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Unread 05-10-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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need new spider gears

So I just got my rig back home after being stuck up on a mountian called the Miller Jeep trail it was up there for three days. Just got the diff cover off and found out I need new spider gears in my open dana 44. The sheard off teeth explain all the chatter. So how hard is it to replace the spider gears on this and what parts kit do I need. If anybody outhere has some please let me know.

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Unread 05-10-2013, 09:07 PM   #2
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might be better off adding a lunchbox locker since your spiders are gone
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Unread 05-10-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
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how would a lunchbox locker act on the road this is my DD but I do wheel it pretty hard on the rocks
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Unread 05-10-2013, 11:16 PM   #4
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if I weld my spider gears will that get my rig back on the road and make my rear a lincoln locked rearend
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Unread 05-11-2013, 05:12 AM   #5
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Don't weld the spider gears for a DD. The on road handling would be pretty bad especially on wet days. It's not something you couldn't get used to but I wouldn't suggest it.
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Unread 05-11-2013, 07:34 AM   #6
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i need to get this old girl back on the road a cheap as I can where might I find a decent lunchbox locker for not to much money?? Also one that will not require me to have to set up the whole rearend. I would like to be able to do this on a sat and have it all done and back on the road a fast as is possiable
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Unread 05-11-2013, 08:47 AM   #7
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i need to get this old girl back on the road a cheap as I can where might I find a decent lunchbox locker for not to much money?? Also one that will not require me to have to set up the whole rearend. I would like to be able to do this on a sat and have it all done and back on the road a fast as is possiable
Lunch boxes pop in. No setting lash. Google Dana 44 lock right or Aussie locker.
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Unread 05-11-2013, 09:40 AM   #8
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there are a ton for the 44. i have a detroit ez locker- it is cheap and works but it bangs and locks and unlocks rough. i had a powertrax no slip in the rear of an xj cherokee and much quieter and smoother. i vote for a powertrax- it was easy to predict in wet and snow.
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Unread 05-11-2013, 03:52 PM   #9
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looks like I am going to be going with a Lock rite. Any feed back on those
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Unread 05-11-2013, 05:35 PM   #10
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most lunchboxes( lockrite, ez, spartan, etc) can bang when locking and unlocking. it wont be as smooth as an open but will have a ton of traction.
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Unread 05-11-2013, 05:44 PM   #11
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The cheapest route is just to find a set of used spider and side gears and swap them in.
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Unread 05-11-2013, 09:24 PM   #12
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The cheapest route is just to find a set of used spider and side gears and swap them in.
yes but I do wheel it pretty hard and could use the extra grip. how will it handle in the rain and snow?
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Unread 05-15-2013, 09:57 PM   #13
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How will it handle in the rain and snow?
Like a drift car.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 11:14 AM   #14
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Like a drift car.
I sort of agree as long as talking about the rear having a locker but not if just replacing the damaged spider and side gears with used parts.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 08:01 PM   #15
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Get a lunchbox locker! i went through 4 sets of spider gears in my AMC 20 in 6 months. After that i put an Aussie mechanical locker in it and i've done brake stands and doughnuts without any problems. just stay off the gas around turns or clutch because if you don't it'll grab and it'll feel like someone is pushing you on and off from behind. I've been to uwharrie 3 times this year and also went to a bog and made it where a chevy on 40s couldn't. People say lockers are bad on the road, but they're really no different than a limited slip, except they work better! Don't weld the gears unless you plan on drifting everyturn in town!
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