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Dumb question on manual front hubs

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by arveetek, Mar 2, 2002.

  1. arveetek

    arveetek 1/2 ton status

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    Ok guys, I apologize if this is a dumb question, but this is my first 4WD truck! (86 K-10)

    Is there a way (some sort of kit or something) to be able to engage the manual locking hubs from inside the cab? Getting out in the mud or snow is a pain to have to engage the hubs.

    Thanks.
     
  2. hammer

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    thats why there manual and not auto hubs

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  3. 87GMC

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    No, if you really what you could change to auto hubs. I'm sure there a plenty of people here the will sell you their's.

    87 V1500 305 TBI 208/465 4" 35"procomp mt Dana 44/12 bolt
     
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    OK If your to lazey to get out and turn the hubs, maybe you should by a HONDA

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  5. 87GMC

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    lol. right on


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    with some forethought you can engage the hubs prior to needing them.
    if it is snowing out when you are leaving work lock em in.
    if it turns out you didnt need 4wd unlock them when you park at home.
    more then likely you will leave locked for the morning snow commute...

    ike anything auto, the auto hubs or CAD eventual trac systems seems to cause grief at the most inopportune times

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    Auto hubs suck. They are weak. They are convenient, but not worth the convenience to an offroader. If you do alot of snow, and mud, leave the manual hubs locked. You will loose a little gas mileage, and wear parts a little quicker, but you will have 4x4 whenever you want it. Out hubs won't engage or disengage without rolling 10 feet, so if you get stuck in 2wd and shift to 4x4 then you will still only get 2wd. I just leave my hubs locked when I am offroad that way I have 4x4 whenever I pull the tcase lever back.

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  8. arveetek

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    Hey wow! You guys are awesome!

    Yeah, I've had friends with the later auto hubs, and I know of their particular problems. I knew the manuals were better/stronger, I just didn't know if there was any other way of engaging them.

    Does the front driveshaft turn with the hubs locked and the TC in 2 high?

    Like I said, I'm all new to this. I thought I wasn't supposed to drive over 40 or so with the front hubs locked.

    Thanks


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    Yep the driveshaft will spin with the tcase in 2Hi and the front hubs engaged. But so will auto hubs. If you put the truck in 4wd with auto's they will lock after 10 feet, and then if you put it back in 2wd the driveshaft will still spin because the hubs will still be locked. You have to put the truck in reverse in 2Hi and back up 10 feet for the auto hubs to disengage.

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    Yes, the axles will turn with the hubs locked. You will also notice a decrease in mileage and the steering may same a little heavy. However, I just lock the hubs anytime I think I may need 4wd. I wouldn't worry about driving on the highway with them locked, just don't have the t-case in 4wd unless needed. If that's the case, than you shouldn't be speeding down the highway anyway.

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    I hear you on the heavy steering thing. I was driving my dads F350 one time with autos, and I had to put it in 4x4 to get off the side of this mountain I was camping on. I didn't have a chance to unlock the hubs before I got to the highway. I got on the highway, and the steering was heavy, and it didn't have its normal power because of the parasitic drag of the front end. Once I got a chance to stop and do the reverse 10 feet thing to unlock the hubs everything was normal again.

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    you can go as fast as u want in 4wdr or hubs locked in

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    still a jerk though
     
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    Thanks for the info ya'll! We had a big snow here over the weekend, (don't get too much snow here) and I had to pick up my grandparents so I could take them to church. Leaving the hubs locked and just shifting in and out of 4WD worked great. Didn't realize I could do that.

    I love this truck! It just goes anywhere with no trouble whatsoever!

    Thanks again guys, and thanks for having patience with a dumb newbie like me.

    Later.
     
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    I left my hubs locked all winter so I could shift in and out of 4wd as needed. I didn't really notice my mileage drop noticealby and it doesn't hurt to keep axle lubed. It's true that the U-joints wear faster, but hey, You gotta change them sooner or later anyway.
     
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    When I first got my truck, I took it into some sand. I went into it in 2hi and, when I had my gov-lok, I actually did well. Well, I eventually stopped. My friend looks at me and says, "Better put it in 4 low". I do that and floor it. My rear spins and all of a sudden my fronts engage and I hop right out. Mine didn't have to roll to engage, the driveshaft made them engage. What's up with that?
     

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