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Thinking eventually about putting a limited slip in the front. Had a truck once with lockers on both ends. Never again in Iowa, that thing was down right scary on ice. Had to put chains on the front just to get around! Mud, rocks rivers, hills it was great. Unless you were on a slick side hill, had to try to take the most direct line up or down. If it started spinning it would slide sideways to the bottom. With 4 wheels spinning there is none to hold you in place!

Rest of the truck is going to stay mainly stock other than I do want to put a winch bumper on it some time. And maybe some Mickey Thompson Classic III wheels if the have them in my backspacing.

Have a while to do it, the truck I traded in on my 2011 was a 1996, figure on keeping this one at least as long.
I had a jeep at one time with Detroit Lockers in both front and back. I had lockouts on the front so no big deal on the street though the rear did cause it to understeer if I wasn't careful with the throttle. Off road there were times when it did not want to turn, I can't imagine on an icy road. I decided to start using air lockers, they are much easier to drive with.
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I've had experience with both limited slip and lockers in the front end. Mostly in 3/4 and 1 ton trucks. You just have to remember what your using up front. I'm new to Ram so I don't know if you can get a limited slip for the front. Someone here with a lot more knowldege may be able to answer that question.
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Limited slip and lockers both mechanical and switched are available for the solid axle 2500 and 3500. As far as I know for the 1500 IFS non are available.
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Limited slip and lockers both mechanical and switched are available for the solid axle 2500 and 3500. As far as I know for the 1500 IFS non are available.

Thanks, guess that answers that question.
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Was poking around on other sites, found one guy that did not want to use the spacers. He found that if you buy one Spicer 5006813 u joint for the AAM axle and one Spicer SPL55-3X u joint for the Dana 60. Swap 2 caps between them you can make your own AAM/Dana 60 conversion u joint. The center cross is the same between them and the overall length is the same, the only differance is where the snap ring is machined on the cap. The AAM snap ring to snap ring dimension is 2.920" and the Dana 60 is 3.000". Sounds like this will only work on trucks up to 2009. That could be why they do not send spacers anymore. The u joints ar bigger on the 2010 trucks.
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Finally got the hubs put in, took about 8 hours by myself. Went very good, hubs only stick out 1.5" past the hub caps. Anxious to drive it on the highway. Can't believe the difference in the feel of the steering around town.
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Have not put a full tank throigh it yet but, driving my usual route to work the EVIC is currently showing a 2 mpg increase over what it normally ran. I am running cruise so I am not manipulating the numbers with throttle position. I know the EVIC is not a reliable way to get mpg but, figure it will be close to a representation of difference. One other thing I have noticed is that the truck does not down-shift as often or for as long when pulliing hills.
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Thanks the update. Considering this mod myself. Installed Warn hubs on a 1979 Blazer way back and it did indeed help the MPGs tremendously. Factory came axles locked like we have.

Did you notice much with the steering? Was remembering back that it also helped to eliminate the wandering the solid axle and locked hubs had.
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Thanks the update. Considering this mod myself. Installed Warn hubs on a 1979 Blazer way back and it did indeed help the MPGs tremendously. Factory came axles locked like we have.

Did you notice much with the steering? Was remembering back that it also helped to eliminate the wandering the solid axle and locked hubs had.
The steering is much lighter and feels more responsive. Noticed improvement in acceleration also. Not much of an improvement in fuel mileage in stop and go traffic in town. But, highway really surprised me.

Have heard from most people with diesels they only see about a 1 mpg increase in mileage if that. Figure it has to do with the additional torque the diesel has it is not working the motor as hardtop push the front end.

Took me about 3.5 hours by myself, would have been quicker if I had a press for the u-joints. Took a while to drive the stock ones out with a hammer drift and socket, then press them in with a 6" c-clamp. I always used my bench vice before to press in the u-joint caps. The u-joints on my 2011 is so big they would not fit into the vise. They barely fit into the 6"c-clamp.
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Figured out one more great advantage I found out tonight is shorter stopping distance. Had a person pull out in front of me, could not believe how much stronger the brakes felt. Wish I had a way to do a real comparison between stock and now. And, yes I avoided the idiot.

Previous post I put that it took me 3.5 hours for the swap, that should have been per side.
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