WakeWorld (http://www.wakeworld.com/forum/index.php)
-   Boats, Accessories & Tow Vehicles (http://www.wakeworld.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=3183)
-   -   Welding differential on truck? (http://www.wakeworld.com/forum/showthread.php?t=799023)

wakintime 07-10-2013 1:37 PM

Welding differential on truck?
I have been told you should weld the differential on my truck instead of having the factory bolting for towing boat. Anyone know about this? I have really never heard this until I went in to get ball and hitch to lower about an inch. Any one know anything about this or is this just trying to get more money?

ShredCandlewood 07-10-2013 1:41 PM

Don't weld your diff.


DenverRider 07-10-2013 1:56 PM

That sounds crazy. Welding the spider gears to lock the diff or welding the diff to whatever it may be attached to besides the axle tubes? They both sound crazy. There are a few ways to lock the diff with mechanical, electric, or pneumatic lockers but you would never leave them locked while towing down the road unless you want your truck to ride squirrelly and eat up your rear tires. The only reason you would ever lock the diff while towing a boat would be because you were spinning tires while trying to tow out of a rugged boat ramp in low range. Then once it was out you would unlock again. The only reason I've ever heard anyone would weld the spider gears was because they were building a low budget trail rig that they towed to the trail.

Wakesounds 07-10-2013 2:12 PM

Your post is a little unclear about what your trying to accomplish? Under no circumstances should you weld your differential for any on-road use. Its a terrible idea.

wakintime 07-10-2013 2:20 PM

He says my receiver is bolted in my heavy duty tow package and it should be soldered not bolted like it came from the factory.is he just full of it?

wakebordr11 07-10-2013 2:29 PM

Dude, first you said differential which is inside your rear axle pumpkin... now you're saying hitch receiver. What the heck are you talking about?? Bolting the hitch to the frame, receive in the hitch?

tonyv420 07-10-2013 2:33 PM

you must be talking about welding you trailer hitch(reciever) to the frame of your truck??? Mine is bolted on, and most are. Once you weld it on, it's there for good! You def can't be talking about soldering it on LOL Right??

wakintime 07-10-2013 2:42 PM

Sorry with the confusion. He said the hitch/ receiver on our truck which is bolted on like every other truck or SUV should be soldered. Our truck has the heavy duty tow package. I just have never heard of soldering the receiver to the frame. @delta my wife calls me pumpkin. So ..

wakintime 07-10-2013 2:45 PM

Sorry met welded

tonyv420 07-10-2013 2:59 PM

Bolted is fine, my boat is 4,000lbs with trailer and my hitch is bolted on. Never had a problem

Pad1Tai 07-10-2013 3:57 PM

Bolting is fine just use stainless or grade 8 bolts.. I tow everything with my GMC 2500 duramax..

Just curious, where did you come up with the word "differential"?..

Also soldering is for wires...

lifetimewarranty 07-10-2013 4:53 PM


Originally Posted by wakebordr11 (Post 1832731)
Dude, first you said differential which is inside your rear axle pumpkin...

and This:

Originally Posted by wakintime (Post 1832734)
@delta my wife calls me pumpkin. So ..

Completely made my day...:D

But to be productive, a bolted receiver (if I understand the "normal" OEM way) is the only way I'd do it.

lifetimewarranty 07-10-2013 4:57 PM

1 Attachment(s)
If it is good enough for a Semi...(notice the 5th wheel is bolted...)

dirtrider 07-10-2013 6:38 PM

No need to weld it to the frame. In some cases it can be viewed as frame damage. For
example when I worked at Mercedes if we got a trade in ML or E class wagon with welded on hitch it was considered frame damage and the dealer would not resell.

boardman74 07-10-2013 7:28 PM

Never heard of welding a hitch to the frame. Always seen them bolted...factory or aftermarket. I think what you need it a new mechanic!!

cadunkle 07-11-2013 1:49 PM

Get a Detroit Locker if you want the best. Lunchbox lockers (Lock Right, etc.) are cheap and easy to install as they replace the spider gears and do not require you to set up the gears, though they will be more noisy/clunky and not as strong. For what it's worth I run a lunchbox in my Sterling 10.25" and it works fine but is a little more clunky than a Detroit.

Don't weld your gears, that should only be done for strictly off road trucks and even then you're better off using a spool as they're cheap enough and much stronger.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 7:14 PM.