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Old 12-18-2012, 11:39 AM
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hey guys and gals i reciently got a build sheet for my truck and noticed that i donot have a front locking diff does anyone have a factory front locker? and what would u reccommend for a locking setup i would like to have the facotry setup if possible i m planning on doing some 4x4 fun this summer and dont wanna get stuck needing front diff traction and not having a locker
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:09 PM
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I've not seen or heard of a factory front locker in the 1500 series, only on the Power Wagon which uses a straight axle.
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I've not seen or heard of a factory front locker in the 1500 series, only on the Power Wagon which uses a straight axle.
oh ok tyvm for the reply
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I have a 2012 Laramie 1500 and I'm pretty sure it has a front locking diff. Well it has 4x4 lock on my console not to sure if It's front and back, or just back. Someone should be able to help.
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4x4 lock is simply in 4x4 rather than auto 4x4. There is no locker available for the front of the half tons. It would quite literally destroy the housing.
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4x4 lock is simply in 4x4 rather than auto 4x4. There is no locker available for the front of the half tons. It would quite literally destroy the housing.
agree! further explained: 4x4 Lock means "I wanna send power to all 4 wheels from now on until I turn it off", 4x4 auto means the computer gets involved and determines that once wheel slip starts the 4wd kicks in. But for offroading, a LOCKER means "I am going to send power to all wheels at the same rate (left and right sides) NO MATTER WHAT If they start slipping or not". 4 Wheel LOW is the "EAT S***" gear as I like to call it because if you need serious TUG power or more power sent to the front wheels instead of the rear tires then that's your set up! Caution though, stay under 10mph with 4WD LOW. 4x4HIGH you should be good up to 50mph or so but it shouldn't be on if road conditions are that nice that you can go that fast.

If you want to offroad hard enough that you think basic 4wd isn't good enough, get a Jeep with factory lockers (rubicon models) or drop a locker in the cheaper models because they still have solid axles (but most guys will upgrade even from stock Dana axles before putting lockers). Some other makes (toyota comes to mind) also have Lockers in their factory 4x4 set ups but not Ram 1500's. I used to jeep a lot but no way would i try taking my ram down the same trails as the ones I saw.

This may be common knowledge to most but since winter is here (or approaching for some of us) its good review and good info for those maybe with 4wd for the 1st time.
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what he said^^^^^^

find yourself a cheap jeep, lock her up and got to town bro
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Thankyou all for your reply's . I don't really want to replace my truck and I can't really afford 2 I just wanted to make my truck the best 4x4 it could be and thought I'd just add a ls or a locker to the front but apparently that's not possible so ill just use it the way it is . Its not like. I was really planning on crawling with it the wheel base is too long for it but I do appreciatte your opinions thanks
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A relatively cheap alternative is to get a winch. And of course never wheel alone. Have fun!
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If you want font and rear lockers and a winch in a truck do what I did and buy a power wagon
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