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Thought I had a Detroit, Turns out it's a Gov Bomb

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MTMike, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. MTMike

    MTMike 1/2 ton status

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    When I was out pounding snow drifts this weekend, my would-be Detroit would disengage at all the wrong times, or allow 1 tire to spin slower than the other.

    So when I got home I jacked up the back and thanks to some advice on here via the Search button, I found that I could test what kind of locker it is by turning the wheels. Sure enough, as I spun 1 tire, the other went in the opposite direction until I started to feel some resistance, then the other tire slowed, and then start spinning forward with the one I was turning. A clear indication of a Gov Lock according to several posts made in here in the past.

    Upon this news, I called my buddy who happens to have a spare open 14bff Diff and a welder, and he's gonna Lincoln Lock my 14b for me until I can come up with $400 bones for a detroit. Thanks Joe!
     
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    sapper 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    If I were to do it agian I would stick with the welded rear end and spend the money on a detroit for the front. Now they have spools for under 200 bucks too, another good idea.
     
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    Don't that suck. I'm sure you'll be happier knowing you are locked now :D
     
  4. Esteban86K5

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    Yup, as long as it's a good weld job, I would save my money for something else. I have actually been thinking of taking my detroit out and selling it so i can buy other much needed parts. Then just welding the spiders up.
     
  5. MTMike

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    The thing is I have a bunch of other sh*t to buy for the truck (rear disc conversion, winch controls & accessories, possible k5 body swap) and running even another $200 by her will send her through the roof :D Gotta keep momma happy, so I'll run welded for a while.

    The truck's a trailer queen anyways so I'm not that concerned.

    Can you tell me more about spools? How do they work, how do they compare to detroits?
     
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    Spools replace the spider gears. Or I believe you can buy one that replaces the whole carrier. It is like having your spider gears welded, but its a solid piece or metal. Just locks both shafts together.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Esteban86K5

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    The picture above is a mini spool that goes inside your stock open carrier. A full spool replaces your entire carrier. Both will not allow your tires to turn seperately like a detroit does when it's unlocked. But if your truck is a trail only vehicle then it really doesn't matter if your tires rotate seperately or not. The detroit is made to disengage for street friendly manners.
     
  8. Esteban86K5

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    Another thing to consider when you thinking of mini spool or full spool is that with a full spool you will need your gers to be reinstalled to proper specs. If you just install a mini spool you can do it without worrying about throwing out the specs of the gears.
     
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    Here's a full spool for a 9" Replaces the whole carrier like esteban said

    [​IMG]
     
  10. goldwing2000

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    E-mail me if you want to sell that Detroit!
     
  11. sled_dog

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    even if he just replaces the gov-bomb carrier with an Open he should resetup the gears... there is no garauntee that the carriers are exactly the same in everyway.
     
  12. Esteban86K5

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    Yup, forgot that he was thinking of replacing it.

    You can also just weld up the gov bomb and slap it back in there.
     
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    I like both my detroits.. I was gonna weld too as I have a spare set of spiders...

    however just like everything else... it is an investment.. plus unlocking while cornering on the pavement is a nice feature :haha:
     
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    Are there pictures of this process around here, do you know?

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
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    Do a search on here and on Pirate. I think I may have seen one on Google too.
     
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    open carriers are plentiful enough that personally I'm gonna weld it all up and if I find I want some unlocking I'll get an ARB or another open carrier to put a detroit in. I mean, I can pick up 14 bolts easily for $100, probably get a carrier for pocket change.... wait I think I have a spare open carrier... ha.


    Oh and as for welding a Gov-Bomb, Jjlaugner is the one who first did it around here. I can't help more than that.
     
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    Come on Mike, nut up for the new ARB 14FF locker. Then install cutting brakes. Sweet.
     
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    When I start sh*tting gold nuggets, we'll talk, until then...... :D
     
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    any body got pics of a welded gov bomb?
    thanks,
    James
     
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