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    I m sure this has been posted before but I did a search and did not find anything. I have a 53 REO M35 that I was curious about putting manual locking hubs on. Does anybody have a link or part number and where to price or even start to where to look for them? I am not dead set on getting them and am weighing the pros and cons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHM View Post
    I m sure this has been posted before but I did a search and did not find anything. I have a 53 REO M35 that I was curious about putting manual locking hubs on. Does anybody have a link or part number and where to price or even start to where to look for them? I am not dead set on getting them and am weighing the pros and cons.
    "Ouverson" sells them. Pricy though. Here, http://www.ouversonusa.com/

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    I'm curious of the pros and cons as well.

    Never thought of it or would understand why to or not to do it.

    Hmmmm
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    Your 53 likely has a spray transfer case. If it does, lockouts are of very little value.
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    I do not know a whole lot about these as this is my first one. Why would they be of little use on the spray transfer case? Not arguing or anything just curious how the spray operate and why they would be of little use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHM View Post
    I do not know a whole lot about these as this is my first one. Why would they be of little use on the spray transfer case? Not arguing or anything just curious how the spray operate and why they would be of little use.
    Because the sprag unit sends power to what ever axle spins , with louts the front drive line would be under power all the time , just not giving the wheels power because of the lockouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recovry4x4 View Post
    Your 53 likely has a spray transfer case. If it does, lockouts are of very little value.
    Actually "lockout" hubs will prevent wear on the front differential as the wheels are constantly turning the axle shafts thus the differential gears. Also it would help with steering as the axles turning creates a "drag" or "shimmy" on the steering at high speeds. Just ask anyone who has a 4X4 who left his hubs locked.

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    I personally would stay away from them. I have them on my truck and do not like the fact that they allow moisture into the hub and have caused rust multiple times. I have replaced the gaskets multiple times with the same turn out every time. Last issue I had was they would not lock because of the moisture and rust. Had to disassemble the locking mechanism and clean it all out in the sand. I personally wish I had the factory flanges still (but I sold them).
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    Thanks to all for the advice and information. After reading the forums and giving it some thought I believe that I will not get them and put the money into the truck somewhere else.

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    The pros are, it will save on frontend wear, tire wear and fuel mileage (providing you have a air-shift t-case).

    The cons are mainly price, and if you have a sprag case it will cause your t-case to be engaged all the time.

    In my opinion, unless you are driving a bunch of miles and have a air t-case, save your money.
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