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Old 04-14-2010, 04:42 PM
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It sounds like I need to replace my front hubs on my 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 P/U. Thde choices are;
1. Aftermarket $190/side
2. OEM $265/side
3. Dynatrak freespin kit with replaceable bearings and locking hubs $2000 for both sides.
Any experience or ideas? Anybody know what's involved to install the Dynatrak?
If I go Dynatrak, what happens with the passenger side 2 piece axle and vacuum thingy?
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Theres nothing wrong with aftermarket bearings . Thats what I would use personally . The big thing facing you is getting the old hub assemblys removed . They will give you a fit . I'm not that familiar with the Dynatrak setup .
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Theres nothing wrong with aftermarket bearings . Thats what I would use personally . The big thing facing you is getting the old hub assemblys removed . They will give you a fit . I'm not that familiar with the Dynatrak setup .
I ended up going with SPYNTEK free hub kit. Very well made. You sure were right about getting the old hubs out. The driver's side came out after about an hour of beating with a 6 lb sledge but the passenger side was in there like it was welded. I hit that hub with the sledge for 5 hours and it never budged. After buying a roger-ramjet puller (which bent like a pretzel and did nothing) I had to get mad dog mean. I bought a 25 lb barbell weight from Dicks sporting goods. I then knocked out a wheel stud from the hub which left a hole. Then I bolted a three foot piece of threaded rod to the hub, slipped the weight onto it, and put a nut w/huge washer on the end. Sliding that weight down the rod until it smashed into the nut at the end was the ticket. From the time I got home with the weight untill that POS hub was on the ground was under an hour. Now I'm wrestling with the u-joints which were also rust welded in. I had to cut them out with a 90 degree grinder. This truck came from the shore and I think the salt took it's toll.
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Welcome to the wonderful world of corrosion! Glad to hear you were finally able to get the hubs off So how are the Spyntek hubs working for ya?
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Welcome to the wonderful world of corrosion! Glad to hear you were finally able to get the hubs off So how are the Spyntek hubs working for ya?
Not installed yet. I just got thru getting out the old ujoints. I'll start putting the puzzle together today. The Spyntek kit looks well made and well engineered. I'll post when it's up & running. I'm 62 & loaded with arthritis so speed is not an arrow in my quiver.
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I'm also very interested in this setup. Is the front end the same on my 07' 2500 as your 02' I wonder?? I dont have the fancy 4wd button just the standard on the floor lever and really wish I had locking hubs that I could unlock like my old F250 and Yota. So much nicer driving and should help with gas mileage.
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I'm also very interested in this setup. Is the front end the same on my 07' 2500 as your 02' I wonder?? I dont have the fancy 4wd button just the standard on the floor lever and really wish I had locking hubs that I could unlock like my old F250 and Yota. So much nicer driving and should help with gas mileage.
My 02 has the stick on the floor as well. I got dragged into this mess when my 4WD dash light wouldn't come on and in the course of troubleshooting I found the axle disconnect wasn't working (always locked in) and my POS throw away hubs were bad, one so loose it ate the ABS sensor. So faced with spending major coin just to end up with new junk, I decided to spend a little more and get a better engineered front end. I don't know if the same kit as mine (02) will fit your truck but Spyntek makes numerous kits for other trucks. Dynatrak makes these kits as well. One week and 1600 bucks ago I told my wife the dash light that was out was probably just a wire that fell off the transfer case. NO PROBLEM. Oops.
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Syntec kit is up and running for a few days. Great kit. Taking apart the old crap was a bear but the new Syntec parts went in easy. Front end is tight and quiet. Can't wait to check my fuel mileage now that all that stuff in the front axle isn't spinning anymore.
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