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Old 11-20-2009, 11:24 AM   #1
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Rear Locker for a DD?

I'm going to regear and add a s35 kit in the next two weeks or so, and I was wondering how a detroit does on the street. The local shop is trying to talk me into getting a spool for the rear because it gets drove on the street a lot. What do ya'll think?

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Old 11-20-2009, 11:29 AM   #2
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A true Super35 kit from Superior Axle has no spool option and to the best of my knowledge, there are no 30 spline spools made for the Dana 35c axle... the Super 35 from Superior Axle converts your 27 spline axle shafts to 30 spline axle shafts. There are some "fake" Super 35 kits not from Superior Axle that use 27 spline axle shafts but they're not worth the $$$ to install.

You have a choice of lockers including the Detroit Locker, ARB Air Locker, and the Eaton E-Locker with maybe another locker or two like the Ox Locker as well.

With probably 110K miles on my Detroit Locker, I love it on the street and of course on the trail. No one riding with me on the street could even tell I have a Detroit Locker installed, it is well behaved after you learn to drive it. It is "self-teaching" so within a week or two, you'll have learned without even thinking about it how to drive it so you don't get the clunks and bangs you may have heard about.

The only conditions I wouldn't want to drive a Detroit Locker on would be ice or snow covered roads where it could be a handful if you weren't extra careful. It could be a handful on a sloping ice covered trail too. But if you don't drive/wheel on ice, then it's a great locker.

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Old 11-20-2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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thats what I was thinking, and no ice or snow here in east texas. I was basicly wondering how the Detroit handled on the street. Thanks for the info, I think the detroit is going to be my choice
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:46 AM   #4
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Any chance of having another shop to do the work.. a spool is not for a daily driver period, and your shop should know that. As for the detroit, I had one in my CJ for a few years. The things you will notice are when shifting it will tend to move the back end left or right a bit, on very sharp turns from stop it might make a loud banging sound, more like a cannon going off.. this is normal... In snow, I never had an issue with it, always was in control and franlky perfered it to having only the front locked in anther jeep in snow.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:06 PM   #5
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lol yeah I'm not letting them do the work... I'm having lumberton off-road do the gears and s35 kit, they quoted me $1350.00 to regear front and rear, I havent talked to them about installing the s35 kit but it shouldn't be hard since they allready have the axle open.
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$1350 sounds pretty steep to regear both axles, have you pushed for any kind of a discount? I got my last complete R&P job done for just under $1100 after pushing them a little for a discount.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:11 PM   #7
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yeah I plan on going over to see them next week to see what they can do for me, I did talk to their R&P guy, says he's been doin it for about 15 years, has worked there for about 6 years. I would love to save some money and do it myself but I'd rather have it done right the first time. and I know i can instll the s35 kit but they mite as well do it while they're in there.
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definitely no to the spool!

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