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front spool w/ hydraulic steering

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by bherring, Apr 29, 2002.

  1. bherring

    bherring Registered Member

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    Any experience with a spooled front with hydraulic ram steering? I've always had an open front and have never broken any front axle part (driving real hard). I think maybe the strong steering will make the turning easier than most complain about. This thing is trail-only by the way. Thanks for any info. -Beck.
     
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    What size tires do you run? I've never seen a healthy open front break either.
     
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    sorry - 36" tires. Will the hydro help with the steering if I spool it? Anyone?
     
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    A spool in the front sounds scarry to me... even for a truck that only sees trail use.
     
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    You will still break something with only a dana 44. I just put a spool in my 3/4t dana 44 run 36x12.50\16.5 Super Swamper SX's and two trips later broke both axles with 5 minutes.
     
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    You will still break something with only a dana 44. I just put a spool in my 3/4t dana 44 run 36x12.50\16.5 Super Swamper SX's and two trips later broke both axles with 5 minutes. The hydro assist will help with steering.
     
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    the lack of steering has nothing to do with the ram or lack of ram.
    you can turn the tires to full lock and it will still try and go straight
     
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    Done deal. I just spent this evening pulling and welding the gears in my front 3/4t 44. I drove it around on both loose gravel and pavement to see just how bad it was. It steers fine with the hubs locked in 2wd or 4wd. Of course it scrubs the tires, but I don't care. I've been dealing with rear tire scrubbing for two years. I'll have it on the trail tmw and let you know how it goes. From my testing so far I think you guys are crybabies about the turning. I'm just curious to see how easy it is to break something. We shall see.

    Grip it and rip it.
     
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    interesting
    when my powerlok was fresh I had to unlock the hubs to turn
    you sure you welded it?
     
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    100% WELDED
    I said it definitely scrubs the tires, but the buggy still turns better than it ever did as a dual-open-diff-k5. It "pushes" a bit, but it really isn't that bad. We'll see in the 'morn. -Beck.
     
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    I have a friend that tried this in a light buggy w/a 44 and worn 38s, welded diff and full hydro. First trip out...Boom!

    Pete
     

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