|August 6th, 2008, 11:20 PM||#1|
Join Date: 01-29-06
XJ w/ 4 inches of lift, Ford 8.8, cut fenders, locked rear, limited slip front. Was carrying heavy weight in spares and camping equipment most of the time.
Super Swamper Truxes MT
Trail pressure 8-12 PSI depending on conditions.
Street Pressure 35 PSI
Routine Street Driving
Drummond Island Mi, Turtle Ridge OHV Park
Lake Havasu Arizona, OHV trails
Moab Utah, "Moab Rim" and "Pritchet Canyon"
The Rubicon Trail
Penrose Colorado, The Independence Trail System
-Rock (slick rock or pretty grippy sandstone)
-Some gravel, sand, and mud.
Amazing traction increase.
No need to replace the carrier
Some Noise on the street
Maybe bad in the ice/snow (don't know yet)
It was easy. There are a couple of write-ups else where online on this installation so I will not detail it unless someone asks for it. The installation took about 3 hours. Now that I have done one I could do it again in half that time. This is definitely qualifies as an "easy mod" that I should have done A LONG time ago.
Does the Locker Make Noise:
Yes, when I am looking for noise I can find it. If I make a quick, tight turn in a parking lot, or make "michigan left" into the left lane, while on the gas I can hear the inside tire chirp a little bit. Once or twice I have heard a couple of clicks from the locker, but I have to really TRY to hear it.
When I first put the locker in I didn't believe it was working as I couldn't hear any noise from it until I really really tried to make it make noise. I was very impressed. (note:extra impressive as I had my doors off at the time)
How does the locker handle in two wheel drive:
One pavement it's pretty much transparent except for the occassional chirp of the tires.
On Gravel, or sand the truck handles like before but gets much better grip. The rear end likes to rotate much, much more easily than before. My first time out I spun it on accident while trying to 'drift' a fast, sandy turn. I got used to it very quickly though.
How does the locker improve 4 wheel drive:
AMAZING. I can now approach a rock from other directions but straight on, and let my suspension flex out while still moving forward. This modification allowed me to crawl over things that I used to have to Hammer down through and break parts on. This locker has been nothing short of amazing. On my recent "outwest trip" to Moab, The Rubicon Trail, and The Independance Trail system in Colorado made it very aparent that I wouldn't have been able to do these trails without the locker.
The Bad Offroad:
Sometimes, especially off camber, the rear end wants to rotate around more than it did, but usually this was only if I was hung up on my trans crossmember.
I can post videos or pictures of most of these examples and a quick write-up if anyone is interested or needs the information.
|August 14th, 2008, 10:45 PM||#6|
Join Date: 08-31-06
Location: Shelby Twp, MI
|February 17th, 2009, 08:28 PM||#8|
Join Date: 02-14-09
I did one in my 86 a few years ago, the 12 bolt chewed it up and spit it out, lol. I also did one in a 97 k1500 and it didnt work well either. I have talked to several people that love them and never have any issues, must be my luck, lol.
|March 21st, 2009, 09:30 PM||#9|
Join Date: 12-07-07
Location: Holland, MI
I ran one in the Chrysler 8.25 of my XJ back in 1996 or 97 and it was a POS. I went through a set of pins EVERY trip to Silver Lake and usually had to limp out to change them in the parking lot. The thing would go off like a shotgun in parking lots around town too. My wife HATED that! The same exact problems were found in a buddy's Bronco but that was in the front if I remember right.
I upgraded to the no-slip and loved it. I am actually in the market for a no-slip for the front of my TJ right now.
|July 12th, 2009, 03:32 PM||#11|
Join Date: 04-12-09
Powertrax products are JUNK!
I had the lockrite, and the "no-slip". Both gave me very good traction, but the they just are not durable. I broke the lock rite in 2 weeks (with 31in tires in a chrysler 9.25!!) I broke the pins and it split the entire right side of the unit right down the middle. The clearances were right. Powertrax gave me a new one but I oped for the no-slip version. The no slip was much better, quieter and lasted me about 2 months. When It broke it grenaded metal everywhere and took out my ring and pinion.
I regeared my axles myself to 4.56 gears 10,000 miles ago. Gear instal is much much more complicated than a powertrax install. I know what im doing and it was not a installation error. Im running just a lsd now and its doing great.
|October 21st, 2009, 08:39 AM||#12|
Broke ass college kid
Join Date: 08-14-09
Location: hartland MI/ lima OH
i have one in my v8 dakota 2wd and i love it, got sick of the one wheel peel burnouts at the track and spinning for the first 50ft, but put in a powertrax in the spring and i dropped almost a whole second off my times...untill i blew out my trans that is