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Lock It?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ssped, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. ssped

    ssped 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I need Help with a decision. To lock it or Not to lock it, That is the question. (never thought we could Shakespere in a Ck5 forum) Here is the build and I would be using a Mini spool more than likely.

    82 Blazer, 6.2 diesel, 14bff rear with a detroit and disc brakes, 6" front springs and 1.5 shackles, rear is a ORD 4" shackle flip, Xover steering on a 10b(open at this time) all running on 33's.

    Should I lock the front or not? I am worried about strength. will the axles hold up at all or will I just tear it apart. remember I am light footed with a diesel. I would like to run the 10b for another year before swapping to a 60.
     
  2. muddybuddy

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    if ur going to eventually swap in a 60, dont waste the money on a locker for the 10b. 10b + locker = axle shafts go bye bye
     
  3. 1977k5

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    I agree
     
  4. ssped

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    I am sooooo back and forth on this. Today I am in a leave it open mood but yesterday It was a lock it mood. I am going to sit on this for a week or 2 to decide.
     
  5. goldwing2000

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    If you're going to waste... err... spend money on a spool, might as well just weld it. Especially if you're already planning to replace it.
     
  6. jekquistk5

    jekquistk5 Weld nekid Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Weld it. Really easy to do on a 10blt /d44
     
  7. mrk5

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    Are you certain you'll have a 60 within a year. If it's going to be 2yrs more, I would lock it up with a Lock-rite. When you do get a 60 you have a better chance getting some money for the axle or even part out the locker and sell it individually.

    Personally I wouldn't be so worried about axle breakage. You describe yourself as light on the throttle and you're only running 33s. I feel the front locker makes it easier to "crawl" obstacles without getting heavy in the throttle anyways. Heck I ran a locked 44 on 37s. :dunno:

    I would recommend swapping in new axle shaft ujoints since you gotta pull them anyways. Also do a full circle clip conversion while you're at it.

    Just my .02
     
  8. ssped

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    the front does not have C clips and I was thinkin 100$ Mini spool. Maybe I will weld it though.
     
  9. big dan

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    I say weld it or leave it open. theres no use in wasting money if you're going to get rid of it. If you want it locked then weld it. I ran a welded d44 (which is pretty much the same thing) for 6 months and had no problems with 35s.

    If you plan on getting a d60 then there is no point in spending money on the 10b. so like I said, weld it or leave it open.
     
  10. Chrisblazzer89

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    HIJACK ON
    i have a 3/4 TON 10B up front and a 14BFF in the rear both with 4.10s open and plan on going 38x14.50R16.5 I am gonna lock the rear but should i lock the front? I do mud and trails LOTS A MUD MUD.
    HIJACK OFF
     
  11. big dan

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    I say lock it. I wheeled open for 3 years and locked for 1 and will never wheel with an open diff again. those tires will be hard on a 10b but with it locked it will crawl a little easier and you wont have to use the throttle as much so it might be ok, plus if you have a 14bff rear you'll at least be able to make it home.
     
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    I was also thinking 33s or 35s.
     

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