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Unread 01-09-2011, 01:11 AM   #1
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permanently locking front axle

today i permanently locked the front axle, by romoving the c clip on the vacuum actuator making the axle always engaged, is there any thing wrong with doing this?

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Unread 01-09-2011, 01:57 AM   #2
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iam not shure what youve gotta do to lock the axle on yours but..... the newer jeeps dont have axle disconnects at all ... ive owned newer and older styles and theres not difference driving in 2wd at all
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Unread 01-09-2011, 03:43 AM   #3
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the only thing you may experience is vibration since the front DRIVESHAFT on YJ's are not balanced.

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Unread 01-09-2011, 05:18 AM   #4
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mines locked that way and it doesn't hurt anything other than being hard on gas.
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Unread 01-09-2011, 05:46 AM   #5
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the only thing you may experience is vibration since the front axle on YJ's are not balanced.
Actually it's the front driveshaft that's not balanced on a YJ.
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Unread 01-09-2011, 05:56 AM   #6
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I've not experienced any vibrations,might just have got lucky though.If you do get a vibration I don't think it costs much to have the drive shaft balanced.For a more reliable fix either install a posi lock or tj axle shafts.There is a link on here somewhere on how to make your own posi lock.
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Unread 01-09-2011, 05:58 AM   #7
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the only thing you may experience is vibration since the drive shaft on YJ's are not balanced.
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Unread 01-09-2011, 07:12 AM   #8
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Some of the YJ's had a balanced front shaft but not many. I had mine straightened and balanced for $52. If you have more vibration than you want then I would go that route.
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Unread 01-09-2011, 07:19 AM   #9
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As long as you have the fork holding the collar engaging the axle fixed in position you will be fine. I have used a small screw to keep the fork from sliding or vibrating out of position. I have never experienced any driveshaft vibration but if you do, it is not a big deal to have the driveshaft checked and balanced. Any effect on gas mileage is minimal.
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Unread 01-09-2011, 08:46 AM   #10
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what does that mean when u shift into 4wd both tires will spin? or will they be spinning even in 2wd
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Unread 01-09-2011, 09:40 AM   #11
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Now you did reinstall the c clip right?
Just like this in this write up.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/v...ap-way-788543/
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Unread 01-09-2011, 10:10 AM   #12
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It works fine. Even the Chrysler engineer we had here on chat session once said it was ok.
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Unread 01-09-2011, 01:38 PM   #13
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thanks for the input guys i just wanted to make sure it wasnt going to prematurly wear out any parts or damage anything, yes i did the c clip trick as was done in that write up. i have notice a slight vibration around 40 but when i get up to 50 it goes away, but when i put it in 4wd i do get a more noticable vibration, that makes sence about the drivshaft being out of balance, that helps alot. i will have that balanced as Louie4 did. i plan on doing the posi lock eventually. i actually was doing a solid shaft conversion with cv axle shafts and after i went to put the shafts and carrier back in i found out the diff axle seal did not fit so i put it all back together and did this. i will do a writeup on the axle conversion soon
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Unread 01-09-2011, 02:37 PM   #14
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you might have some looseness your u-joints. Generally an out of balance driveshaft is not load sensitive.
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Unread 01-09-2011, 03:59 PM   #15
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i was thinking the same thing about the u joints, so far it feels good while driving. anybody have any clue why there might be a popping sound, it might be the u joints
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