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Possible to run a spool in the frt?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BLUESMAN, Dec 3, 2001.

  1. BLUESMAN

    BLUESMAN 1/2 ton status

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    I was thinking of running a spool in the frt.I just bought 3/4 ton diffs w/ warn frt. hubs.The rear is an 14 bolt...does anyone make a spool for it?The truck will be a daily driver(I only work 3 miles from home),but I was wondering what the pros and cons are for the front spool.Thanks.

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    Kinda sucks for turning. I wouldn't do it. Lotsa strain on the axle shafts.

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  3. Liberator

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    I'm running a mini-spool in the front. It's a pain in the butt! If you have money for a locker, buy one. Spool the front if you want to get locked the cheap way ($100).

    Bo

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  4. '73 K5

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    Don't expect to have fun on any kind of twisty trails. Your turning radius would be sick. But for straight-line mudding it might be worth it. Just depends on how you 'wheel.

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  5. 77Blazer

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    "dont forget to bring a towel"

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    How does a Tru Trac compare in the front? I think that I am narrowing my choices down to this.

    Mike


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  7. '73 K5

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    I think the ladies in your picture need a BIIIIIIIIIIIG towel. To cover up with. lol

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    If you run hydro assit steering you can run a spool and still be able to turn. But then you have to watch you u-joint because it puts alot of constant strain on them. also if you are worried about how it will drive back and forth to work, it won't matter at all unless you drive around with your hubs locked in all the time.
     
  9. Liberator

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    But for straight-line mudding it might be worth it.

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    If you're only running in the goo, a spool is great. There isn't much affect on the turning radius. As soon as I hit the harder stuff it sucks!

    Bo

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  10. '73 K5

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    How do you mean there isn't much affect on the turning radius? That is usually the whole reason people avoid spools and lockers up front.

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  11. Leadfoot

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    I think he was referring to the mud and goo. In soft conditions it can actually improve turning radius (compared to open diff), but as soon as you hit the normal terrain turning becomes difficult and turning radius is increased.
    A word of caution is that 10 bolts and D44s don't take too kindly to spools or lockers in traction situations. They have a tendancy to blow u-joints and stub shafts. It all depends on what your intended purpose(s) of wheeling are.

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