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Old 03-31-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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Detroit Locker question

88 YJ. 2.4L. 5" lift. 33 x 12.5, Dana 35 rear with Detroit Locker. At lower speed 2WHD either forward or reverse sometimes I get a slip and subsequent engage of my rear wheel drive mechanism. I have been told that this is simply the locker engaging . Does anyone have any experience with Detroit Lockers and is this normal?

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Old 03-31-2014, 04:49 PM   #2
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Nature of the beast. Mine does it too.

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Old 03-31-2014, 04:51 PM   #3
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My 95 did it sometimes it's normal
1989 YJ : Lifted/ Armored
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As stated normal, mine would sound like rear axle exploded on sharp turns from a stop.. one note.. do you have upgraded rear shafts?
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Yep that is normal auto locker function.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:18 AM   #6
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Detroit Locker question

4Jeepn. Not sure about the axles, the lift and lockers were installed when I purchased. I have been mindful of the D35 in my activities so keeping a close watch. Thank you all for the input.
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:00 PM   #7
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That is normal for the Detroit Locker. The better (non-offroad only) choice for the rear is the Trutrac. I usually save the DL for the front. JMHO.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:53 PM   #8

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My Detroits (both front and back) click and pop whenever they are under power. On pavement (2WD, rear only), every time I make a turn, I can hear the bias plies in the tires popping and scooting against the pavement as it locks up. Going on 1200 miles since the lockers were installed and the noise has gotten better, but it's still there.

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