There's no vacuum lines to connect or some kind of solenoid to run a new
Admittedly, I only want the convenience of not having to lock the hubs
in myself; is there an advantage manual hubs have over auto?
Auto hubs DO work in reverse...they are actuated off of pressure, NOT
direction! Forward or reverse, they DO work if everything is clean and
functioning. The advantage of manual hubs is that there is no question when
they are locked and unlocked. Auto hubs got a bad rap when they get wheel
bearing grease in them and hang-up either locked or unlocked. I like manual
hubs for warmer weather when I am going to be doing allot of hard
off-roading and auto hubs for winter weather(I live in NW Iowa) when I just
don't want to get out in the cold and usually only might need them for
100ft...getting out of the driveway, getting someone unstuck, etc...
It ALL comes down to personal preference...and the fact that auto hubs
DO require at least a once a year cleaning.
Transfer case in neutral!!! If its in neutral there is no load from the
front axles to the hubs. I have run auto hubs for years and I KNOW they work
in reverse! So do many people I have known over the years.
And by the way, you can unlock them by going forward to with little
trouble...and going 60MPH!
if they 'unlock under no-load', they cannot work both forward and backwards
one or the other direction will make them unlock
think about it
"Shades" <shades_1970(at)netins(dot)net> wrote in message
WOW, after all this time reading your awesome posts in this NG your true
maturity comes out.
They work no matter what your inexperienced, uneducated opinion about
them might be. I and millions have used them over the years and for years
and THEY WORK! Forward AND backward because they are actuated by load! The
ONLY reason they have a bad name is because they don't work when dirty
Complain and belittle all you want, it wont change the facts!
Have a nice day!
I think I'm with Shades on this. Manual for the warmer weather and
harder driving. Auto in the cold for the convenience. When I switch
them out I can clean and maintain one set while the other set is on.
I'm also looking forward to seeing first hand how they come apart and
fit back together.
Now, to find a good set at the junk yard. How much should they cost??
I wouldn't pay any more than $50 for a good pair...make sure you get
EVERYTHING! Also, make sure you test them immediately and that they will
take them back if they don't work! Get stainless steel hardware to use for
ease of removal.
"Jacob J. Hall" wrote:
> Hi All,
> Can I convert my manual locking hubs to automatic without a
> kit? Maybe
> by going to the junk yard and puchasing auto locking hubs from
> a truck
> of the same frame and year?
What do you use the 4WD for - snow covered roads - off roading.
Theres nuthing worse than catching a piece of brush, having the vacume
line damaged or detached and losing your 4wd on the trail. If you use
the truck for off road I strongly recomemd manual hubs, you might have
to get out and lock them (or as i do make the passenger do it) but at
least you know it will be there when you need it.
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