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Old 07-11-2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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Ok so getting ready to buy a locker for my front and a different rear end. I'm curios what's my better option for front end and rear end without spending too much money. Gonna buy a new locker for the front end, and a new rear end either a ford 8.8 or a Dana 44. Please help and let me know pros and cons this is not my DD either although it is licensed for the road, just a play toy. Thanks in advanced! Also should I just keep my front end and lock it or put a 44 or something stronger up front?

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For street use and off road and fairly low cost I like the Detroit True track in front axles. No funny locker quirks to deal with. For a rear axle the Ford Expedition 8.8 gets the nod over a D44 and still has the same lug bolt pattern, disk brakes, and LSD is common. If you aren't worried about wheel bolt pattern then a Ford 9" is much stronger than the 8.8. but requires some fabrication to mount up. For a rear posi again a true track is a good choice. If cost isn't such a factor then an ARB, OX or other selectable locker would be the choice in both axles. Detroit lockers are very good units but they can have some bad manners when street driving especially in short wheelbase vehicles like Jeeps. The lunchbox lockers like Aussie, lock-rite, etc are cheap but are not as strong as a Detroit locker and have similar bad manners on road. For a front axle a leaf sprung Ford or Jeep D44 is a good choice up to about a 37" tire.

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Ya I've read a few things that a lunchbox is a cheap locker but should hold up for me, no doing and competition shit or anything. Think im gonna go with the spartan. And yes definitely going with the 8.8 in the rear. And yes trying to stay as cheap as possible. Now another question, for going with this set up, would a sye kit be a good idea or a waste of money keeping the Dana 30?
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If your talking wheels and tires I'm keeping what I have which is 33 1250 on a 15x8 wheel.
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SYE has nothing to do with your front diff. It will make the stock 231 t-case a bit stronger as the stock slip yoke style output is its biggest weakness.
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For street use and off road and fairly low cost I like the Detroit True track in front axles. No funny locker quirks to deal with. For a rear axle the Ford Expedition 8.8
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Dana 30 with a Spartan locker will handle 33" all day long. Zero need to spend money on that. Save you money for the TT and the SYE/CV.
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Dana 30 with a Spartan locker will handle 33" all day long. Zero need to spend money on that. Save you money for the TT and the SYE/CV.
What are you referring to when you say TT?
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Tummy Tuck or transfer case skid lift.
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Tummy Tuck or transfer case skid lift.
Ah gotcha.
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Yes the hunt is now on for a 8.8 with 4.10's and disc brakes. Wish me luck! Lol
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Yes the hunt is now on for a 8.8 with 4.10's and disc brakes. Wish me luck! Lol
Anybody in St. Louis Mo area have one for sale?

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