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Old 08-08-2014, 06:23 PM   #1
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Detroit Tru Trac - Front

Guys, I'm really considering installing Detroit Tru Trac in the front. I've read many posts with guys saying that they are running the tru tracs in the front and have absolutely no issues. My nearest 4x4 shop guy said that despite all I've read on the threads, that I will definitely hear a popping sound going around corners.

He has them, has no problem selling them and has no problem installing them but he did so with a warning that I will have to live with that popping sound. My off-roading mostly consists of mud trails, moderate sand trails and no snow. I'm running 35s and will go with 5:13.

IS HE RIGHT????

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IS HE RIGHT????
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You might want to have someone else install your Trutrac...

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Old 08-08-2014, 08:11 PM   #3
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It sounds like he's describing an Aussie style locker... As above, be careful, he should know the difference.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:21 PM   #4
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I have had mine for over 2 years I have 13000 miles on mine. I have a tru-trac in the rear and the front best thing I ever did.
My top is off all summer never heard any popping noise and with no top you hear everything. I have 2 buds with the same set up no popping.
I have no idea what he is talking about. I would find another installer. The Eaton tru-trac turned my jeep in to a monster. For non rock crawling my jeep will go most anywhere.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:22 PM   #5
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aussie, lock right etc.. will make a popping/clicking sound in a tight turn... its normal.. from my experience with a trutrack..i don't recall anything like that sound and if it did it wasn't enough for me to worry about it..
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True trac's front and rear here.. no issues, no noises... flawless!
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:01 PM   #7
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How is the Tru Trac on snowy and icey roads.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:41 AM   #8
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I guess that's why we research the hell out of everything we do to our rigs.... especially when we are putting our hard earned money into it! I'm leaning to installing the trutracs............................
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I had a power trax (similar to the Tru Trac) in my CJ and yes as it gets older it will make some noise especially when going around corners--but it is normal and in the front you may not get any noise. More of a concern would be locking up the front dana 30 with 35's. My exoerience with that is as long as you do not hammer it off road it may live for quite awhile --but you are on the upper end of it's ability to with stand serious off roading. Sure plenty of people will say they have had no problems--but up here and in my personal experience i have seen everything from stripped pinions, snapped axles, twisted drive shafts, and ring gears with missing teeth. It is all you drive it --be careful and smart and it'll last. Just remember locked front and rear with a standard transmission and you have the turning radius of a city bus. As for snow - I personally do not like having the front locked--it sounds good in theory but for driving on snow covered or icy plowed roads it is more of a hindrance then a help.
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Truetracs front and back here as well. Absolutely no noise. Front is invisible when on the road in 2wd.
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How is the Tru Trac on snowy and icey roads.
It's different than an open differential but only at speeds under 30-40 on icy roads.
The shop that put mine in has me as a to call guy for new guys thinking of putting tru-trac in.
When wheeling some of my buddies started to have me go first I thought it was because I have a winch but that's only part true. They have rubicon which can be 4 wheels kings as long as they are locked but if not locked which is the case while power line running they are running with a open differential because we are running in 4 hi. They have me up front because they know I'm going to make it up and over that's where my winch comes in if they can't. You go to tru-trac you'll love your jeep even more it will become a beast wheeler.
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How is the Tru Trac on snowy and icey roads.
Mine have exceeded my expectations on snowy and icy roads. 99% of the time I only need 2H and we get a lot of snow here. In 4H it's like I'm literally glued to the road no matter how much snow or ice there is. It goes without saying good tires are equally as important.

My rear needed the holes opened up from 7/16" to 1/2".Maybe Eaton made the change by now. I took mine to a machine shop. It cost $120. I taped it up really well, so no chips got inside.

No drilling on the front. Just make sure you have someone competent set them up...
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thanks for all the input guys.... trutracs and 5:13s will be next. I will just visit other local shops.
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Old 08-09-2014, 05:18 PM   #14
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mcgee10 you were right... the other shops I went to were dumbfounded when I told them what the guy in the nearest shop told me. Notwithstanding, the 5:13s and trutracs (front and rear) have been ordered!
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What year is your JK? 5:13 is a steep gear..
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it's an 08 auto..
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I also forgot to mention that its weekend warrior
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Gotcha! You'll definitely be happy with that then..
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:11 AM   #19
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Looking at ordering a set with regear soon. Was looking at Eaton E-Lockers but now I think this would suit me just fine since I'm already happy with a simple 4x4--- true trac would only make it better.
Thanks for the thread!
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You'll love them. Awesome traction in 4wd, works in both high and low range, rear works in 2wd. Wife doesn't have to remember to engage or disengage. Absolutely no noise whatsoever. I'd definitely do it again.
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One thing I have to admit. When I was planning my regear with Truetracs, I had enough money for that, or a boob job for my wife. Jury's still out whether I made the right decision in that respect.
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:33 PM   #22
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Man. Talk about a tough decision. Mods on either girl is a win but in this case... geez, I'd be lost.
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Do it Numbah1!!
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How is the Tru Trac on snowy and icey roads.
It's awesome. Also helps in the rain.

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