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post #1 of 5 Old 02-04-2004, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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installed locker last night...but scared...should i be??

I installed my front locker last night...but i'm really scared that i'm going to break something now. I tested that sucker out by climbing a tree...yes..climbing a tree. There aren't very many rocks and stuff where I live so...that's about as best as I could do. Is there a good chance of breaking an axle or axle u-joint by just climbing stuff like that...or like little boulders or someone elses tire? Also...does it really put a lot of stress (ABOUT TO BREAK) when the wheels are turned? I run 33x13.50 and have the dana30 front. Thanks. locker in the back yet.


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post #2 of 5 Old 02-04-2004, 10:16 PM
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That Dana 30 will be fine with 33"s. A friend of mine has a 4.0 YJ with a Detroit up front, 4:56s, and 35"s TSLs. He has a crazy right foot - he goes through a U-joint every few months, but I'm sure that with 33"s and care you'll be ok. This friend of mine is more of a "Floor it now - fix stuff later" kind of driver.

Also keep in mind that down in AZ the trails are just crazy with rock obstacles. Any obstacle down here is definitely maxing it out as far as torque stresses are concerned.

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Well, I would like to say I know JackaL in real life. ( Talk about a ugly whiteboy) Anyhow, I think you guys should give him opinions because he doesn't know what he's doing.

Plus he ditches me and testing out the locker... for his 'girlfriend'

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Remember that the u-joints are at their weakest when the wheels are turned to the left or right and you should be ok. My u-joint busted and took the passenger-side axle shaft with it when I attempted to crawl over a boulder on Sledgehammer when I forgot my steering wheel was still cranked all the way over after having been parked in that position for 15-20 minutes.

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Try to apply the skinny pedal when going in a straight/semi straight line. If you must turn sharply with that locker, just take it easy when engaged and you'll be OK. Happy trails! Time to get the rear locker now!

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