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LOCKER OR LIMITED SLIP?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by FRIZZLEFRY, Apr 22, 2001.

  1. FRIZZLEFRY

    FRIZZLEFRY 1/2 ton status

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    Im getting ready to rebuild my 12 bolt rear axle so I can attend Blazerfest.Ive got moser axles and 4.10s for it .Now I just need to decide on a locker or limited slip.Some say lockers are the only way to go and others say they cause your rear tires to wear out quickly.I drive this truck 98% of the time .The only thing that bothers me about a locker is the tire wear thing.Looking for input from you guys to help me decide.

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  2. HispanicPanic

    HispanicPanic 1/2 ton status

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    get the locker a detroit locker not an e-z or lock rite ive had the e-z in the back and broke it on the street got the full carrier detroit now and 0 problems i also have a 12 bolt as far as your tires wearing out you should have no problem with that as long as you dont give it throttle on turns your locker will un lock although some time you'll want to give it some gas making a u-ey just to turn some heads [​IMG] my jimmmy is also a daily driver and i love my locker and have had no problems i even locked it up front with an e-z since it is my daily and i wont be doing any extreme rock crawling (not that i can't) for the price an e-z is just fine for the front and cheap !

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://jimjim.coloradok5.com>http://jimjim.coloradok5.com</A> Not all Hispanics drive lowriders
     
  3. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    i would go with a full detroit[​IMG]

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  4. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I'd spool it or weld it...[​IMG][​IMG] j/k! It depends on how you want to wheel it. I think either will cause some extra tire wear, but not so much as you'd notice it. The limited slip will have better road manners but the Detroit will be stronger and more positive off-road.

    Rene

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  5. CaptCrunch

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    I look at it this way... posi in an offroad rig is kinda a waste IMO. At least if you get the articulation going or get wheels lifted off the ground. You'll probably have to play w/ the e-brake to get the rear to lock. Plus they wear out quickly when beat on and at least the Auburns aren't very rebuildable. LOcker is the way to go IMO. The ARB is awsome! Just lock it when you need it and unlock for street driving. It does need an air compressor and it becomes a very spendy deal. A Detriot is bulletproof, but depending where you are, they tend to suck in snow and ice on the street and take a while to get familar w/. The detriot will make some noise.... a little better street manners can be had from a Powertraxx. I know a guy w/ one in his Camaro and it works nice... It has also gotten many good reviews... Only down side is it still uses the stock carrier. Not sure how it fares in snow and Ice... have yet to hear from anyone on that. Just a few more comments to add to your folder... all kinda depends how hard you wheel and where.

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  6. stimpy

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    I just put a Powertrax in my rear and so far am really happy with it. The first time I put it in 4x4 in the snow it handled 100 times better than before, with normal 4x4. The only difference is getting use to the steering. It tends to straighten out when you step on the gas in a corner, but once you get use to it it's fine. The only other thing is the noise is louder(of course) and the loud thud when it relocks. Other than that I'm sold on it. Plus it was less expensive than the others. For a guy that just does mild off roadding and more driving in the snow it is great!!!

    Todd Miller

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    IF IT'S SNOWING AND IT'S DEEP. I'LL BE OUT IN IT!!!!!!
     
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    CaptCrunch 1/2 ton status

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    Did you put it in the front or the rear? Handling in snow and ice was pretty good?

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  8. stimpy

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    I put it in the rear, but as soon as I get a chance I'll put one in the front. Then I'll put one in the front. Then I'll have a great 4x4.

    Todd Miller
    Carnelian Bay, CA

    love my blazer, and 43 Dodge Carryall
    IF IT'S SNOWING AND IT'S DEEP. I'LL BE OUT IN IT!!!!!!
     
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    Definately a locker. I've got a limited slip in my corvette and while convieniently parking the right front in a ditch the left rear was completely off the ground, so I nailed it in reverse and it eventually backed out only after burning out the clutches. May have some relavence, but I'm sure the aftermarket slips for trucks should be a little more durable, but it still takes a lot more to make the other one bite....

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  10. Emmettology 101

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    Definately a locker. Go with a Detroit, or if you are short on funds, go with a welded diff or Spool like tRusty said.

    Mike - <A target="_blank" HREF=http://emmett.coloradok5.com>http://emmett.coloradok5.com</A>[​IMG]
     
  11. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Hey CC, my welded diff performs real well on snow. It actually requires way more throttle to even break the tires loose. About the only place it has drawbacks is on shear ice and an off camber road or trail...then again even an open diff will crab in that situation.
    I like it for not clunking or banging as it engages or disengages and it is very positive off road. No question whether or not its on or working etc...
    Fit my budget too [​IMG]

    Rene

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  12. CaptCrunch

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    I haven't looked too hard into the ole Lincoln Locker..I should do a search and get some info on it.... any pages on the net on it? I do like the price [​IMG] Can even fit my budget [​IMG]

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    1987 Chevy K5 Blazer- 350 TBI
     

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