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Desert4x4
October 14th, 2017, 06:34
1999 XJ
5.13 gears HP30
Tires 35x12.5R15 Pro Comp Mud
Locking Hub Conversion

Should I lock this front Dana 30, since I have locking hubs?

xCWolf
October 14th, 2017, 06:44
Dana 30 on 35's? Get you some chromoly axle shafts first. or upgrade to something stronger.

Desert4x4
October 14th, 2017, 10:33
Dana 30 on 35's? Get you some chromoly axle shafts first. or upgrade to something stronger.

Sounds good.

How easy is it to break the dana 30 shafts with a locker. Does it just break when you are hopping tires and turning and basically beating on it? Cause I'm a very cautious and slow wheeler. Usually I can't keep up with anyone because I'm too busy trying to relax and enjoy the drive.

How is a front locker in the snow? I'm guessing it sucks front or back.

RCP Phx
October 14th, 2017, 10:54
What hub kit are you using? The D30 conversions do not recommend a tire larger that 33" ! Get a ARB for the snow in front, rear doesn't matter that much. Any condition that allows a tire to spin and then land at a different rate than the opposite can break something!

Desert4x4
October 14th, 2017, 11:12
What hub kit are you using? The D30 conversions do not recommend a tire larger that 33" ! Get a ARB for the snow in front, rear doesn't matter that much. Any condition that allows a tire to spin and then land at a different rate than the opposite can break something!

Makes sense. I have the Yukon (YA WU-07) kit. Seems OK so far. I haven't beat on it but have taken it on long trails already.

Desert4x4
October 14th, 2017, 13:29
So I got paranoid about the 33" tire limit, so I pulled my front wheels off and checked out everything. The wheel bearings are still good. There's no movement at all, and it spins freely. I guess they didn't crater after my 72 mile trail ride. :eeks1:

4x4JeePmaNthINg
October 14th, 2017, 14:22
ide be more worried about the pinion than the axle, ive got 4.56 and i cant imagine how tiny that 5.13 would be haha. however idk which is the weaker point at 5.13, 35s locked.

Desert4x4
October 14th, 2017, 14:44
The D30 pinion looked about half the diameter of the 8.25 pinion. Oh well! You know I hardly use 4x4 so hopefully I won't break it.

ide be more worried about the pinion than the axle, ive got 4.56 and i cant imagine how tiny that 5.13 would be haha. however idk which is the weaker point at 5.13, 35s locked.

Desert4x4
October 14th, 2017, 17:05
Is the locking hub going to be my weakest link in the dana 30 now?

Jeep Driver
October 15th, 2017, 04:46
http://aftermarket.auburngear.com/ected-max/dana-509.html

lazyxj
October 15th, 2017, 10:20
http://aftermarket.auburngear.com/ected-max/dana-509.html
I wasted my money on a D30 Ected several years ago.
The thing wore out within three years and never worked well as a true locker, being more like a very tight limited slip. The warranty wasn't worth s...t.
I replaced it with an E-locker, which still works fine.

I would consider a Truetrac, they work well in the front or rear axles.