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Old 05-14-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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Question Locker or keep the limited slip

Hope this is not a stupid question but I really like the limited slip differential with 3.73's for my street driving and it works well with the 4 wheel drive on some trails so far. I have not done anything real difficult yet. Just got the JKU and only been out once so far. I was thinking of keeping the Limited slip and getting a locker for the front diff just in case I get into some tough trail obstacles. Would it be better to get a rear locker (but will lose the limited slip for street) and later on get the front locked? Or would you keep the limited slip and lock the front. When we trail run now with the TJ Rubicon I do need a locker at times.

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Old 05-14-2013, 05:04 PM   #2
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Get an ARB locker a locker you can turn on or off and get the best of both worlds

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Old 05-14-2013, 05:44 PM   #3
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If it were me in your shoes, I'd get the front locker (as you hint that you'd be getting one down the road anyway) and see how you do with the locker/lsd combo. You never know, you may not even need the rear locker, thus keeping the lsd for the road.
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If you like the LSD, keep it and get a front locker. It will make it that much more capable.

I would suggest the Eaton E-Locker if you are going to put one in front.

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Yup, keep LSD in the rear and get a front locker.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:50 PM   #6
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I went with ARB's air locker up front. That also gave me an on-board air compressor.... and with a hose, I can Easily air back up...
I had 373's... and an LSD rear. When I changed gears to 4.88's, and to make a long story short.... I had to replace my rear diff. I really like the LSD on snow and ice to get out and back home (roads aren't county maintained, and get pretty nasty... I'm in the mountains in Northern Utah for the winter/spring)... so after lots of research, I went with Auburn's Ected MAX..... a selectable LSD, for normal driving, then locker when needed.
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I have LSD on the rear and an Eaton E locker up front. I haven't been stuck yet since I run the same trails I ran with my Rubi.
Of course its not as good as a locker but its a good alternative since you already have it. The trick with the LSD is when one tire spins use your left foot on the brakes while you give it gas.
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Great information and it goes with my initial thoughts. I live in the mountains west of Denver and the lsd is great on our area local roads in the winter on snow packed and icy roads. I forgot about breaking to help out with a spinning rear wheel so with the auto no problem with that technique so thanks for the tip there. Also I was not aware of the selectable lsd / locker so I will look into that as well. Many thanks for your information this helps a lot. All I need now is some time on our trails to see how this rig performs.
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LSD back and LSD in front. Everyone will swear you're locked.
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LSD back and LSD in front. Everyone will swear you're locked.
Well not everyone.



Op you want a selectable locker up front if you go with one. An auto locker in the front on tight trails is a HUGE pain at times. And the fact that the frontend is allways turning on a JK means that some auto lockers are allways making racket which some people find annoying.
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Ahhhh someone got butt hurt because someone didn't agree with them. Do you really think no one can tell the difference between a locked rig and one running LSD in both diffs on the trail?

If so maybe your rig is way overbuilt for the kind of trails you run?
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I left the rear limited slip in the rear when I re-geared and added Eaton E-lockers in the front. I really like this combo. Haven't had any trail issues with this setup and still leaves LSD for winter driving.
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Ahhhh someone got butt hurt because someone didn't agree with them. Do you really think no one can tell the difference between a locked rig and one running LSD in both diffs on the trail?

If so maybe your rig is way overbuilt for the kind of trails you run?

You are right of course...again! I looked at your rig specs and your level of upgrades definitely trumps ignorant people like me who have never left the pavement...and I live in the same terrain as you, so what do I know? All of your fans on this forum are once again impressed including me.
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No need for infighting.
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You are right of course...again! I looked at your rig specs and your level of upgrades definitely trumps ignorant people like me who have never left the pavement...and I live in the same terrain as you, so what do I know? All of your fans on this forum are once again impressed including me.
No one called you ignorant or implyed that you have never left the pavement. You just simply made a statement that was wrong and over reacted when I pointed out the obvious.

Do you feel better now that you lashed out at someone who simply pointed out that you were wrong on something?

Not sure where we hang our hats has to do with any of this...
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:59 AM   #17
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a lot of guys run the LSD in the rear and locker in the front in my club. as mentioned earlier, i would definitely go selectable in the front, especially if you have a JKU. tight corners can be a bitch as it is with the longer wheelbase.
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I'm doing the best of both worlds by putting an Auburn ECTED in my rear axle when I do my gear swap. It's a limited slip that has an electric "locker" option. It's an electrical system that compresses the LSD clutch packs to the point where they don't slip. That's not the same as a full selectable locker like an ARB or E-Locker but everyone who has one and has posted up says they get no wheel slip when it's engaged. Since this is my daily driver, I'll get plenty of use out of the limited slip while enjoying the locking ability when off road.
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Well not everyone.



Op you want a selectable locker up front if you go with one. An auto locker in the front on tight trails is a HUGE pain at times. And the fact that the frontend is allways turning on a JK means that some auto lockers are always making racket which some people find annoying.

Spot on, selectable up front. turn it on when you want it, shut it off when you do not. ARBs are nice (one of the most expensive) but you get an air compressor, I use my compressor to blow up my inner-tube to float the river after wheeling. there are other selectables but I am just partial to ARB.
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