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switching to locking hubs??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by smprider112, May 12, 2004.

  1. smprider112

    smprider112 1/2 ton status

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    I have an 85 with the stock 10bolts and it still has the stock automatic hub engagement on it....Im wondering should I switch this out for manual hubs or is it reliable enough to keep running?? and if I should swap it out how hard is it to do??
     
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    Yep, throw those autos in the trash! Get some Warns and call it good.
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    The generally accepted wisdom is that the auto hubs SUCK. I've never seen a working set /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    You'll need an Allen wrench (hex head) and a set of snap ring pliers... but it's eeeeeeeeeeasy, you don't even need to take the wheels off or jack the truck up.

    Also handy to have a dentist's pick, as I recall. If you've never done it and are only mechanically inclined enough to change your oil, figure an hour worst case. Once you've done it, it's a ten minute job the next time /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

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    sweet....any locking hubs will work right?? these things are as good as gone then /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    I just grabbed some stock Spicers out of the bin at the local wrecking yard. $20 I think, have worked for YEARS with no problems, and they were already probably 20 years old when I got them.
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Well "any will work" is a bit vague. You need a set that matches your particular axle -- Dana 44 internal hubs won't fit an external Dana 44, nor a Dana 60.

    OTOH, internal D44 and Corporate 10-bolts use the same hubs. I'm a big fan of the Warn Premiums; cost a bit more, but more metal /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Actually, when I bought my last set, 4WPW had the Premiums for less than the regular ones /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif so I was happy. I think I paid $75 or so to my door.

    There's also Milemarker, and the OE Spicer ones... maybe one more brand that I'm forgetting.

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    cool thanks a bunch guys!! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    Bought Warn Premiums from Desert Rat for $80. Easy Install.
     

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