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Old 10-02-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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quigley hub question....

i have a 2000 quigley 4x4 with manual hubs and was wondering how long you can leave the hubs locked but not be shifted into four wheel drive.
so when we are skiing for the weekend, i will lock the hubs as we are headed up the hill and then on the way home i can shift out of four wheel drive but leave the hubs locked until we get home...is this ok for the system?
its been a while since i had a vehicle with manual hubs...
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:01 PM   #2
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Re: quigley hub question....

That shouldn't be a problem. Since you are not in 4wd, the front driveshaft is free and if there is a speed differential between the two front wheels, the driveshaft will simply rotate to allow it.

It is not at all like being in 4wd and having the slight difference add up to a lot of stess on the drivetrain.

The only down side is slightly increased wear of the front differential and driveshafts, and slightly increased fuel consumption.

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Old 10-02-2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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Re: quigley hub question....

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The only down side is slightly increased wear of the front differential and driveshafts, and slightly increased fuel consumption.
Plus it will feel a bit logy, that's how I usually realize I left mine locked.
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Old 10-02-2011, 03:08 PM   #4
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Re: quigley hub question....

Logy?? Dang, now you make get out my dictionary.

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Old 10-03-2011, 02:13 PM   #5
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Re: quigley hub question....

I like to leave mine engaged from time to time just to keep it lubed and ready to use. Use it or loose it theory.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:32 PM   #6
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Re: quigley hub question....

thanks for the replies, makes sense, keep em lubed. i wont be in a rush to pull over and disengage them til we stop for another reason, etc.
cant wait to take the smb skiing!
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:18 AM   #7
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Re: quigley hub question....

When I live in Utah and skied daily I would lock my hubs at the first snow and leave them locked until spring was winding down. Now, when I head to Baja I leave them locked from the first dirt until I hit the I5 on the way home. Remember many 4X4's don't even have Lock Hubs.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:36 PM   #8
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Re: quigley hub question....

Just note that leaving the hubs locked will spin the front axle. So make sure you keep up with servicing the front differential fluids and the front hubs - both will go hotter and experience more wear.
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:28 AM   #9
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Re: quigley hub question....

Mine are locked from first snowfall till its gone (31 Oct till 1 March) and as long as your ujoints are good you will only loose a couple MPG. If I am going to be at Hwy speeds for a while I do unlock my hubs. 70's Trucks with 203 transfercases had fulltime hubs (I have a set in the toolbox for emergency spares) and you just needed to plan for services more often.
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Re: quigley hub question....

when it snows, They are locked until conditions warrant otherwise.. Could be a few days of tooling around or just a few hours. No worries., just some mpg loss due to friction.
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