i have a HP Dana 44 front axle and pretty sure im going to order a mini spool for a locker mainly because it will lock 100% its cheap and will only be in effect when the hubs are locked in. Does anyone have this setup? or know of any major negatives from it besides killing turn radius when locked in. Any thougts?
Really I have never ran a spool in the front but I do have a ARB.
When locked in it does not steer at all.
It would be a huge hassle having to get out and turn the lockouts at every turn.
Rear works great, front not so much.
That is unless you plan on doing full hydro steering at the same time.
93 YJ SOA 2" springs front, XJ springs rear w/main leaf added, High pinon 9 inch rear detroit locker front Dana 44 ARB 4.56 Gears, 36 inch Irok tires too much to list. www.mijc.org
As steering is a bummer with it on full lock (I have an ARB with manual wheel lockouts and choose to have the ARB unlocked as much as possible and only engage when needed), you might find yourself not using front axle power and only clicking in a wheel hub when you absolutely need the extra umph. This depends on your trail uses though.
Having the manual lockouts, with a spool, does allow for a "low cost" locker option.