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Old 01-30-2011, 10:25 AM   #1
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Detroit TruTrac in front or rear first?

I have the funds to install a Detroit Trutrac in only one axle and get the front bumper that I want. I'm mostly in sand or mud with some rocks. Should I install the Trutrac in the front or rear axle first? What do you think?

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Old 01-30-2011, 10:30 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! I would get installed in the front first and save up for a locker in the back later. You will be much happier.

BTW...bumper can come later and put that money for the rear locker.

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Old 01-30-2011, 10:40 AM   #3
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Which rear axle do you have?
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:59 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum! I would get installed in the front first and save up for a locker in the back later. You will be much happier.

BTW...bumper can come later and put that money for the rear locker.
I agree. Go front axle first.
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I was also thinking the front axle first then later lock or trutrac the rear. I've got a D30 front and D44 rear with 3.73's.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:40 PM   #6
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regear for the tires you have. when you regear, do the lockers/LSD at the same time. save your money till you can manage this at once.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:52 PM   #7
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So I should save up, LSD the front, Lock the rear and change to 4.10's? I'm running 33's and may one day run 35's.
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A Truetrac is similar in cost to buying and installing a Detroit Locker. I'd MUCH rather have a Detroit Locker in the rear first since you have a Dana 44 back there. Truetracs are superb on the pavement but they're not nearly as good offroad as a true locker is. A Detroit Locker is very well behaved on the street after a few days of it training you how it likes to be driven.
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How much is installation costs of a Detroit locker? Just wondering. Not putting one in til i upgrade from my D35

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Typical labor cost for a Detroit Locker or Detroit Truetrac (both are identical installations) is around $250. They both require the backlash be set between the ring & pinion gears.
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Typical labor cost for a Detroit Locker or Detroit Truetrac (both are identical installations) is around $250. They both require the backlash be set between the ring & pinion gears.
I thought i had heard installation was near 1000$ for a shop to do it. Did I hear wrong?

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You heard $1000 labor cost to install a Detroit Locker or Detroit Truetrac? Yep you heard wrong, $250 is more typical.
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You heard $1000 labor cost to install a Detroit Locker or Detroit Truetrac? Yep you heard wrong, $250 is more typical.
Thank God!! More money to a rear 8.8!!!

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Old 01-31-2011, 12:34 PM   #14
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With a D44/D30 combo, I would put a LOCKER in the rear, not a LSD. Especially if you like sand and mud.

As for front/rear debate, again, with your choice of terrain, I say do the rear first. You will be able to use 2wd with a rear locker in the sand a lot of the time. I very rarely use 4wd at the dunes.

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