Yeah I can agree with all that.
A manual trans and a Detroit Locker is a pain. But Fords 4r100 and 5r110 slushboxes make that a non-issue. With that big truck, a Detroit shouldn't be any harder to drive in snow than a tight set LSD. Mines been fine so far. (AT tires)
Everytime I used to go wheeling I would spin a rear tire a couple times climbing, and especially climbing and turning. Now with a rear locker everything is cake. I try to use 2wd as often as I can and save 4wd for straight shots or as needed. I'm turning and wiggleing the truck in tight spots often. So that's why I go for the Detroit Locker.
Unless you need to regear, then just try a rear locker, a rear locker is all you need on a trail like that. If you plan on regearing, do both and save some money on labor.
Your plan of rear ARB, then winch, then a front diff if needed (it won't be), seems like a solid plan. Also look at Warns Xfer case and transmission skid plates. Those can be handy for situations where your breaking over a hill top etc. etc. Getting high centered is my only legit concern right now. IME the engine, radiator, and fuel tank plates are overkill for the Ford.
Last edited by Buliwyf; 11-30-2012 at 10:11 PM.
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