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Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Martinsville, West Virginia
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I have the standard Warn hubs on my yellow truck, and have not been pleased... a snap ring on the back of them came off, causeing them to not lock in... fine, aside from the fact I had a tractor on the trailer, headed up a steep gravel road when it happened, and I REALLY needed 4x4 at the time... backing off the hill was alot of fun... NOT!
I hear Mile Marker hubs are quite good, and lower cost. I plan to get them for my red truck at some point, an early '99 clone to yours... which is a nice truck, by the way.
You asked about a kit "like the free wheeling hubs that were on the OBS"... were you refering to the lock-out hubs only, or the whole spindle/wheel berring/rotor assembly? That's the major diffrence in these trucks, the unit berrings used on the super dutys is not the fixed spindle/ rotating hub with adjustable tapered berrings like the old trucks. There is a kit that converts superdutys to that style hub/berring, but not normally needed unless you are lifted and big tires over 35's. Also cost about $1800, but it includes the lock out hubs! And the unit berrings, which can be had for around $180/ea. are easy as pie to change.
The wheels on your truck are odd... not the standard 8 bolt on 6.5" bolt circle that has been used for years on 3/4 and 1 tons, but an odd 8 bolt on 170mm specific to the superdutys... so wheels from '99 to '04 will fit your truck, in '05 they changed the back spaceing, and even though the bolt pattern is the same, without spacers, the tires sits too far inside the wheel well if you put newer wheels on the older trucks.
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