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Crusher Mike
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hey Im purchasing a mini spool cause the price is right and I am tired of running around with an open rear diff. Who is running one and how is it on the road ?? I only drive the bronco maybe 1500 miles or so every few months. During the winter I am going to drive to oregon. Im just wondering if they chew your tires bad or drive funny just driving.

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For the amount of on-road driving you'll be doing, the tire wear should be minimal. On wet/slick pavement, you'll want to be a bit more light-footed in a turn. The rear will break lose with little effort.
 

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For the amount of on-road driving you'll be doing, the tire wear should be minimal. On wet/slick pavement, you'll want to be a bit more light-footed in a turn. The rear will break lose with little effort.
haha I guess I probably could have just asked you in my Pm huh?
 

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Lunchbox locker. F spools.
 

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spools=junk, all day long, unless your a full-time off roader with NO road use
 

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I have ran mini spools, full spools,and welded diffs. They will wear tires ALOT faster. The rear does brake loose prety easy, espicaly when wet. Any slow, tight turns will result in churping tires. Driving on ice is NOT recomended, atleast I had a hell of a time. Taking off when turning needs to be done slowly, auto trans make it alot easier, handling wise. Driving on the road will punish your axles. I realy dont recomend this for road, or atleast very little road time.

Now the good. Great traction off road. Steering returns to center on its owne. Cheap.

IMO and experiance, a spool is realy only suited for off road use. On lighter trucks it doest cause as many problems but Broncos are realy to heavy in the rear and it puts alot of extra stress on the axles not letting the tires spin as easily. I have ran the spools for years in several diffrent rigs. The currant Bronco I wheel now had a spool and I removed it due to all thats been stated above because i wanted something that would be street friendly as well. I decided to go with a Detroit Tru-Trac and for me it works great and on the street you dont even know its there unless you hammer down.

Thats my 2 cents. But search around, there are several threads on this. Good Luck.
 

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I have ran mini spools, full spools,and welded diffs. They will wear tires ALOT faster. The rear does brake loose prety easy, espicaly when wet. Any slow, tight turns will result in churping tires. Driving on ice is NOT recomended, atleast I had a hell of a time. Taking off when turning needs to be done slowly, auto trans make it alot easier, handling wise. Driving on the road will punish your axles. I realy dont recomend this for road, or atleast very little road time.

Now the good. Great traction off road. Steering returns to center on its owne. Cheap.

IMO and experiance, a spool is realy only suited for off road use. On lighter trucks it doest cause as many problems but Broncos are realy to heavy in the rear and it puts alot of extra stress on the axles not letting the tires spin as easily. I have ran the spools for years in several diffrent rigs. The currant Bronco I wheel now had a spool and I removed it due to all thats been stated above because i wanted something that would be street friendly as well. I decided to go with a Detroit Tru-Trac and for me it works great and on the street you dont even know its there unless you hammer down.

Thats my 2 cents. But search around, there are several threads on this. Good Luck.
Thank you redbeast this is what I was looking for. I will be putting it into another diff for a quick swap for wheeling (I have an extra 9 laying around)
 

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Your welcome Clean. If you have an extra third member that would be a much better option in changing them out as needed, it takes about an hour or less with help. And it will only cost you the price of gear oil and silcone each time you swap (but it will get old fast i would imagine). IMO, dont waste your time and efforts. Just save up for a selectiable locker, a GOOD L/S, or a Tru-Trac. Selectiable will run around 800+++, Power lock L/S is about 300 but they do wear out but they are good, Tru-Trac is 400-500 depending on application. Good Luck.
 

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$200 or so bucks = used detroit on ebay. much better choice.

then there is no need to swap out 3rd members, because your not going to do it.
 
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