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Is the Detroit SofLocker as strong as the original Detroit?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Parf, Jan 23, 2002.

  1. Parf

    Parf Registered Member

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    The new “Detroit SofLocker” differential indicated by an “SL” in the model number (187SL-16D), provides smooth and quieter oper- ation in the drive-coast mode. A dampening device has been inserted into the inboard end of each side gear.

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    So, anyone have experience with both their old and updated Detroit lockers? Any strength issues here?

    <font color=blue>Parf</font color=blue>
    1984 K5 Jimmy 4x4 Sierra Classic
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  2. kpanza

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    No strength issues! And yes, it is a little quieter and a bit smoother than the older ones...I have the softlocker in the 14 bolt...but believe me, it's still the same old Detroit, still has the clunks, slop and awesome traction of the original! My Jeep has an old Detroit, and it is definitely louder, but not so much that it is a night and day difference...

    You might as well go with the softlocker and get it as quiet and smooth (I use that term very loosely!) as a Detroit is gonna get! [​IMG]
     
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    i think they just added a spring

    formerly 77chev
    still a jerk though
     
  4. Parf

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    Thanks for the info. As long as it's still a detroit, what more could you ask for?

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    1984 K5 Jimmy 4x4 Sierra Classic
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