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DETROIT & DANA 60

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by JDELBLAZ, Oct 18, 2003.

  1. JDELBLAZ

    JDELBLAZ 1/2 ton status

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    Have any of you guys ever put a detriot locker in your front axle and if so how does it work on the trail and on the street /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    I have a full detroit in my D60 and it works great on the trail, on the street you cannot turn if the vehicle is in 4X4.
     
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    Have any of you guys ever put a detriot locker in your front axle and if so how does it work on the trail and on the street /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif

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    My friend had one and it broke when one of his shafts snapped.
     
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    Works well in the MUD,Dont run with the hubs locked in on the Street.You will have fun turning.
     
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    Have any of you guys ever put a detriot locker in your front axle

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    i run detroits front (d60) and rear (ff14b)...

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    and if so how does it work on the trail

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    awesome, couldnt be happier.

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    and on the street /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif

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    awesome, couldn't be happier.

    buy one, stuff it in there, and forget about it.

    j
     
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    Now J, your not gonna tell us that it doesn't affect your ability to turn now are you? I have seen guys getting in and out to unlock a hub to make sharp turns, even with cross over steering /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Did they have hydro assist?!!! /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    Now J, your not gonna tell us that it doesn't affect your ability to turn now are you? I have seen guys getting in and out to unlock a hub to make sharp turns, even with cross over steering /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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    i have hydro + x-over. When Im trying to turn really tight and the front is locked up, I can feel it resisting a little... onroad Im sure it'd be a real biatch but, of course, I wouldnt have my hubs engaged onroad. Never really bothered me offroad either. If I am turning around on a trail, sometimes I make it a multipoint turn just because there is no reason not to and maybe it causes a lil less wear/stress on various components. If i need to turn tight for some reason, i can usually turn pretty well. just crank da wheel. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif Having had this setup for a while now, I dont think Ive ever thought to myself "gee, i sure would trade this traction for a better turning radius!". /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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    I was thinking more along the lines of selectable locker /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif I guess the hydro steering would make up for some of the steering problems too /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    This is interesting. Me and a few friends had this conversation the last time we went wheelin'.

    Hydro steering doesn't actually make your truck steer better with a locker, does it? It simply forces the wheels to turn, so the "understeer" effect of the detroit is still in full force, right?
     
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    Correct. You still get the binding/ jumping from having the wheel turned withthe locker engaged, but you can turn the wheel easier.
    I just installed my locker this summer and love it.
     
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    lil noise from the front end is no biggie. If peeps can deal with chirping tires in the back on-road (welded ff14?!), a little resistance from the front offroad is no big deal.

    AFA selectable lockers go, they are nifty... but they are also hella $pendy and can fail. The ARB is a very well made selectable locker, but there have definitely been recorded failures with them. Not that the detroit is all powerful and unbreakable... but short of an inner blowing up and taking some diff parts with it or something, detroits usually hold up as well as anything.

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    thnks for all your input guys looks like a detroit in my 60 is for me
     

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