Posted by Keith in Washington [188.8.131.52] on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 15:39:51 :
In Reply to: Locking hubs posted by Mark in mass [184.108.40.206] on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 15:24:54 :
I have Warn hubs on my 51 PW and Dualmatic on my WC53. Both have served me very well.
Dualmatic hubs are easier to grip to turn than the WARN. You can really grab the Dualmatic hub selector in your hand rather than using your thumb and finger on Warn hubs. You can often see where someone has used a tool to try to rotate a Warn hub selector.
Both can be a little difficult to disengage if there is residual drive line wrap pressure. Backing up and shifting out of 4 X 4 will relieve any pressure. If you service the hubs and keep them lubricated both will provide excellent service.
Which is stronger? I don't know. I don't put my trucks in extreme situations. I will say that one Warn hub on my PW has survived an axle exploding with minimal damage. I do not know what happened, but one side of the axle housing and knuckle are badly marred and gauged. The only explanation is the axle joint had a massive failure. The Warn brass selector on that side has a slight outward bow to it as if it was pushed violently outward when the axle failed. That hub works just fine and does not leak at all.
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