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Old 02-08-2008, 02:55 PM   #31
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Thanks for the info Jerry...good stuff. I now understand the whole thing better. However, I now need to save extra cash for a selectable locker (given my geographic challenges)...

I was considering a lunch box up front, but not anymore...

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Old 02-08-2008, 03:06 PM   #32
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What's your budget and does it need to be street-friendly when the roads are icy? The Tracloc in your rear axle is actually not all that good on icy roads, it can cause understeer due to its clutch pack. When you wheel, do you wheel on off-camber trails that are iced up or full of snow? Do you need front and rear lockers for where you wheel? Do you prefer an automatic locker or is a selectable locker within your budget?
I hadn't really settled on a budget for it yet, it's just sort of the next thing onm the list, AFTER I finish installing the parts I have in the garage now, waiting for the spring thaw! As for the winter, I guess I wasn't really clear, I don't get off road much in the snow, but if it gets messy around here, I'll drive the Jeep instead of my DD. Off camber stuff might be an issue in the summer, but not so much in the snow.

As for what I NEED, well, it would have certainly helped on my last trip to the dunes to have a front locker, but I guess I don't know if it might have been more useful to have a good locker in the back.. know what I mean?

As for the price, I guess I'd rather not spend much on this since it'll be going in a D30 or 35, but since I really don't plan on stepping up to bigger wheels & tires anytime soon, I also don't plan to swap in D44's in the foreseeable future.

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Old 02-08-2008, 06:21 PM   #33
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Based on your staying with the Dana 35c for now, I'd go for a front automatic locker like a Lock-Right or Aussie. At most for the rear, which involves setting the R&P backlash so it's not a drop-in like a Lock-Right is, would be a full-case (stronger) Detroit Truetrac limited slip differential. But since you already have a Tracloc in the rear, I'd just stay with that until you replace your Dana 35 with something stronger or install a Super 35 upgrade.

Off-camber (sloping to the side) wheeling when you have an automatic locker(s) is really only a problem when the slope is covered in ice, snow, or a mud where automatic lockers have earned the nickname "low-side finders". When conditions are dry, slippage towards the low-side is not an issue at all.

So yeah, $200 for a drop-in automatic front locker like a Lock-Right or Aussie (they're essentially identical) would really help with your dunes and general wheeling conditions.
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Cool, thanks for the info!

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