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can you (safely) lock 10 bolts?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by lazerus, Dec 11, 2002.

  1. lazerus

    lazerus Registered Member

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    hello all...
    350 motor, 700 trans, NP208, 3.73 ratios with 31X10.50 tires.....
    10 bolts front and back
    can I use a lockers (lock rite) on the front and rear without blowing up my diffs?
     
  2. Sandman

    Sandman 3/4 ton status Author

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    Real iffy. Daily driving can blow these up. It might be cost effective to find a 12 bolt. Course some people can make these live forever. I would go for the 12 bolt unless you dont have the means. Chances are you will end up killing the 10 bolt sooner or later.
     
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    Man have i got a deal for you. will send you a PM...
     
  4. Nonesuch

    Nonesuch 1/2 ton status

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    I lincoln locked my front 3.73 10 bolt but I only use 4x4 off road (pavement will kill it fast). I am runing some 32" AT's. I had my rear the same way but it exploded. Lucky for me I have several spare carriers and gears. I am about to try it again. I figure once I spend a truck load of money on cheesy axles, my wife will finally understand and allow me to upgrade.
    Justin
     
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    87sm465np208 1/2 ton status

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    alright, yea it would be good to good to upgrade to a 12 bolt rear end, i blew my 10 bolt rear, of corse it had a gov-loc, and it was screwed up when i got it, but over time, it leaked really bad, i added about half a bottle of gear lube every week /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif. then one day it just locked, and didnt unlock, and i stepd on the gas really hard in 2nd gear and WA-BAM, it blew, so it took a week, but i got a matching front and rear out of a 79 blazer for free, just remember the 12 bolt yoke is set back about 1 1\2 inches, so if your gunna lift it yur probly gunna have to get yur driveshaft lenthend, but other wise i feel it is stronger, and more reliable then the 10 bolt. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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  6. txbluethunder

    txbluethunder 1/2 ton status

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    i'm locked up front with no issues after 5 months. you can't even tell its there unless your in 4x and then it climbs like a goat. with all the issues with people breaking them on the street i felt that putting it up front was the best place.
     
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    Best way to learn is like I did. Push it, Break it, then Upgrade it....
     
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    72THING 1/2 ton status

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    I think it would be alright if you keep your tire size amaller than 33" and you are easy on it. But I wouldn't really recommend it if you wheel hard.

    Will
     
  9. lazerus

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    thanks for all the input!
    what is yalls definition of 'wheeling hard'?
    I dont really do rocks- not the kind I see in the pics anyways!

    take care
     

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