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Old 07-10-2010, 09:02 AM   #1
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Can someone give me the low down on the warn manual locking hubs? I've been doing some research and it sounds like there a great addition. It's my understanding that if the hubs are left disengaged the front wheels will spin freely while the differential and front driveshaft will be completely disconnected and will not move anymore correct? In the winter say the hubs are left engaged, you can still control 4wd with the in cab shifter but when 4wd is off and the hubs are engaged it will rotate the driveshaft and diff. freely as it did before the hubs were installed (stock)

What are the pros and cons of the manual hubs, worth it?

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that's basically it. I plan on going to hubs on my jeep, but I wont pay that much for hubs. I can build a ford high pinion for that price. you can also change knuckles and run the old stuff, Reid racing has some.

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$150...not sure if that's for one hub or both though.
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:39 AM   #4
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Most people don't really need manual hubs. Their conversion kits are expensive to buy, they require upkeep, and they don't (as some ads say) improve mpg or power enough to be able to calculate or notice.

My stolen TJ and my present TJ have manual hubs but they are really primarily to be able to disengage the axles in case something breaks, axle shaft or ring & pinion gear, so the axle can still be driven on.

They are handy if you have a front automatic locker for when you want to be in 4Lo but you don't want the front locker engaged. Unlocking the front hubs then give you a "2Lo" mode which I ran a lot of trails in. 2Lo gives you the benefit of 4Lo's low trail speed without the increased steering effort a front locker gives on some trails.

For the >$1000 it usually costs to convert to manual hubs up front, they aren't really worth it for most offroaders. You certainly don't want to want them for better mpg or power because neither of those will happen.
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Good for flat towing too. Putting manual hubs on both front and rear axles allows you to flat tow it without the drivetrain moving.
But $$$$$$
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