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Don't try this at home!!

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by JeepTJ, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. JeepTJ

    JeepTJ Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    WIth the 5' of snow so far this year, then the 50F temps, lots of thawing/melting has taken place. Since the ground is frozen the melted mess has no place to go but puddle up and refreeze. My driveway has lots of down slopes where I push the snow and hidden underneath are ice patches. It is easy to get my XJ "stuck" on the ice when trying to back up, even with four studded snow tires. 4WD is only 2WD without limited slip.

    Well it was bound to happen. While trying to reverse out of the downslope, something popped in the front axle (Dana 30). I took the cover off and found this: :dizzy:

    We don't need no stinkin' spider gears!! I replaced them with an Aussie locker. http://www.offroadlockers.com/

    What a difference it makes for getting "unstuck".



  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,920

    Well thas su@ks:realmad:

    Can I ask?
    What gear range? 4hi-4lo?

    Must have been trying to hard.:cry:.
    when a slipping wheel hooks up, you can snap or twist a lot of stuff..

    it looks like your a new career at least ,hows the case?
  3. Danscapes

    Danscapes Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Try welding the spider gears and making a true locker.
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,920

    :rolleyes:I don't think it would be balanced very well....

    welding that mess up.
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,511

    welding the spider gears don't work well on the front axle.
  6. JeepTJ

    JeepTJ Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    BTW, the lunch box locker seems to work great. Overall traction while plowing is much improved. It was about the same cost as the dealer quoted replacement spider gear set (although on-line quotes for the gear set were about 1/3 the cost.)

  7. JeepTJ

    JeepTJ Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    Yeah, I decided not to reply to that one!

  8. Midwest BuildIt Inc

    Midwest BuildIt Inc PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,280