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is running a spooled front a no-no?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 1990K5, Apr 29, 2002.

  1. 1990K5

    1990K5 1/2 ton status

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    i have a 60 front and the truck will be driven off road only, will a spool make it impossible to steer? thx for your input, j.c.
     
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    from what i have seen, yes. but if you dont mind unlocking a hub all the time, or having a spectator do it, then you wont mind....
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  3. 1990K5

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    has anyone done this?
     
  4. BigBri

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    Unless your planning on going straight all the time or unlocking one of your hubs when your planning on turning.A better way to go would be a gear type limited slip unit such as a detroit true trac, it gives awesome traction, i'ts quiet, and theres no clutches in it to burn out like other clutch type L.S.D's.
     
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    Not to sound like a jerk, but if this guy is thinking about a spool then a limited slip or posi is definately NOT going to cut it. i would think a locker (detroit is the best) but a drop it type like a lock right will work best for you (i think) it just depends on the $$.detroit ~$5-600 + intsall if you dont know how to do it, and drop in type $2-300. and easy as pie to install if you are somewhat mechanically inclined. i have welded spider gears in the back and even that is sometimes a chore to turn, i could only imagine it fully locked in the fron----turning w/ a locker WILL be worse than what you have now (open) but the locker does give and lets you turn easier.

    Just my $.02
     
  6. kpanza

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    Yes, the truck will be VERY hard to steer, you will not be happy with it! I have an ARB up front, and when an ARB is locked, it IS a spool...it does not differentiate like a Detroit or other lockers. It remains fully locked just like a spool until you switch it off. Let me tell you, when I have it locked, turning is pretty much out of the question. As soon as I switch it off, I can turn fine. Now, I don't think this has anything to do with it (except when flexed of course), but up to this point I have had the stock steering setup. Just this past weekend I swapped to a D60 also with ARB, and swapped to the crossover setup - so we will see if there are any changes. I suspect there won't be ANY changes unless I am flexed up...

    Anyhow, bottom line is unless you wheel in huge open fields or don't mind constantly pulling 10 point turns, a front spool wouldn't be such a wise decision! And also remember, that when you are fully locked like that, you put a LOT of stress on the axle components when turning, so not only will you be having a tough time turning, but you will be risking additional breakage! /forums/images/icons/frown.gif Just my .02, but that's why I see the ARB as such a great investment!
     
  7. zakk

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    if you are running mud only (mud bogs and the like) and have Popeye arms (no matter how u got them/forums/images/icons/laugh.gif/forums/images/icons/wink.gif) then it will be a good choice.

    if one or both those conditions are not met, it will be a waste of time money and broken axles.

    just my two-bits...
     

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