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Old February 27th, 2006, 07:34 PM   #1
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Maybe this should be in the tech section, but how many of you guys drive a vehicle with a lincoln locker in the rear for a DD/extensively on the street, or for that matter a full detroit/spool in the rear? Just wondering what the pros/cons are about it (the main concern is how the women half of me will have to adapt to driving it, or if it's simply out of the question for her - and by this question I do mean that she's not quite the afluent driver)
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Old February 27th, 2006, 08:00 PM   #2
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please post a pic of what half of you is woman
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For a trail rig, its a great option.

For something thats primarily a DD, its not a great choice.

The 3 big things that you'll be dealing with in terms of driving:

1) tire squeal around tight turns, especially michigan lefts
2) around such turns, you are fighting the physics that make it want to go straight not turn
3) on slick surfaces, you are much more prone to fishtailing.

that, plus the heavy wear on your tires...
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Please move me to the tech section........
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I find it easier to drive than an open diff
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does it really tear up tires worse than a locker? I was thinking about doing this to my green truck.
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I find it easier to drive than an open diff
how so??? just curious. i've been thinking about welding my rear and figured on just adjusting my driving habits accordingly.
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The only time a detroit unlocks is when there is no load at the pinion. So if you coast around all corners then a Detroit will have less tire wear then a spooled rear.

For me personally the predictable behavior of a welded rear is worth the small bit of added tire wear. Locked rears pull on shifts and acceleration, where a spooled rear does not.
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it is predictable to know that both wheels will always act the same in all conditions. You never have to worry about one wheel not turning or suddenly transferring power from inside to outside wheel.

I knew at all times what my welded rear was going to do when I hit the gas. I spent the extra money on a Powertrax No-Slip for my new XJ since I was driving 90% highway miles and towing a trailer a lot.
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The only time a detroit unlocks is when there is no load at the pinion. So if you coast around all corners then a Detroit will have less tire wear then a spooled rear.

For me personally the predictable behavior of a welded rear is worth the small bit of added tire wear. Locked rears pull on shifts and acceleration, where a spooled rear does not.


The words out of my mouth.........

After seeing people with detroits, or Ez lockers with smaller tires than me break several axleshafts, and other parts from their locker un-loading, I am far more happier with a welded/spooled rear, than I would even be with a locker.

The only locker I would put in a rear axle would be an ARB or similiar, on they're a spool, off their open or limited slip.
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well i used a lunchbox locker for a year in the yota as a dd, lock-rite $220. it worked excelent for me, although around most turns i had the clutch in and after year i pulled it and sold... it was pefect... and i think the woman half could manage one as long as its not slick out, a lincoln locked rear im not sure.

I just welded the yotas diff up... biggest reason.... so its predictabal. My xj and its worn out limited slip is so damn annoying, i don't know how i ever drove with an open diff before
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