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Old 09-02-2015, 08:14 PM
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Manual hubs or no?

Second jeep but the newer one I have now does not have manual hubs. Old one did but curious as to your thoughts on manual hubs or no way?

I'm not sure how I feel about it. If I wanted manual on my 93 wrangler, what is needed and how involved is it?

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If it ain't broke don't fix it is my theory, automatic hubs have never affected me.

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I've had two vehicles with manual hubs and two with automatic. My vote is automatic all the way. When I go around a corner and am confronted with a sheet of ice, I want traction NOW!

The only time the automatic system ever failed in 26 years was because I cheaped-out and re-used an old retaining clip when reassembling a hub one time, instead of driving to town, over the mountain, wasting half a day, to get a new one. So instead, I wasted a half day digging out of the snow, then another day to re-do the job the right way. Oops.
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YJs and newer dont have an axle to wheel interface that is conducive to manual or automatic hubs. The axle shaft is splined directly to the unit bearing. It was replaced with a CAD system from 87 to 95 and then eliminated altogether 97 to present.

To install freewheeling hubs like a cj requires a kit that is expensive and complicated to install. Not worth it that I can see.
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YJs and newer dont have an axle to wheel interface that is conducive to manual or automatic hubs. The axle shaft is splined directly to the unit bearing. It was replaced with a CAD system from 87 to 95 and then eliminated altogether 97 to present.

To install freewheeling hubs like a cj requires a kit that is expensive and complicated to install. Not worth it that I can see.
^^^ This X2.

The hub conversion is over $1000 for the kit and the only advantage to having them is if you have the YJ set up for rock crawling. With a 1-piece passenger axle and a full locker in the case. Then you can unlock 1 wheel if needed to help steer with the locker engaged.
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^^^ This X2.

The hub conversion is over $1000 for the kit and the only advantage to having them is if you have the YJ set up for rock crawling. With a 1-piece passenger axle and a full locker in the case. Then you can unlock 1 wheel if needed to help steer with the locker engaged.
Not much of a practical reason it would be cheaper to run an ARB in front and release the wheel for turning with the flick of a switch
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To install freewheeling hubs like a cj requires a kit that is expensive and complicated to install.
Are you serious?

Your idea of complicated as compared to mine must be way different.

The first hub conversion I installed (a Warn hub conversion kit on a HPD30) took no longer than about 3 hours start to finish using basic hand tools & included 2-3 coffee breaks & some breakfast burritos.

Super easy IMHO.

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