-Clip eliminators weren't designed to handle the stress put on the axles fromt he side to side motion of off-roading. They were designed for drag racing... Also, the elminators use a smaller axle bearing..

    You can get a mini spool for about $100 and it relaces your spider gears.

    My firend has been running one for a while now in a 12 bolt without any problems and he has a huge right foot! :)

    The front you can run a full spool or mini since there are no C-clips.

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