Originally Posted by KBR97
Any real bad drawbacks to welding the spider gears?
Well, you won't like how it drives on the street at all but it's fine on the trail. And the spiders aren't all that strong, it's possible to break one of them after welding (called a Lincoln Locker) which could really suck on the trail. If you really just want a spool in the back for pure offroad use, I'd go with either a mini-spool that installs like a lunchbox locker or a full-on spool that replaces the entire carrier. I would not convert the rear end to spool operation if your Jeep sees much onroad time.
After finally getting my new-to-me Rubicon's lockers working two weeks ago, I took the Jeep out for a test drive and tried locking the rear and then the front locker on the street. Locking the rear was bad enough and made a u-turn difficult (nearly impossible really) since air lockers don't disengage immediately after shutting them off. Locking the front locker locker made the locked up rear seem like nothing. I couldn't get out of a turn and had to drive up over a curb and nearly over someone's lawn to get straightened out enough to get the front locker disengaged.