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My poor 7.3....

Had to get rescued by two jeeps today.... I failed her lol...

So story goes... 9:30 last night, I get a text from a loudmouth type I know that has a stock Cherokee. Says it can go anywhere, that type. Well loudmouth took his jeep into an old swamp, there is no bottom to the holes there, but grass grows on top so if you don't walk ahead you get sucked in...

He offers me 50$ to yank him out, so out I go I kind of know the trail and I figure I would get the chance to bug a jeep owner. Well....

He was stuck in a decent spot, he went off the trail and didnt get far I had good ground to pull from. I after lifting the back end of that poor jeep up over and over my 4" strap snapped.

By this time it's late and dark I told him good luck and left... I thought I went back the way I came but I was about a foot and a half over, making all the difference in the world.

Happened at night, I slept in the truck and waited for some other buddies of mine... got a solid 7 hours. I have some night shots but it hadn't moved.







i was stuck good... I'm kneeling infront of the truck in that last picture.

This is what it took to get the front up, 2 jeeps one with a winch the other just being an anchor... 10 000lb winch wrapped 3 times it still barely took it. So instead of getting to bug a jeep owner.... 2 others ones get to bug me


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Looks like that slick,greasy mud that fills up the tread. I could not even tell those were MTR's! Hey, at least you tried and got to go camping out of the deal!

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Hey, it happens to is all. I buried mine last year and had to get an OBS sled puller with 1k lbs in the bed to pull me out. Best part: it happened in my front yard


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oh yeah it was I couldn't believe it the tires instantly turned to slicks and even out on the highway it took 15 minutes to stop throwing chunks

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looks like its time for a locker! but that did look pretty soft.

these trucks are so heavy in the front. makes it difficult to get out of situations like that.

i cant wait for the snow.


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I just ordered a full spool and Yukon master kit for front. The rear will get the LSD rebuild and stacked tighter

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I just ordered a full spool and Yukon master kit for front. The rear will get the LSD rebuild and stacked tighter
A spool is a mechanical locker for the diff, correct?

You should try to find a used Dana60 out of an 03 or 04 and upgrade it. That is my plan eventually.

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A spool permanently connects both axles shafts, by replacing the whole carrier. There isn't a need for a locker in the front. Benefit of having lockout hubs, lock both on a trail, lock one for driving in snow on road that's the nice part of a spool.

And I'm not going to bother with a d60 upgrade until I break this. 9/10 times you snap the knuckle joint and it's the same between the two so I'm not worried. Adding a spool is taking the whole weaker carrier out of the equation

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I thought the weak point of a D50 was the axle shafts themselves since they are necked down at the carrier.

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A spool permanently connects both axles shafts, by replacing the whole carrier. There isn't a need for a locker in the front. Benefit of having lockout hubs, lock both on a trail, lock one for driving in snow on road that's the nice part of a spool.

And I'm not going to bother with a d60 upgrade until I break this. 9/10 times you snap the knuckle joint and it's the same between the two so I'm not worried. Adding a spool is taking the whole weaker carrier out of the equation
I would not put a spool in the front of my truck without upgrading other parts, you will start to blow your U-joints up and strip shafts. Also what is the point of having a locker if you have to leave one hub unlocked???? 1 tire will spin freely no matter what as the other just sits there doin nuthin. And on the trails when you have both locked, you will not be able to turn, especially if you air your tires down.

I would save some extra cash and either get a selectible locker that replaces the whole unit, or a lunchbox locker that replaces your spider gears. These will actually allow you to be able to turn without unlocking one of your hubs.

I do a lot of 4x4ing and the only people i know that have spools in the front are guys that trailer their rigs only and have full hydro steering so they can actually turn their tires, and not one of these people has a 1,000 LB motor sitting on top of their front axle....

For the rear, my buddy is a ford tech and has shimmed the rear limited slip a few times so that they are tighter like you mention and they work more like a locker when you do this so i think this is a good cheap way to get a decent locker in your rear end. .

In the end its your truck and can do whatever you want, just wanted to point out some issues with a front spool.

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