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Unread 11-12-2009, 05:29 PM   #1
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Front axle spider gears welded, DD

I was just curious as how hard it would be on the front axle if i welded my spider gears together. it is a daily driver and i have the stock D30 w/ 4.56 gears. Im just wondering how hard it would be on the front end. I would go with a locker but i am on a limited budget.
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Unread 11-12-2009, 05:32 PM   #2
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It will be really hard on your front end, especially if you don't have a disconnect axle or have converted to a solid shaft. Expect to break a lot of U joints of you are running disconnect shafts. Welded front or rear is an awful idea for any DD, IMO.

Do you drive in the snow at all?
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it would be worth it to save the money for a locker. Your jeep would handle horrible,un-even tire wear, and you would lose the tight turning radius that wranglers are famous for
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It will be really hard on your front end, especially if you don't have a disconnect axle or have converted to a solid shaft. Expect to break a lot of U joints of you are running disconnect shafts. Welded front or rear is an awful idea for any DD, IMO.

Do you drive in the snow at all?
not much snow down south
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Unread 11-12-2009, 05:37 PM   #5
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i see that people are welding the spider gears if they have a disco front axle. the only problem i've heard of is that the disco parts breaking(fork,collar).
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I've also seen a lot of folks welding up the front. As long as the disconnect is operable (like everyone else said) you should be fine. The most problems I've heard about seem to be busted u-joints.
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yeah not a whole lot of snow down here. but i was thinking about a limited slip in the front but just curious about that. the aussie lockers seemed to be liked alot. is there any difference between the aussie's and a detroit?
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mines welded and i drive it everyday. as long as your axle disconnect works you don't even notice it.
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yeah not a whole lot of snow down here. but i was thinking about a limited slip in the front but just curious about that. the aussie lockers seemed to be liked alot. is there any difference between the aussie's and a detroit?
I wouldn't waste my time with a limited slip. I run a Lock-Right up front but I don't notice it because of the disconnect. However, I did get my front driveshaft straightened and balanced because of vibrations.
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Unread 11-15-2009, 08:39 AM   #10
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how much do the lock rights run for a d30
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