|12-02-2011 09:12 PM|
FWIW, buddy of mine had the super 30 with the detroit, the detroit went bad after about 3 years of use. Getting it replaced at the time qas a pita. Keep the records of the purchase. I drove the Jeep several times on and off road and it was never an issue, his was a 5 spd.
If you can ARB's area great, I miss mine all the time.
|12-02-2011 09:02 PM|
|cocdieselkev||Anyone ever use OX lockers? or E-Lockers? How are the reliability of both of those?|
|12-02-2011 09:02 PM|
After a week or two of installing my Detroit Locker with the 5-speed manual transmission, it had taught me how it likes to be driven and after that, with my TJ being a daily driver, you could barely/rarely tell it had a Detroit Locker.
There is always a lot of hand-wringing about the Detroit Locker by those whose only experience with them is reading Jp Magazine articles or posts by non-Detroit Locker owners. However, from those who actually run them, they are a non-issue even for a daily driver.
The Detroit Locker USED to have a bad reputation but the quirks it had were designed out of it probably 18-20 years ago, when they came out with the redesigned Detroit Locker that was called the Detroit Softlocker. Since then, it has been a well behaved locker that only takes a minor change in driving habits to keep it well behaved. Today's Detroit Locker is the same locker as the Detroit Softlocker... those are simply different names for the same locker.
I now run f/r air lockers (my previous TJ was stolen last year) and would rather have my rear point-and-shoot Detroit Locker and front No-Slip locker back.
|12-02-2011 08:57 PM|
|Mike Romero||I have the ARB in my TJ. I like the fact that your able to engage and disengage anytime. I drive in snow and rain, I live in Denver Co. So far so good jus sayin.|
|12-02-2011 08:44 PM|
You can run a full time locker in the rain and snow. You just need to understand that you need to cost through turns and wait until the front and rear tires are in line before getting back on the gas. You also need to understand that climbing an icy hill with any kind of camber or a turn in it can set you up for side slip. I was stationed way north and learned to deal with a Detroit in a YJ, but I would not let anyone else drive my Jeep.
A selectable locker takes care of this, but there is a downside. When it is unlocked you have an open diff, which doesn't help in the snow. When you're locked you are running a spool, which makes the handling issues of a locker seem insignificant.
I know the sexy answer is an ARB, but think about what you are getting. IMO, it is not the best of both worlds. It is a choice between an open diff or a spool. And for a Jeep driven on icy/snowy roads neither of those are good options.
Get home safely.
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|12-01-2011 10:13 PM|
|doclouie||Good call on the Super 35, but make sure it is from Superior. They make great stuff. I would choose the ARB over any other locker too.|
|12-01-2011 10:02 PM|
|cocdieselkev||What about drive ability on road of the Detroit lockers and how much worse is it on gas mileage if any? I also read that Detroit lockers are bad in the rain and snow on road?|
|12-01-2011 10:00 PM|
I would choose the arb air locker over the Detroit,arb is selectable
Plus I hear that the Detroit locker combined with a 5speed caused shift problems,with an auto there are sweet though
|12-01-2011 09:56 PM|
|cocdieselkev||Thinking my best bet will be to go ahead and install a locker and get the super kit 30 spline shafts.|
|12-01-2011 09:44 PM|
|doclouie||Be aware that the only shafts for your Dana 35 made by Superior that will really give you more real strength are in their c-clip eliminator package and that runs like $650. The only chromolly shafts for the 27 spline are made by Alloy USA, except the c-clip eliminator package shafts. All other shafts only increase the axle strength marginally.|
|12-01-2011 09:11 PM|
|cocdieselkev||Awesome guys appreciate it. Def gonna replace rear axle shafts. Thanks a lot.|
|12-01-2011 09:04 PM|
|DevilDogDoc||Super 35 C-clip eliminator with shafts and locker is how I would go.|
|12-01-2011 08:41 PM|
The Dana 35 has stock 27 spline shaft
Superior offers stronger 27 spline shafts,however that still leaves a weak diff carrier
Superior also has super35 kit that converts the Dana 35 strength just as high as a dana44
The super 35 kit has 30 spline axle,Detroit or web locker
4x4groupbuy.com has the kits for $1100
|12-01-2011 08:35 PM|
Stock Axle Shafts V.S. Aftermarket Axle Shafts?
Question is how much more durable are after market axle shafts v.s. stock axle shafts? I am getting my TJ re-geared when I get home from deployment to 4.56's and since I am re-gearing I thought about upgrading to after market axle shafts in my rear Dana 35. Reason why, is I assume when I re-gear it will restore almost back to, if not to stock performance in torque in the rear axle. So if I re-gear is it smart to upgrade to a aftermarket axle shaft's because I assume more torque would be applied to the shaft's with the 33" tires catching the end result of the torque maybe the stock wouldn't be able to handle it? Am I on the right track?
Just wondering if anyone had done the same and maybe broken an axle and then upgraded and see a difference?