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Old 05-23-2013, 10:01 PM
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4x4 1 tire in front spinning 1 in back. stranded

so im out looking for a fishing spot, i go through this fairly deep mud hole, i had the hubs locked and made it through with ease.. on the way back, i go through the same mud hole but come to a complete stop, i get out and im high centered bad but my passenger tire is on very dry ground it isnt even burried.. hubs are still locked im in 4 high, and my driver side frnt and passenger rear are the only 2 tires spinning, i am in the middle of nowhere and ended up leaving my truck in the bush.. what should i be worried about replacing once my truck is pulled out im 6 hours from home but should be able to get parts

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Old 05-23-2013, 11:03 PM
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4 wheel low should load up the diffs enough to lock em.


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Old 05-24-2013, 12:06 AM
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Sounds like nothing is broken, you just need to have some lockers or good limited slip differentials installed in your axles!!!

With the stock open differentials, power only ends up going to one wheel on each axle when you get in the soft stuff. So it's not really a true 4x4 until you do this.
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:09 PM
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I got it out with a picker truck that had a 22000 lb winch but bent my steering stabilizer shock and it's leaking now, will I be fine to drive it? I've taken it up to a 100 km/hr no wobble but it's leaking fast
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:22 PM
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sounds like your steering stabilizers toast anyways.
as long as its not binding when you turn just wait tell you get home.

and ya these things are one wheel wonders lol factory lsd out back isnt the greatest. and front is open diff
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:19 PM
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thank you guys for all the help, everytime i turn to this website the advice has been phenominal
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4 wheel low should load up the diffs enough to lock em.
Low range has nothing to do with having open differentials.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:48 PM
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On my 2002 350, if I load it up using the throttle, they lock.


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Old 05-27-2013, 10:45 PM
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Then your truck isn't using stock differentials. For the diffs to lock under load you would need a mechanical locker. Ford has offered a limited slip in the rear but it doesn't lock under load. The closest thing Ford offers is a electronic locker IIRC in the 08+ trucks for the rear only but that doesn't lock under load, it's electrical. Ford has no options for the front other than the open carrier wich means the wheel with the least amount of traction will turn.
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if you put you brakes on slightly while giving it throttle, you might be able to equalize pressure between the two sides and get just enough traction to get out.

I used to do this all the time with my limited slip diffs when I needed a little more traction in the rear. put the e-brake on one click at a time while holding steady on the throttle and you might be able to get a 2 tire fire.

I few years ago I decided to go with a completely different truck that is set up better for off-road with a locker. the superduty is a great highway tow truck....
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