Re: man locking hubs
totally forgot to update.
Pulled off one of the hubs(had to drill four of the bolts out). Everything looked normal. reinstalled the covers using new bolts that were about 1/16" shorter than the old ones. This really seemed to snug it up quite a bit. I would say however the play in the hubs was nothing but a result of wear and tear. As far as I know they've been on the truck for 17 years and traveled with it for 175,000 miles. not engaged the whole time obviously but when you have to get out of the truck to engage the 4wd it's usually not for fun, it's hard work(for the truck...I have fun lol)