well i just got a ford 8.8, and im beginning to build it up. ive got all the perches cut off, its been wire wheeled, so its ready for new perches, and paint. i want to lock it, and already have an aussie up front. problem is money is running short, and ive got some stuff coming up that will be expensive, but i also want the 8.8 to be in for some trips im taking this summer. yes it will put some wear on tires. but i work about 1 mile from my house, and the farthest trip i take on a weekly basis is to my girlfriends house which is about 10 miles away. so would the mini spool be a bad idea to have in for 2-3 months, before i go off to college.
I live 2 miles from work so I am going to do the same thing. I found a mini spool for around $85 at Jegs. I figure for $85 I can take a shot with it for a while and if I don't like it I can sell it to someone else. I have driven vehicles with lunchbox lockers in the rear and I know I don't want one of those.
I run a mini spool in the 8.8 thats in my daily driver YJ. It chews on my tires, but it is the most predictable diff ever. The traction is awesome, there is no wondering if it is locked, it just goes. It's not for everybody, though... I am going to replace it at teh end of summer with the OX Locker, to match the OX in the front.
guess lincoln locking it is out of the question ? i mean if your ditching the carrier when you do the selectable just weld it up right?? ..do you plan on going to a selectable ?.. Ive done mini spool for a buddy, welded diffs for a buncha buddies 8.8s, I'm actually running a really tight setup traclock in mine as a temporary till i can save for selectable but in all honesty i love it and it works good for the terrain, and im welded up front so maybe i dont notice any diffrence....that and so many other more pressing issues have come up on the jeep so moneys tight over here too.. not sure a lim slip would work for you if its mostly rocks you find yourself in, they work good in wet, snow, sand mud but serious crawlin will show how limited it is... just tossin out some food for thought.