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Old 01-25-2011, 07:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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locking hubs

hey guys, new to the forum and new to diesel trucks, so be gentle.
my question is: do they make a locking hub kit for our trucks? and would how much would it help us?
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes Danyatrac is one that comes to mind right off the bat. But there are other companys that make the kit to. Go onto the non-powertrain forum and do a search at the top of the thread list and you can see what others have said.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They are hella expensive like $2500 for the set and don't really seem to help out with the mileage that much from what I have seen. I would leave it stock. I could hit 20 mpgs with my truck and a bullydog tune.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah but just think you could throw her off in low and pull your house of your foundation, in 2 wheel drive.
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Or I could do like I did when I was younger with my K5 with 35's and decide to go mudding and drive in the hole in two wheel cause forgot about the hubs. I don't need to get out to put it in 4x4 and I like that. I can live with the rest. No house pulling for me.
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I've also thought about this as my truck has a 6" lift with indexing ring and Daily Driving seams hard on the front drive shaft u-joints when the shaft is turning all the time. Just seams a little too much $$$. to spend on that when I want to upgrade on other issues.
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Dynatrac, Spyntech, Ems offroad and now Yukon gear makes them, im sure I missed one. Anyone of them can be had for under 2k or well under 2k if you purchase it at the right time
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Dynatrac, Spyntech, Ems offroad and now Yukon gear makes them, im sure I missed one. Anyone of them can be had for under 2k or well under 2k if you purchase it at the right time
$1500-$1800 still buys alot of fuel. What are the real world gains of these things? Are we talking .5 MPG or 2-3 MPG?? I wish Dodge would have had hubs from the factory.
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$1500-$1800 still buys alot of fuel. What are the real world gains of these things? Are we talking .5 MPG or 2-3 MPG?? I wish Dodge would have had hubs from the factory.
I think a lot of guys just go with the hub conversion just to avoid the crappy design of the orignal bearing/hub unit. OME parts alone are close to 600 bucks i believe. Then throw in labor if your not gonna do it yourself. The aftermarket one such as the dynatrac uses bearing that are about 60 bucks if i remember corrctly. And im sure there gonna last way longer than the OEM parts. There are also other benifits such as now your front diff doesnt spin or fron driveline. That means less wear on U-joints and diff. I think i read somewhere that it gets rid of like 135 lbs. of roatating mass. Ive also heard the truck seems to turn easier.
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I think a lot of guys just go with the hub conversion just to avoid the crappy design of the orignal bearing/hub unit. OME parts alone are close to 600 bucks i believe. Then throw in labor if your not gonna do it yourself. The aftermarket one such as the dynatrac uses bearing that are about 60 bucks if i remember corrctly. And im sure there gonna last way longer than the OEM parts. There are also other benifits such as now your front diff doesnt spin or fron driveline. That means less wear on U-joints and diff. I think i read somewhere that it gets rid of like 135 lbs. of roatating mass. Ive also heard the truck seems to turn easier.


pretty much said it all right there . if you know for a fact you are going to keep your truck for a long time get it done . i plain on keeping my 03 for as long as i can and should have followed my own advice becuase in the 4 years i had the truck i went through 5 front bearin units , and 3 u-joints . if you get the free wheel kit none of the axles in the front will turn , and it does make for easier turning . its on my goodie list for this year .
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I'm glad I bought the dynatrac kit, it did save on the mileage a little but when I snapped my front driveshaft, I just unlocked the hubs and went. I also just blew out my pinion bearing up front recently, lots of squeaking, just unlocked it again. Theres is benefits for it. The double cardavan joint wearing out quickly with big lifts is another reason, and of course the stupid factory hubs too...
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$1500-$1800 still buys alot of fuel. What are the real world gains of these things? Are we talking .5 MPG or 2-3 MPG?? I wish Dodge would have had hubs from the factory.
I didnt buy the manual hub kit for any improvement in mpg. The little I gained I see as an added benefit.
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