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Old 06-18-2013, 08:12 AM
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Ok I have a 98 dodge ram 1500 SLT quad cab 4x4 with the 5.2L and 5sp manual tranny, it has 3.55 gears, dana 44 front and chrysler 9.25 rear, pretty sure I have an open differential as it seems like my passengers side tires are the only ones that spin in the snow or mud. My question is what is the cheapest but best way to change that so I have all tires moving at the same time. I've seen people that weld something in the differentials, I've people that got lockers and stuff like that. Could I just find axles from another truck and put them on mine or what are my best options?

Sorry if I'm not posting this question in the right place but I've tried to post a reply on other treads and for some reason I can't but it lets me post it here.?.?.?
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:40 AM
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You should get a build sheet first, http://www.dodge.com/wccsapp/univers...ull&category=R

See if your truck indeed has an open diff or if you have the anti spin rear that's just wore out.

I think clutches can be replaced fairly cheap.

Lunchbox style lockers aren't too expensive, detroit truetrac is a good option too...
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this us the email i got back.

Dear Brian:

Thank you for contacting the Ram Customer Assistance Center.

We are pleased to provide vehicle build information per your request.

According to our records, your vehicle was equipped from the factory
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Vehicle Description DODGE RAM 1500 P/U QUAD CAB
Model Year 1998
Body Model BE 6 L 33
Color PFKA- Light Driftwood Satin Glow

Sales Code * * Description
*R1 Premium Cloth 40/20/40 Bench Seat
-AZ Agate
ADAP Light Group
ADJ Heavy Duty Service Group
AHC Trailer Tow Group
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APAS Monotone Paint
ASPP SLT Decor Group
AWK Travel Convenience Group
A03P 5.2L ENG(ELF)/5SPD M/T TRANS(DDC)
BAZP 136 Amp Alternator
BCQP 750 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
BGJS Pwr Disc/Drum Rr Anti-Lock Brakes
BKAS 11x2 Rear Drum Brakes
CBEP 40/20/40 Split Bench Seat
CGDS Front Height Adjust Shoulder Belts
CGWS Next Generation Front Air Bags**
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Our records do not indicate whether or not your vehicle would be
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At this time, we would need to direct you to speak with your local Ram
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We apologize the response could not be of more assistance.

Thanks again for your email.

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If it doesn't say it on the sheet, you don't have it. If the diff hasn't been tampered with too badly there will be a little metal tab on it that indicates an LSD.
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Says it right here, "***DRBP Corporate 9.25 LD Rear Axle" . No LSD for sure.
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^Unless the diff was swapped from another truck for whatever reason. lol
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Ok, but now you are stretching it . And if it was swapped, the odds a tag is on it are pretty slim.
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My question is what is the cheapest but best way to change that so I have all tires moving at the same time. I've seen people that weld something in the differentials, I've people that got lockers and stuff like that. Could I just find axles from another truck and put them on mine or what are my best options?
The best way, but not necessarily the cheapest, would be to install an aftermarket LSD. DO NOT weld up your spider gears if this is a street truck. You can look around at JY's for another 9.25 w/LSD and make decision. If you go with a new diff. probably the most common are Detroit, Yukon or Auburn.
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Tag is gone, just lifted the back end and spun the tires. One spins one direction the other one spins the opposite direction, when I turn the drive shaft both tires spin the same and when I hold the drivers side tire the passengers side tire keeps spinning and when I hold the passengers side tire the drivers side keeps spinning.
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Ok, but now you are stretching it . And if it was swapped, the odds a tag is on it are pretty slim.
Yeah, but it's possible. I know around here some folks will just swap the entire axle if theirs has a major issue that needs to be fixed.
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Tag is gone, just lifted the back end and spun the tires. One spins one direction the other one spins the opposite direction, when I turn the drive shaft both tires spin the same and when I hold the drivers side tire the passengers side tire keeps spinning and when I hold the passengers side tire the drivers side keeps spinning.
That's an open diff.
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