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Locking the front axle

I was regearing my truck was thinking about putting a spool in the front but wanted some of you guys input? Which brand is good and strong enough to hold 40's?
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All spools are pretty stout. And with lock out hubs youll be ok but there is NO slip to a spool what so ever..... I have broken alot of parts with locked and spooled front and rear ends.

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If I did go a spool what about turning with the hubs locked would it be hard to turn? And if not a spool what would you recommend?
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Yeah, u wont turn much with a spool and the hubs locked. An arb locker would be a good choice.

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I was regearing my truck was thinking about putting a spool in the front but wanted some of you guys input? Which brand is good and strong enough to hold 40's?
The spool itself will hold up to 40's, no matter which you choose. But are you sure you want to spool the front? Unless this truck is PURELY a wheeling rig, I would stay away from a spool. And even if it's only for wheeling, you probably still won't be happy with a front spool. I have lots of experience with this kind of stuff, and trust me, you'll start breaking lockouts and axles! And, you'll also wreck steering boxes and you'll be fighting with the wheel all the time to steer the truck! It's not fun!!

Tell us more about the purpose of your rig? Maybe I'm wrong and a spool is suitable for you.

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The spool itself will hold up to 40's, no matter which you choose. But are you sure you want to spool the front? Unless this truck is PURELY a wheeling rig, I would stay away from a spool. And even if it's only for wheeling, you probably still won't be happy with a front spool. I have lots of experience with this kind of stuff, and trust me, you'll start breaking lockouts and axles! And, you'll also wreck steering boxes and you'll be fighting with the wheel all the time to steer the truck! It's not fun!!

Tell us more about the purpose of your rig? Maybe I'm wrong and a spool is suitable for you.
Yea I did more research on the spool and that's not the way I want to go I use the truck as my dd but offroad quite a bit but road time is 60 to 70% and off road playing time more like 30 or 40% max. A buddy actually said to spool it but it sounds rough on the truck the whole way around it
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Yea I did more research on the spool and that's not the way I want to go I use the truck as my dd but offroad quite a bit but road time is 60 to 70% and off road playing time more like 30 or 40% max. A buddy actually said to spool it but it sounds rough on the truck the whole way around it
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just pop a lock-right in there and call it a day.

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You will have a terrible steering radius with a spool in the fron if your hubs are locked. I will agree that an ARB would be the ideal set up (onboard air is always a plus) but not cheap. If it was me personally I would do a detroit or someting similar in the rear and go with a good after market limited slip up front, especially for a daily driver.
What kind of off roading are you doin? Any locker in the front with 40's, and your gona want to start looking at hydraulic steering.

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You will have a terrible steering radius with a spool in the fron if your hubs are locked. I will agree that an ARB would be the ideal set up (onboard air is always a plus) but not cheap. If it was me personally I would do a detroit or someting similar in the rear and go with a good after market limited slip up front, especially for a daily driver.
What kind of off roading are you doin? Any locker in the front with 40's, and your gona want to start looking at hydraulic steering.
I have ram assist steering with aftermarket steering box. Far as wheeling goes mostly climbing like rocks powerlines and that stuff very little mud unless there is no way around what about the lock right Nathan was taking about that looked pretty good? The arb is nice but that's just out of my price range right now
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