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Lincoln Locker or welded spiders in snow/ice ?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by CaptCrunch, Dec 18, 2001.

  1. CaptCrunch

    CaptCrunch 1/2 ton status

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    Who has run a Lincoln Locker or welder spider gears in the snow and ice on the street. I found a diff, but it is welded and I'm concerned about the ice and snow. I have heard a lot of horror stories and that the last thing I want is my Blazer rolled over in a ditch. Any opinions would be great.

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    Just drive slow on ice. I have never driven on ice with a locker, but isnt much different then trying to climb really step (60 degrees and steeper) on rock with loose dirt over it. You can and will get sideways, but dont freak and you will be fine. Dont over correct, or you will end up in a ditch.

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    i owuld just stick with a open diff in the winter. much better traction in snow ice and rain. very sketchy for everyday driving, you tend to follow the slope of the road even if you don't want to.

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    vince13 is right on track just nasty when trying to get to work,
    great when out screwing around in the snow for fun
     
  5. 84_Chevy_K10

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    your Blazer is way too nice for that.

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  6. FWP

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    I haven't forgotten about your question to me awhile back, about my experience with the lockers. I have been in the process of putting a motor in the Blazer, and it snowed and iced up pretty good- while the K5 was in the garage- go figure[​IMG]. Anyway, there's plenty of winter left to play in........

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  7. CaptCrunch

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    Thanks Tim... But the Blazer is kinda a sour spot for me... need to get some axle decided on and swapped in by the 26th, and just went 3 weeks without my truck because it was suppose to be getting the floor patched up... well wrong part shows up so once again back to me it comes for another month till I can drop it off again and the right part shows up.

    But anyways... [​IMG]. I think I will just try and find some spiders and break the welded ones out. That's if it can be done... that way can avoid the whole resetting the carrier deal. Still not 100% sure on the whole deal anyways... thanks for the info guys

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  8. CaptCrunch

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    Thanks FWP...

    Yeah looking at all options I guess. Funny how all the run around you get posting on 2 different boards the same question LOL. I know Rene said it wasn't too bad... maybe I'll just have to attempt a test drive... bad part is in a week I will be working a second job on Xmas break and driving 100 miles a day.... [​IMG]

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  9. tRustyK5

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    I honestly haven't had a problem running a welded diff daily. Certainly not on wet pavement...I have had several cars with open diffs that were all over the road on ice though. Ice doesn't care what your diff has in it, it offers so little traction that even an open diff'd truck or car will crab sideways on it.

    Sane driving in winter weather is much more important than what locker you have IMHO.

    Rene

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    if you can drive, you will prefer a locked dif in all situations if only for the rock solid predictability.
    there is no situation where an open dif is better save tire wear and perhaps turning radius when speaking of welded.
     

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