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Old 01-21-2011, 10:56 PM   #1
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Doesnt seem right to me

i have a 1995 YJ and just replaced the actuator on the front axle as the old one was cracked. I never noticed it before this past weekend when i got stuck on a snow bank. But only the the right front and left rear wheels were spinning when giving it gas. The left front and right rear were not engaging (spinning). Is that correct for a Jeep, i thought it would be all 4 wheels given power?

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Old 01-21-2011, 10:59 PM   #2
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Im not a YJ guy but this is pretty universal. Unless you have lockers the power gets sent to the tire w/o traction. So doesnt sound abnormal.

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Old 01-22-2011, 11:22 AM   #3
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He's right, that is how it works, if you want them all to spin you need lockers.
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:11 PM   #4
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stock yj's are realy only 2 wheel drive, 1 in the back-1 in the front...x2 on the lockers
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:33 PM   #5
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thanks for the info

So everyone that goes 4 wheelin with jeeps needs to put lockers on? how can the Jeep call this a 4 wheel drive then, makes no sense to me. I guess i will need to look into some lockers then. I purchased the jeep mainly for plowing a couple of driveways and thatís how i found out about the 2 driven wheels when i was pushing snow and got stuck, kind of embarrassing in a way.
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:56 PM   #6
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If it's mainly used for plowing and you want a cheap way out you could always just weld up the spider gears and lock the axles permanently..Not recommended for street use though.. Just an option.
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:20 PM   #7
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Whoever said that the jeeps 2 wheel drive was wrong...

anyways, the jeep has 2wd and 4wd. when you are in four, both front and rear axles are engaged. the power is split exactly 50-50 to each wheel/side. ALWAYS. they both always have the same power. the issue is that when one starts to spin, it will continue. usually your only getting one wheel in this situation. this is when a locker or limited slip comes it. it allowes your tire that is not spinning to get more power, because it "locks" the axle, so the one wheel wont spin and will make the power extenuate across the entire axle, so instead of 50 and 50 to each side its 100 to the whole. If that makes sense.

and I promise you this is normal. Just today I was stuck in snow, when offroading, and only two of my 4 wheels were spinning. I dont have lockers. tada.

If anyone wants to argue, just take a look around the forum and you will see that I am right.
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:24 PM   #8
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If your plowing your probably gona want a lsd not a locker because your gona be on and off of more solid ground when plowing. how deep was the snow you were plowing?! my jeep handles a good bit in 4wd. you woud have beter luck changing your tires out for something that handles snow/ice better than worry about a locker Id say.

and it is a 4 wheel drive. you get power to all 4 wheels. problem is idiots would go breaking their axles if they all had lockers and such stock, doing stupid stuff. it has its perks however. hopefully someone with better knownledge of the stuff will come along but Ill give yo what I know
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:51 PM   #9
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You don't necessarily have to get lockers or spider gears. You could just go to a junkyard and pull a Ford 8.8 out of a 97' Ford Explorer. It's way cheaper and you'll have a limited slip rear axle. I did and it works fine. One day I'll buy lockers, but there are other things I want to do first.

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