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Spool or welded rear axle

I've read these threads:

https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showth...ighlight=spool
https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showth...ighlight=spool

My Unlimited X is not my daily driver but sees street time on the way to the trails. I assume that since I do not have a locker in the rear a spoll is not an option. If I were to weld the stock differential would my longer wheelbase decrease the amount of "negative" issues; ie. when turning?

I'm hoping to upgrade to a rear dana 60 in the future and am looking at a cost effective way to increase offroad performance without sinking a lot of money into my axle.

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Spool which you can run, or a welded diff is really a pita on the street. We welded a rear axle in a ranger and it's just hell on tires. Your wheelbase won't change very much, it'll hop and bark like crazy on light turns. Rain driving is pretty dangerous since unlike a detroit locker or something it won't free-up in turns. We have some guys out here that run their trail rigs the same way.

You can do it, I'd bet it lives (we did it on the 7.5" Ranger axle on 33s, 95& street driving). Most will say it's the work of the devil...but it's just annoying and eats up tires as far as I'm concerned.

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He's right.

Our rock buggy has a rear spool. Huge mistake. I should either have a Detroit or an ARB.

A lunchbox locker (Aussie, Lock-Rite, etc.) would be better, and although not the best, much better than a spool on a long wheelbase JK.


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He's right.

Our rock buggy has a rear spool. Huge mistake. I should either have a Detroit or an ARB.

A lunchbox locker (Aussie, Lock-Rite, etc.) would be better, and although not the best, much better than a spool on a long wheelbase JK.
Now that you mention your buggy, there have been many times that I have needed my axles to be unlocked to make tight turns and such. It's gotta be like driving a limo on the trail depending on the turns.

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Thanks for the input guys. Looks like I won't pursue this option.
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Now that you mention your buggy, there have been many times that I have needed my axles to be unlocked to make tight turns and such. It's gotta be like driving a limo on the trail depending on the turns.
I was riding with a friend in a YJ I believe that had a detroit up front and a spool in the rear. It took a mile to turn that thing. No way I would even consider a spool in the rear of a vehicle that sees street use.

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I ran a welded ford 8.8 in the back of my TJ for a few years...I drove it on the street alot and never really had any issues other then breaking the welds twice
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I ran a welded ford 8.8 in the back of my TJ for a few years...I drove it on the street alot and never really had any issues other then breaking the welds twice
We welded the spiders together, and the spiders to the carrier. There is a helluva lot of weld to break thataway!

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I "spooled" the rear locker in my Unlimited Rubi.
Just welded the collar over in the locked position permanently.
It is certainly tolerable on the street. A bit annoying at times. Blackens up my concrete driveway which is annoying....but the rain and hail washes it completely clean. It can be a handful on wet streets. Just be careful, as it likes to push the vehicle straight all the time. Snow and ice (on the street) is not fun either with a spool.
On the trail, I think it works great. No negative issues at all. Tire wear is also an issue on the street. If it's just a trail rig, I'd say weld it up and go crazy, you won't regret it. If you are street driving alot, don't do it.

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