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Old 09-16-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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At the risk of sounding like a total noob...

So i've owned my '97 for a few months and have spent why more money and time, than i care to admit, making it mine. And because of this forum, i have confidently torn it apart pc by pc and upgraded or replaced tons of parts. That being said, i don't know a lot about the 4wheel drive system. How is Limit slip different (better or worse) than installing lockers?

This weekend i changed the gear oil on my rear diff and discovered i have limited slip (according to the youtube video i watch). This may be common, the guy in the video did not have limited slip

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Limited slip is better if you drive a lot on ice or snow. It will not lock up the axle which can cause some strange handling characteristics in these conditions. A lsd will not perform very well in rocks when you need the axles to be locked. The lsd works off clutches and you need some momentum to make them work best they can. A locker engages and keeps power to both tires at any speed which helps out when rock crawling. Hope that helps you.

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a limited slip uses clutches to allow the tires to only slip some. A locker actually connects the the tires together and does not allow a tire to slip at all.


Hate to be that guy but if you want a ton more information google. lsd vs locker.
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Refer to above. Heads up on the LSD though, it's still not an open diff on the street. I have the trac-loc from the factory and it still engages at 156k miles (PO didn't wheel it). Tires will chirp around tight corners if ya give it gas and it's very easy to break traction if you get on the throttle too much while turning if its raining out. I did today, and luckily there wasn't any traffic for me to worry about. Still gotta know how it behaves though.
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