Originally Posted by Sb5551
Isnt it possible to put a detroit in the front axle of a jeep with no adverse reactions due to the front driveshaft not being engaged in two wheel drive. This would mean no torque applied and it stays unlocked.
Even with no torque applied, it is still locked. That is true with any automatic locker.
That said, even though it is locked, it is not locked "hard" without torque being sent to it so in 2wd, it unlocks extremely easily. So easily that most never notice it locking/unlocking for turns when you're in 2wd. That is true with the Detroit Locker, No-Slip, Aussie, or Lockright. When in 4x4, it is locked up harder so it has more trouble unlocking because there is torque being applied through it.
So the bottom line is that in 2wd, a front automatic locker is locked but it is so lightly locked that it unlocks easily enough that you barely notice its presence. When my TJ is in 2wd, I can't even tell my No-Slip is present.
If it were up to me, I would change the description of all such "automatic lockers" to "automatic unlocking lockers".
Check out the post on lockers at http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showp...45&postcount=1
which might be of interest to you. Sorry it's a bit wordy.