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Old 12-16-2010, 06:33 PM   #1
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Does front auto locker work in Snow??... I finally found out

I installed a front locker in my TJ over the summer and I always wondered if it was going to completely suck in the ice/snow. Today I finally got to find out since my area got about an inch of snow. Now before people start to complain that an inch is nothing, let me clarify by saying that it has been freezing cold here lately so the snow is nice and packable, not slushy. In unsalted areas it feels like driving on ice since the snow is so dense. Also, I assume the front locker will work in deep snow since there is something to bite into, but I was concerned about under steer in slippery conditions like light snow or ice.

My TJ has 33" MT claws, front richmond no-slip locker, trac-lock posi in the rear.

In 2wd I could spin the TJ with no problem, and I couldn't hit the gas hard without losing all traction. Once I engaged 4wd I prepared for under steer but to my surprise I could steer fine. If I kept constant pressure on the gas pedal the TJ was perfectly neutral in turns, no under or over steer. The only time I had under steer was when I hammered the gas in turns trying to make it under steer. I played around for about 45 minutes and I feel really god about the locker now. I don't plan on using 4wd unless I really need it in the snow, but now I know that its not as bad as I expected. In fact, its pretty predictable. ... I also know now that these claws are horrible for traction compared to my A/T's in light snow, haha. I guess tread sipes really do work.

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Old 12-16-2010, 07:41 PM   #2
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Thanks for the post. I live in northern Utah, and I am considering an Aussie locker for the front of mine, but have been worried about all the posts warning of problems in snow.

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Old 12-16-2010, 08:45 PM   #3
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Nice writeup dan88, I find the same conclusions with my front Detroit Locker. And yes, I am continually amazed at how much even a little siping helps.
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:47 PM   #4
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I guess everyone is different and I'm glad you like it. I hated it in the front of my YJ in the ice.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:46 PM   #5
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I guess everyone is different and I'm glad you like it. I hated it in the front of my YJ in the ice.
Well, you ma be right to hate the locker in bad ice. I haven't hit any ice yet, so we'll see. But in slippery snow I didn't have any problems. I was also thinking that the locker might have worked well for me because I have a posi rear. For example, in 2wd my Jeep wanted to over steer like crazy, but the locker balanced it out once I hit 4wd. With an open differential I probably wouldn't have the over steer in 2wd, so a front locker in 4wd might cause under steer. I might be completely wrong but just a thought. Anyway, I'm happy with the set up.
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