My Jeep is my daily driver and at times, my wife drives it too. When I was open and ready to upgrade my diffs, I did a lot of research and at the time, a selectable locker like ARB managed to get the majority of points in my positive column. Unfortunately, the one negative point that ultimately swayed my direction from a selectable locking device and that was cost.
Less costly are automatic lockers and I really liked the reviews I've read about Detroit Softlockers. One nice point in favor of the Detroit Locker is that it comes with the base Superior Super 35 kit for the Jeep's Dana 35 rear axle (which I wanted to upgrade). A Jeep locker front and back with Detroits is reassuring in my mind. The simplicity of the locker combined with the strength gives a "peace of mind" while wheeling. There is a learning curve though, and driving during the winter seasons may be a bit tricky. With this in mind and the fact that my wife drives the Jeep on occasion, led me to continue researching for another option.
I finally ended up selecting and installing the Detroit TrueTrac in the front and rear of my Jeep. Some factors contributing to my decision include:
- On road manners with no surprises - regardless of the season (Jeep is my daily driver)
- Wife drives the Jeep on occasion (see above, especially during winter)
- I don't rock crawl
- I rarely lift my tires while off roading
I wheel in the Pacific Northwest and for the majority of trails and types, the TrueTrac, in my opinion is the ideal traction device for a daily driven Jeep. On the road, the TrueTracs are transparent to me, I can not tell or feel their presence. During the winter time, they even give a better sense of control. I've even engaged 4wd for deep snow covered streets and the TrueTracs performed great. My wife has driven my Jeep during the winter and she doesn't even know they're there.
Off-road, well if you are doing trails more difficult than these pics, you will need something more capable than a TrueTrac. Note, the TrueTracs got me though all of the Oregon trails below without the use of a winch or strap :punk:.
I am very happy with my decision with the TrueTracs. On many occasions, many wheelers think I am locked and are surprised when I tell them I am not but just running limited slips. The on road performance is there when you need it and not in a negative way too. However, it is important to state that the TrueTrac is not a locker and will definitely show its weaknesses in the rocks and in off camber scenarios where a tire off the ground is common. For me and my requirements and type of wheeling I do - it's the ideal traction solution :).