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post #1 of 6 Old 02-14-2013, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about getting a spool

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?

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-14-2013, 06:51 PM
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Breaking lockouts.
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.

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-14-2013, 07:01 PM
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Basically, it'll be similar to having an engaged ARB with a stock style HPD30 (operational wise) when both of your hubs are locked in.

I use to hit the trails & when I got to the trailhead, I'd lock the Warn hubs & engage the ARB. Only during certain spots would I disengage the ARB. I liked it that way.

Yeah, tight turns aren't gunna happen on high traction spots unless you disengage a hub, but a driver who's aware of this can manage things accordingly.
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-14-2013, 07:11 PM
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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.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-15-2013, 07:05 AM
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My buddy ran a welded front third member in his Samurai. He also had manual steering. We would take turns jumping out and unlocking a hub when going up the mountain at Tellico.

You also had to make sure your arm wasn't in the wheel if you hit a bump, otherwise the wheel would kick back and would most likely break your arm.

Personally, I'd put a Lock-Right or other lunchbox locker in and be done with it.


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why not try a Lockright or a Spartan locker.

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