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Old 12-14-2019, 07:00 PM
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Warn Disconnects on D30?

I run ECTED lockers, front and rear.

Having read some of the threads here, I'm wondering about running Warn disconnects on the front, in order to improve manners and reduce wear and tear?

I switched my 99 F250 to the Warns in place of the crappy auto stockers and I love them. No more worrying about whether they'll engage when I need them or not.

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You talking hubs right? If so with the ECTED what would you gain as the front is already "open" unless the ECTED is engaged. That and what parts would be needed to install lockable hubs. I know it can be done on a Dodge 2500/3500 4x4 with Chevy knuckle parts out, but a D30, can it be done easily enough?

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You talking hubs right? If so with the ECTED what would you gain as the front is already "open" unless the ECTED is engaged. That and what parts would be needed to install lockable hubs. I know it can be done on a Dodge 2500/3500 4x4 with Chevy knuckle parts out, but a D30, can it be done easily enough?
ECTED is LSD when not engaged. So free up the hubs when I'm not running trails.

There are kits, not cheap, but I plan to keep this Jeep for the duration, and it'd make it more versatile.
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ECTED is LSD when not engaged. So free up the hubs when I'm not running trails.

There are kits, not cheap, but I plan to keep this Jeep for the duration, and it'd make it more versatile.
Im familiar with the Eatons as I had an ECTED in the front of my CJ7. But as mentioned if its not engaged I dont think its worth a hub conversion to save anything. Just my $.02 worth.
Auto hubs are notoriously iffy. I had a few Blazers the end of the auto blew off when they engaged under load. I think Id rather have flanges then autos. I will confess my Pathy has autos and they work OK.....until they explode I too suppose.
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Im familiar with the Eatons as I had an ECTED in the front of my CJ7. But as mentioned if its not engaged I dont think its worth a hub conversion to save anything. Just my $.02 worth.
Auto hubs are notoriously iffy. I had a few Blazers the end of the auto blew off when they engaged under load. I think Id rather have flanges then autos. I will confess my Pathy has autos and they work OK.....until they explode I too suppose.

ECTED is Auburn, not Eaton. I don't know how the Eatons work, so I can't comment on them.

And yes, it's definitely limited slip when not engaged. Which I like on the trail. Most times I'm in 4WD, not engaged. I only engage in the toughest spots. But of course they're a little grabby in close quarters on the pavement, with the limited slip.

Yeah, I don't know if the conversion is worth it, given that it's going to remain primarily a trail rig.

Just seems like an interesting possibility to be able to select disengaged (at the hubs), limited slip or full engagement.
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Warn no longer makes the conversion kits for the D30 as I installed onto my previous TJ 15 years ago, they sold it to Yukon. If your front ECTED is not behaving as well as you like and gives steering feedback when you're in 2wd it may be worth your time to install one. You should know that clutch-based LSDs as the ECTED is are seldom recommended for the front axle if it's going to be driven on the street.

If you would rather switch to manual hubs than switch away from the ECTED as I would, you can get the Yukon version of the Warn hub conversion kit at https://www.morris4x4center.com/spin...rp-yawu07.html

The other often claimed benefits of lower wear and improved mpg with manual hubs are pretty much nothing more than old wive's tales where modern TJs and newer Jeeps are concerned. My TJ gets the same mpg whether my front hubs are locked or not, and you can replace a whole bunch of sealed unit bearing hubs like the factory installed for the cost of a conversion kit.
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Warn no longer makes the conversion kits for the D30 as I installed onto my previous TJ 15 years ago, they sold it to Yukon. If your front ECTED is not behaving as well as you like and gives steering feedback when you're in 2wd it may be worth your time to install one. You should know that clutch-based LSDs as the ECTED is are seldom recommended for the front axle if it's going to be driven on the street.

If you would rather switch to manual hubs than switch away from the ECTED as I would, you can get the Yukon version of the Warn hub conversion kit at https://www.morris4x4center.com/spin...rp-yawu07.html

The other often claimed benefits of lower wear and improved mpg with manual hubs are pretty much nothing more than old wive's tales where modern TJs and newer Jeeps are concerned. My TJ gets the same mpg whether my front hubs are locked or not, and you can replace a whole bunch of sealed unit bearing hubs like the factory installed for the cost of a conversion kit.

Good advice.

My Jeep will primarily be a trail rig for now, driven short road distances to local and regional trails. It runs fine at highway speeds as is, and is OK for trips around town, aside from some ratcheting/skidding in tight quarters, as is to be expected. I'll take the road shortcomings in exchange for the trail advantages.

MPG is not a concern of mine. Reduced wear would be OK, but I understand the tradeoff between replacing sealed hub unit(s) vs. the high cost of the conversion kit.

It'll be left as it is for now. I've looked at the Yukon kit, and I'm not convinced that it's worth the $$$ for my uses.

The other thing I've considered is that if I ever back off on rough trail riding, I may just pull out the lockers and put the diffs back to open set ups.
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