Even if you are using a four-wheel-drive car, you still have the option to drive it as if you have a two-wheel-drive. This can be done with what is called a locking hub. This component allows the front wheels to be manually detached from the front half shafts. But modern vehicles have automatic locking hubs that allow quick shifting to 4WD mode by locking the shift lever into position, which eventually connects the two half axles and makes them run as a unit. If you have an older vehicle, you probably have a manual locking hub; this one requires you to go outside of your vehicle and twist the hub from
lock whenever you need to use the 4WD function. If you want to enjoy assaulting terrains with the ability to change drive easily, you must have quality locking hubs. Warn is a famous manufacturer of this product, but before buying its units, let us first check if they really provide benefits.
- Manual locking hub
- Has a universal fit
- Sold in set of two
- With ZA alloy dial material
- Made of metal
- With dual seals for protection
- Uses wave spring technology
- With 9/10 dial for robust engagement and disengagement
We tested this component on a 2003 Ford F-250 Super Duty and a Jeep CJ5, and here is what we have to say:
- The component looked very good. The construction was of a thick metal material, and we were not surprised that it was quite heavy for its size. It had well-done splines, and the dial had the appropriate label for engagement and disengagement.
- We had a quite challenging but straightforward installation of the component. We just had to remove the snap ring, slid the component into the axle end, and put the snap ring back. Testing the locked and unlocked modes was also easy.
- The unit came pre-greased. All of the mating surfaces were protected with gaskets.
- We ran the Super Duty and the CJ5 to test if the vehicles would have an improved performance. The two vehicles ran quieter, there was less vibration, and shifting to 4WD was easy.
- The instructions provided in the manual were very generic for all models. If we were not so inclined with such work, we would not have been able to install the component without hassle.
This product is definitely cheaper by hundreds of dollars compared with those from its competitors. The unit looks good, has a great construction, comes prepared for operation, and just does its job. If you reside in a place where temperature does not plunge to low levels, then this manual locking hub will do just fine. Otherwise, choose an automatic one if you find going out of your vehicle in cold weather a hassle.