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Old July 29th, 2014, 04:39 PM
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Locking hubs FREE or LOCKED?

I just bought a 1971 series IIA 88. Vehicle has Warn locking hubs. What position should hubs be in? All my driving is on road.

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Old July 29th, 2014, 04:40 PM
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Lock them occasionally to keep the pins lubricated, but you can run them free most of the time.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 04:40 PM
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Old July 29th, 2014, 04:43 PM
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Thank you for first reply.

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Old July 29th, 2014, 04:55 PM
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I hope you didn't take offense to Bill's post, I found it hilarious!

Methinks it is better to leave the Warn hubs locked and forget about them than unlocked as I believe they are lubricated when locked but not lubricated when unlocked. I always thought my series IIa drove better on the road when the hubs were locked, but that was probably an optical contusion.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 04:59 PM
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This is a discussion as old as there have even been unlocking hubs. All I'll say is that the Rover did not leave the factory with unlocking hubs. You decide how you want to roll.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 05:01 PM
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No offense taken, I'm ready to take some abuse. I bought an 88 strictly for looks and cool factor. A purist worst enemy having a blast and loving my Rover.

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Old July 29th, 2014, 05:17 PM
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The thought on it is this: unlocked hubs can leave the front drive shaft in one position and over time can wear the spline on one side. Just my 2 cents.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 05:34 PM
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The thought on it is this: unlocked hubs can leave the front drive shaft in one position and over time can wear the spline on one side. Just my 2 cents.
The issue is the swivel pins don't get lube if the u joints are not spinning.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 06:23 PM
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Both the front prop shaft and the swivel pins are legitimate concerns.


That said, if the hubs are Warn M11s, don't throw them in the garbage, I'd be happy to buy them from you.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 06:52 PM
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Just to add a little fuel to the fire, my '06 dodge 2500 is equipped the same way as the old series Rovers. The front axle and diff is always turning, no locking hubs.
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Old July 30th, 2014, 08:04 AM
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My SIII has the Warns on it. I leave them locked most of the time (including around town). IF I was going to go on a longer highway road-trip, I'd consider unlocking them, then locking them back once I'm off the highway.

FWIW...
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Old July 30th, 2014, 08:53 AM
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Leave them locked because if you ever go off road then you could potentially get your shoes dirty when you get out of the truck to lock them.
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Old July 30th, 2014, 10:23 AM
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Johan how much do you want for the series?
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Old July 30th, 2014, 11:54 AM
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I leave mine unlocked all the time.

That said, I end up needing 4WD about once a month. This provides enough lubrication for everything.

If not I just engage 4WD high on the way to the grocery store or something then pop it back into 2WD later on. Lubes everything fine. Easier than locking and unlocking the hubs and I can do it at a stop light easily. Also makes sure the linkages don't freeze up or anything fun like that.

For interstate driving or really anytime you are above 40 mph, you can notice when the front end is turning and when it isn't. Makes things a lot more comfortable with FWHs. Having FWHs for a primarily on-road vehicle is excellent. In all honesty, that is what I do with my 109. Driving back and forth to work, general errands on the weekend, etc. Heck I have to usually drive on the interstate to go hit trails. No issues with FWHs on my truck for the past 10 years.
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Thank you for all replies.

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Any different opinions re fairly hubs? Ive got an old one ten with part time tcase and have just always run the hubs open and 2wd.

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