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Old 04-05-2013, 06:45 PM   #31
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Why spend all that money on the axles and then rely on BLD? It is very limited on what it will do.
The only positive I have heard (through my limited understanding of diffs/axles as they pertain to offroading is that keeping your diffs open (especially on stock D30s and D44s) allows an extra margin of safety in terms of breaking something.

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The only positive I have heard (through my limited understanding of diffs/axles as they pertain to offroading is that keeping your diffs open (especially on stock D30s and D44s) allows an extra margin of safety in terms of breaking something.
Open diffs give you lateral stability. Imagine you are driving across a slick hill (perpendicular to the grade). With lockers or LSD, both wheels on a given axle will spin, this tends to cause that axle to want to slide downhill (dynamic coefficient of friction). With an open diff, one wheel is generally moving at the same speed as the surface (static coefficient of friction) and this helps prevent you from sliding down the hill.

I read a scientific paper somewhere about a technology that disconnects the rear locker when it detects yaw exceeding a certain value, I can't remember for sure but I think it was Ford looking at adding that to their trucks.

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Not sure why not putting lockers in my rig is such a big deal to other folks ???

I don't need them, so why install them ? Why this is so hard to understand for some ???

4.88's are right on for my situation, maybe not yours, but for mine its what I need. I tow allot and rarely see interstate speeds.

Gussets and sleeves are a no brainer, for me and my situation... We romp around allot of old chopped up rice fields and crawfish ponds, may not be rocks but things get bounced around quite a bit.

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I don't think they are saying "you should put lockers in." It seems that some of your mods (ie gussets) are indicative of you doing some heavy wheeling, which usually requires lockers. If you are not planning on lockers since where you wheel doesn't warrant them, and you have been able to wheel without issue (basically a similar situation as myself) why waste the money on things you don't need like gussets? I think that was their only point, as they were just trying to help and make sure you are not wasting your money by listening to a shop or whomever. I don't think they had any ill intent, just a misunderstanding.
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I don't think they are saying "you should put lockers in." It seems that some of your mods (ie gussets) are indicative of you doing some heavy wheeling, which usually requires lockers. If you are not planning on lockers since where you wheel doesn't warrant them, and you have been able to wheel without issue (basically a similar situation as myself) why waste the money on things you don't need like gussets? I think that was their only point, as they were just trying to help and make sure you are not wasting your money by listening to a shop or whomever. I don't think they had any ill intent, just a misunderstanding.

No hard feelings on my part Life is too short to sweat the little things !!! Work hard and play hard

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