Polaris 4wd is like that except both fronts. You’re in 2wd till it spins a little then connecting the front. Seen and heard many many guys explode parts off jumps and bumps because of it. It’s hard on things and you do have to hit stuff more aggressively.Watching 3 wheels spin just to get one wheel activated is a bit unnerving.
All that shock loading had to go somewhere, and it’s not into thin air.
I think the better question is is there any doubt a locker wouldn’t have made it?
What I see is ,if u want a bad ass off road capable truck ,buy a Chevy