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Old March 10th, 2010, 03:53 PM   #21
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rear only is not good, but you can live with it. it will take some getting used to.
front is not an option in snow.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 04:00 PM   #22
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Donuts are almost impossible to stop.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #23
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i have run a couple types, i have had a limited slip, locker and welded in the snow.

the lsd pissed me off and was not tight enough

the locker ( the older gm type where you have to spin a tire some then it locks) was ok but didn't like waiting for the tire to spin and lock together and was sometimes harsh when it did lock

welded i liked the best, as it was always consistent, although fishtailing was somewhat prominent (which don't bother me at all) i liked it

the open diff i have now pisses me off too, i hate the one wheel peel, i would rather fishtail than sit spinning one wheel.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 05:04 PM   #24
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i have a 2007 chevy Z71 with a locker in rear and love driving it sideways down roads. because of the long wheelbase it makes it easy to handle and a blast in winter and wouldnt want it any other way. on

on the otherhand i also has a spool in my jeep which was also fun in winter but you get less fishtail and mor donuts because of the short wheelbase. still easy enough to drive but when turing let off gas and speed up slowly unless ur like me then foot to the floor and ride it out!
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Old March 10th, 2010, 05:25 PM   #25
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ive driven for 3 winters with my samurai , its got a spool in the rear, love it.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 06:24 PM   #26
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LIke I said in your other posts about this, rear locker in winter BLOWS!!

and that is from personal experience

double sucks for a front locker! you are asking for trouble.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 12:37 AM   #27
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LIke I said in your other posts about this, rear locker in winter BLOWS!!

and that is from personal experience

double sucks for a front locker! you are asking for trouble.
meh, a rear isnt too bad. my lsd doesnt really slip too much, so i cant just hammer on it in the snow b/c all its gonna do is a donut in the road. just have to learn to drive with it
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Old March 15th, 2010, 07:11 PM   #28
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I prefer a locked rear axle in the snow. This winter, after a friend of mine complained about the driving dynamics of his open diff XJ in the snow we did a comparison and it confirmed how I already felt. FWIW, both XJs were also equipped with snow tires.
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Old March 15th, 2010, 08:39 PM   #29
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I drove my Jimmy quite a bit with a Detroit in the back on icy/snowy roads and never had an issue. If I got into it a bit too hard it would fishtail, so it's a learning process.

My Suzuki had a welded rear and I didn't mind that at all either.

With that being said, all my vehicles are manual transmissions. I HATE driving automatic equipped vehicles, especially in the winter. I'm not real sure how an automatic with a rear locker would handle.

Front lockers in the winter are fine as long as 4x4 is not engaged. They don't have any driving differences. When you engage 4x4, and the locker engages, they get great snow traction, but can slip left and right in the ice if you don't know what you are doing.
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I got a open carrier to put a drop in locker in, so I'm going for it.
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Old March 16th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #31
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I have selectable locker in my Blazer and I sometime turn it on to try to drift in the snow but actually I couldnt make it any easier than when its off.

I'd say it depend on the vehicles themselves and the driver.

can it be done? definately

is it for you? probably
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Old March 17th, 2010, 10:39 AM   #32
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You will be fine.

I went from a elocker to a detroit in the rear of my Tacoma this last fall and was a little nervous about the snow do to all the horror stories you read.


well, IMO, those horror stories are a bunch of crap. I wish I would have put the locker in a long time ago. To me the truck actually handles better since it acts the same everytime where as the open diff can lock up or not lock up and you never know what it is gonna do. The only issue I see (and it is so minor that if you are not focusing on finding a problem you will never notice it) is that when in 4wd the rear tries to push the front straight when trying to turn but a little bit of throttle will overcome it and the front pulls the rear around no problem.
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Old March 17th, 2010, 01:05 PM   #33
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So I'd love to hear what people here have to say about using a locker in the back of a Bronco that gets driven all winter.
in the back of my 79 bronco i had a mini spool. drove it on the roads for 2 years like that. its a feel thing. once you get used to it you know how to drive it, just like anything else. i drove 75 miles round trip to work and back with it in there, mixed backroads and highways. i had 33" BFG mud terrains on it. i loved it. just my experience.
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Old March 17th, 2010, 01:20 PM   #34
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What most people don't realize is that running 4wd on the road gives you less control. Sure, you can accelerate better, but when tires spin, you don't have control. If your front tires are not spinning, then you can steer (if you know how to drive). If you have it in 4wd and you spin all 4 tires, you're most likely just going to go straight (into the ditch).
only if you drive like a moron and think that you have 4wd and as soon as it gets out of shape you let of the gas or worse hit the breaks
best thing for me is drive like a white man and if it gets out of wack , poin the tires where i want to go and gas it out..

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LIke I said in your other posts about this, rear locker in winter BLOWS!!

and that is from personal experience

double sucks for a front locker! you are asking for trouble.
on that note lockers suck ass compaired to open front and rear PERIOD... take the same rig one with open front and rear and one with one lockers and a snowy curvy coarse and the open difed rig will hand the locked rig its ass..

but lockers are drivable but you have to be smart about them, first down side is the rear wants to go strait and the front wont turn as easy, with a locker in the front you will have real fun trying to keep it strait on pavment

Spool rear is way more preditable the a locker that is locking and unlocking

that why ARB or ox locker rull DD rigs for the ones with money to buy them
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Old March 20th, 2010, 05:57 AM   #35
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I am not a big fan of the "locker wiggle" that I get when shifting gears. I guess it adds character though, and scares the keys out of the wifes hands.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 08:38 PM   #36
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What most people don't realize is that running 4wd on the road gives you less control. Sure, you can accelerate better, but when tires spin, you don't have control. If your front tires are not spinning, then you can steer (if you know how to drive). If you have it in 4wd and you spin all 4 tires, you're most likely just going to go straight (into the ditch).
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rear only is not good, but you can live with it. it will take some getting used to.
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From real life personal experience, it sucks.
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LIke I said in your other posts about this, rear locker in winter BLOWS!!

and that is from personal experience

double sucks for a front locker! you are asking for trouble.
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in the back of my 79 bronco i had a mini spool. drove it on the roads for 2 years like that. its a feel thing. once you get used to it you know how to drive it, just like anything else. i drove 75 miles round trip to work and back with it in there, mixed backroads and highways. i had 33" BFG mud terrains on it. i loved it. just my experience.
agree. I prefer spools to lockers, I am not a fan of the way lockers can sometimes be unpredeictable and lock or unlock at times.

Spool in the back of my yj on snow was fine, spool in back and locker in front was acceptable, though it did push more in turns, but I got used to it.
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Old March 20th, 2010, 09:02 PM   #37
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Here is a post from the Jeep Tech section on lockers in the snow.


I didn't feel like peeroasting my replies from there.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 11:24 AM   #38
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I daily drove mine all year round with 2 lockers for years. If you don't know how to drive a locker can spin you around real quick in te snow. In heavy snow I probably would prefer a spool for consistancy, but it's really no big deal once you get used to it.
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i ran my samurai welded all year round u just have too drive accordingly dont drive it like a racecar and ull b fine
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I daily drove mine all year round with 2 lockers for years. If you don't know how to drive a locker can spin you around real quick in te snow. In heavy snow I probably would prefer a spool for consistancy, but it's really no big deal once you get used to it.
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