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Unread 09-15-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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Locking Hubs

Is it possible to install locking hubs on my front axle? and if so has anyone done something like this and what kinda work does it entail? I assume it would help a little with MPG, and maybe with wear and tear on the front diff/axles. If most other 4WD rigs have them why not Jeep?

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Unread 09-15-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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Jeep used to have them, like other manufacturers used to have them. No one does anymore
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Unread 09-15-2013, 07:52 PM   #3
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why not any more? Would installing a set do me any real good?
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Unread 09-15-2013, 07:55 PM   #4
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There was a kit made by Warn (?) for the YJs. It was very expensive, and is no longer available. I haven't seen one in 8 years.
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Is it possible to install locking hubs on my front axle? and if so has anyone done something like this and what kinda work does it entail? I assume it would help a little with MPG, and maybe with wear and tear on the front diff/axles. If most other 4WD rigs have them why not Jeep?
Warn used to make a conversion but I do not think they make them anymore.
Mile Marker makes one and so does Alloy USA.
Here is one made by Yukon.
http://completeoffroad.com/i-2757088...s-yawu-07.html
You will also have to replace the inner axle shaft if you are not running 297 u joints.
You are looking at $1000.00 or more. Thats alot of gas!
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There are kit's out there, but you would be better of using a Dana 44 or 60.
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Unread 09-15-2013, 08:19 PM   #7
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Ya ive been looking at the kits all night, and reading up on the ups and downs. As for front axles what is good upgrade for mild off road use?
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Unread 09-15-2013, 08:21 PM   #8
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Your stock front axle disconnects the passenger shaft and saves gas by not turning the front driveshaft.
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Locking hubs are dinosaurs, and there's a reason they're extinct.

What's the problem with keeping the Dana 30?

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Unread 09-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #10
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Your stock front axle disconnects the passenger shaft and saves gas by not turning the front driveshaft.
Sorry, but I'm not buying that.

Typically, YJs with 4.0/manual transmissions & CADs get around 15 MPG, this is almost certain.

Oddly enough, similarly equipped TJs without CADs get the same MPG.

Just saying, don't drink the Kool-Aid.

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Unread 09-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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the small 5 on 4.5" bolt pattern of the YJ doesn't leave a lot of room for a locking hub assy., so the ones that are (or were) available aren't as strong as the ones for larger diameter hubs/wheel bolt patterns

ETA: but Max I miss the manual locking hubs that I had on my CJ...there was just something about getting out at the head of the trail, airing down and turning the hubs, that I liked
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Unread 09-15-2013, 08:41 PM   #12
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My jeep came with the warn hub conversion. I likely as it is a simpler setup than the cad. There is less chance for error with the cad removed. If I had to do it, I would dump the money into a hp 44.
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Sorry, but I'm not buying that.

Typically, YJs with 4.0/manual transmissions & CADs get around 15 MPG, this is almost certain.

Oddly enough, similarly equipped TJs without CADs get the same MPG.

Just saying, don't drink the Kool-Aid.

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As I don't dare disagree with you I'm going to compare apples to apples. My jeep with the cad got 2 more mpg than when I swapped it for a solid shaft. Overall, I think the big picture is "Don't buy a jeep if you're going to worry about gas mileage". On a different note, how are the Mosquitos down there? They made the news.
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As I don't dare disagree with you I'm going to compare apples to apples. My jeep with the cad got 2 more mpg than when I swapped it for a solid shaft. Overall, I think the big picture is "Don't buy a jeep if you're going to worry about gas mileage". On a different note, how are the Mosquitos down there? They made the news.
I'm pretty sure that a 2 MPG difference can depend on how you're feeling that day, or what tunes you're listening to. Either way, in my opinion it's negligible.

Not worth spending $$ on, really.

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Unread 09-16-2013, 07:35 PM   #15
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wow that took off what does CAD stand for. And I also enjoyed getting and locking in my hubs. besides the Dana what other front axles can i swap in??
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