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Opinons please! Lincoln Locker ??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by shane74, Jun 30, 2003.

  1. shane74

    shane74 1/2 ton status

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    I do not have the money for a locker, but I need better traction in the front. Since I run a part time kit and warn hubs in the front, is it OK for me to weld the spider gears in my D44? I am thinking the only real draw back to this is that the spiders could shatter on the trail, but they're cheap in comparison to a locker. Any other thoughts on this are appreciated!
     
  2. GORRILLA

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    Get ya an extra set to keep with you on the trail.
    Weld em up, if you don't like it or it grenades, swap in the others
    my .02
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  3. AnthonyG

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    keeping an extra set of spider and side geras with you is a good idea BUT what are you going to do when it blows and takes the R&P with it or takes your carrier with it My buddy welded his D44 and on the first turn with the hubs locked and 35"s on he blew an axel shaft I don't think it is worth it.
     
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    i had a friend who welded his. all u had to do was look at it wrong & it would break. got a lot to do w/ who welds it though. he costantly broke axles & carriers. i don't think i would weld a frt 44.
     
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    i wouldnt do it on a DD though..
     
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    zcarczar 1/2 ton status

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    Lincoln Lockers suck! Save yourself the hassle and save for a real locker.
     
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    I welded mine about 2 years ago and broke 2 outers,1 hub,1 inner and finally broke the carrier in two...now ive got a d60 welded and no more problems.........I say weld it and keep spares with you until you can get a d60.....I still made it alot further on my welded d44 than i would have if it was open!!!!!!
     
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    I wouldn't do it again with stock axles. Too many broken stubs and inners. It isn't worth the trouble of constantly changing them trailside.
     
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    The problem with welding the spiders are just that of what was said. When your out wheeling and the spiders are welded, there not going to give like a limited slip would, therefore, when somethihg has to give, it will be other parts such as, u joints, hubs, axles whatever, unlike if you had a limited slip, it gives a little, and its not as hard on everything else.
     
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    A limited slip would seem like the way to go on a Dana 44, just don't think it is up to the pounding of being locked up. I have a trak-loc which isn't great but it definately helps out on the trail and I haven't broke any parts...yet /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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