What is welding your spider gears?
Welding your spiders up is just that. Taking the “spider” or side and pinion gears and welding them together in some shape or form.
Why should I do it?
The advantage of doing this is a cheap way to lock up your rear end. If the spider gears arent allowing both sides to rotate independently then both axles will turn at the same speed all the time. Thus giving you maximum traction to each wheel that you can possibly get.
How hard is it to do?
This all depends. You can either weld it up into a solid ball using more gears or weld the teeth together separately. The main thing you want to be aware of is how well the welds will hold up to the added strain of spinning both axle shafts at the same speed even around corners.
What parts do I need?
Parts needed is some cleaner to clean the gears of oil, a welder, and possibly a case of beer.
Can I do it to any gears?
anything is possible, but keeping it within reason is the main goal. Just dont weld your ring and pinion together on accident. You never know.
What are the draw backs?
The drawbacks are added stress on various components. You will eat tires a lot faster, parts are more liable to break, and wallets are more apt to becoming empty.
Why shouldn’t I do it?
there is better methods, but it still works.
Why is it called a Lincoln Locker?
I’m assuming some guy one random day busted out his Lincoln MIG welder, decided to weld em up and call it a Lincoln Locker.
What are the advantages or disadvantages compared to a traditional locker or spool?
Advantages: Cheap, easy, quick
Disadvantages: Weaker, unwanted drivetrain stress
Video of a guy welding his spider gears: