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Does anyone have locker in the front axle of their Sub?

Discussion in '1936-Present Suburban' started by chvyhs, Jan 28, 2003.

  1. chvyhs

    chvyhs 1/2 ton status

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    The gears for my D60 are on their way and I have the chance to get a Detroit for the front too. It would be nice to have the front locked like the rear but I've heard that your turning radius is increased when the front is locked. My turnning radius is already pretty bad. Can anyone that's locked up front give some info? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    Well, I don't have a Detroit in my Suburban (it has a Powr-Lok) but I do have a Detroit in front of my crewcab and it seems the turning radius is nearly doubled! /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif But the only thing this rig is used for is to insure against stucks in the sand, so she's gots Detroits both in the front and rear. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    That's what I thought. I guess I'll keep it open until I can afford an ARB. Too bad they don't make a LSD for this axle. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    Has anyone seemn the new German select locker for the 14B? I think they also has a 60 application. Anyway, I'll see if I can get the name & a link.
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    I saw the other lockers. I have to install the new gears so I would rather do the full carrier locker at the same time. I could do one of those smaller lockers anytime. Know what I mean? I really don't want to have to make bigger turns than I already do. 99% of the guys I go wheelin with are shorter, narrower, and lower.
     
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    Just found this while looking in "The Garage"
    Sounds like there is a way to INCREASE your turning radius with a locker up front. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif You may want to chime in on that post with questions, or PM Hossbaby50.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    That's expensive! Thanks for the info. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    My friend has a Brunco with an ARB up front, and when it's locked in, turning radius sucks. In his Samurai, it has a quick-lock, but if we need to make a hard turn, I unlock one of the hubs and take the turn. Honestly, though, the ARB would be the better way to go.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    I do have a Detroit in front of my crewcab and it seems the turning radius is nearly doubled!

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    When its in 2wd?!?!? or just on 4wd?

    I'd been told a front Detroit was "transparent" (even with the hubs locked) so long as you stayed in 2wd.
     
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    OK, I'm a tad confused... First you said:
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    Too bad they don't make a LSD for this axle.

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    So I pointed out that they DO make LSD's for that axle. But then you said:
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    I saw the other lockers. I have to install the new gears so I would rather do the full carrier locker at the same time. I could do one of those smaller lockers anytime. Know what I mean? I really don't want to have to make bigger turns than I already do.

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    So I guess the question is, do you want a limited slip or a full locker?
     
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    My first choice is an ARB but I don't have the money. Second choice would be a tight Posi (but I haven't seen one for my axle).

    A friend of mine offered me a great deal on a Detroit for my front D60 so I was getting some opinions here. I was considering the Detroit since I'm putting in the new gears anyways and it's the same amount of work as an ARB or Auburn. I thought about the lockers that replace the spider gears but I feel that those can be done any time so I'm not really considering them right now.
     
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    As HarryH3 previously stated, if you are looking for a tight LSD for your Dana 60, then the Powr-Lok is it.

    Here is a good website that lists the differentiall options for D60's. Locking Diffs /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    That's a pretty good report, thanks./forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I think that you need to take HarryH3 &amp; Beast388's advice on the Power-Lok info . The P/L is known as the "King" of the L/S diff's. It replaces the whole carrier as does a D/L and is EXTREMELY durrable .
    You mentioned that you wanted a "tight" L/S but did not want the extra turnning radious of the D/L - than the P/L sounds like just what you are looking for .
    You can adjust the aggressiveness of the clutch packs by changing the order of the friction plates / clutches / and bellvelle spring plates .
    It sounds like the P/L is what you were looking for - Do some research on it , I'll bet you will like it .
    Tom
     
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    I have a friend that usually gets some good deals on things like this. He's seeing what he can do for me on the Powr-lok. It would be nice to do it all right the first time.
     
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    Call Rich in West Covina (you know, the guy that set up Keith's front 60) for a Powr-Lok...he sometimes has used ones and he rebuilds them.
     
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    I'll have to call him. I just answered your PM.
     

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