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Old 10-30-2002, 09:52 PM   #15
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The easier it is.....

for you, the more headaches ahead! Please get off the air and electrical locker idea. I have been off-roading for 25 yrs. If you want a "locker", stick with gears and grease. If you're a hard core rock crawler go for the extreme. For pulling (in all road conditions) stick with a cluth pack "locker" in the rear for 2x2's and clutch pack in the rear and gear limited slip for the front on 4x4's. Oscar
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Old 10-30-2002, 09:56 PM   #16
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You type faster david!!!

That's my set up. Traction lock in the rear (Ford 9") and trac-lock up front. Clutch pack rear, gear up front. Oscar
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Old 10-31-2002, 12:06 AM   #17
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Woah, Big Fellas!!!

You've all lost me big time! I'm not into gasoline alley or off-road anything, except hiking! All this talk of limited slip this and aftermarket electric that leaves me in the dark. Now, if you want to talk about the World Series, the 49ers, etc. I'll be able to keep up!

My question still is:

Is there an advantage in highway TOWING for a 4WD and a 4:10 rear vs. a 2WD and a 3:73 rear?

I currently drive a Toyota 4Runner, and in six years have used the 4 wheel drive 5 times. We don't go off road, we don't need 4WD to go winter skiing because the roads are ALWAYS plowed, so I'm not interested in a 4WD UNLESS there is an advantage to the 4:10 rear end which can only be option added by getting the 4WD. If the 4:10 will serve me better for towing on highways, camping at state and national parks, etc. then I will get it.

Question: is there an advantage to a 4:10 rear end for my towing purposes?

Thanks, again, for your replies in advance. They are all very much appreciated!

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Old 10-31-2002, 12:46 AM   #18
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Guess we did side line that one, huh..

Sorry Hubba, As to your original question, no matter what you choose ( 2x4 or 4x4) the 4.10 will give you more grunt up the steep slopes. If that is not an option on the 2x4 model then 3.73 is the next best thing. P.S. Love those 49er's (mules, picks and shovels in search of that elusive gold nugget) Oscar
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Old 10-31-2002, 12:56 AM   #19
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Thanks! Now I understand the 4:10 - uphill grunt.
Since most of my driving will not be in mountains I suppose the 3:73 is the best way to go . . .

Hey, those 49ers found 5 gold nuggets - 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, and 1994. Not bad for old prospectors. Oops, now I'm getting off the subject . . .

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