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first off.
95 fsb 302 auto trans and manual hubs. 1356 b.w. man. shift t-case
can i run in 4 lo with hubs unlocked without damage??
basically 2 wheel low? speed limits or paved roads??
other way around can i keep hubs locked in and just shift from. 2wd to 4wd whenever i hit the dirt roads. the new hunting camp has a mix of red clay slick rooads and some old blacktop,
any help would be great:thumbup :beer

the hemi on 35's is on dash 4wd, plus too nice for these smaller trails:beer
 

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We have always (when dad had a 4x4) used 4lo with the hubs unlocked when pulling boats up at the ramp. I don't know that I would drive around like that just due to gearing. I don't really see how it would hurt anything though.
 

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Yes - to both of your questions.

I read a post once that your spindle bearings should be in good condition if you are going to drive around with the hubs locked.
 

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Yes. You can drive with the hubs unlocked with the transfer case in 4lo. It's useful for when you don't need the grip, but just need the lower gearing. I drove back and forth through town for a few days like this when pulling a large UHaul trailer. It was great for getting going from the stop lights, especially since I have a 3.00 final drive. Just don't over rev the engine, as that's easy to do (being as you're used to moving much faster at a given RPM), and whatever speeds follow. Don't ever use overdrive in 4LO though, as a rule of thumb.

Yes, you can leave your hubs turned and just shift in and out of 2HI, 4HI, and 4LO whenever you want. Just never drive in 4 wheel drive on pavement. In fact, my user's manual specifically says to turn the hubs once a month and drive at least ten miles, even if the transfer case is only in 2HI, as this keeps the front end lubricated. As far as I know, lockable/unlockable hubs are only for fuel economy and power purposes. Having the front end turning all the time creates a lot of drag. Quite a few vehicles didn't come with them.
 

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thanks for the replies, just wanted to be sure
 

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Definitely one of those things you want to be sure about. :thumbup
 
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