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Locker or LSD for snow driving (normal city driving)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by NEK5, Feb 9, 2007.

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which traction aid for a 85-90% DD

Poll closed Feb 14, 2007.
  1. Lockright

    18 vote(s)
    62.1%
  2. some type of limited slip

    11 vote(s)
    37.9%
  1. NEK5

    NEK5 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    The topic of this thread has now changed to: Running lockers or LSDs in snow, for normal city driving....who`s doing it, how is it, and what are you running?
     
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    Good quality U-joints, proper maintenance, and maybe an HD tie-rod and Diff cover or rock ring since clearance wont be real great. Other than that I wouldnt worry too much. I beat my 10 bolt pretty good with 33's for awhile and never broke it. If you get it twisted up in the rocks or something yeah it's gonna let go, but just trails/mud it'll be fine.
     
  3. NEK5

    NEK5 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    How about a traction aid, of some sort?
     
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    What he said plus a lockright.

    Harley
     
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    roadnotca 3/4 ton status

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    X2 on LockRight. WARN Premium hubs too. With age/mileage, ball joints will come due.
     
  6. NEK5

    NEK5 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Well, the front end has actually been rebuilt less than 1000 miles ago. I put in all new Moog ball joints, precision greasable axle shaft u joints, and it already had warn premium hubs....
     
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    lockright
     
  8. NEK5

    NEK5 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    poll added;)
     
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    Good job. I think the only other question to ask would be what kind of experience have people had with an LSD (in the front) in snow.
     
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    Ok:D

    Alright guys, what are your experiences with a limited slip in the snow? how about a locker?
     
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    I'm also interested in feedback on LSDs in snow.:D
     
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    Here is my experience with lockers in the snow. My K5 is locked front & rear. For most normal snowfalls I never needed to put it in 4x4. When we got 36" of snow I used 4x4 and my truck went through it locked front and rear. This is all city driving.

    People say you shouldn't run lockers with snow driving because they are more prone to slipping on ice but I personally have not had that problem. If the road is nasty enough to need 4x4 with 2 lockers then the fact that the front axle shouldn't matter there should be plenty of slippage for turning.

    Harley
     
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    I have heard if you have a locker up front that you can just lock one hub
    and you will be able to steer just fine and if you need the extra traction
    you can lock the other hub. is this true can you do this with out hurting anything?
     
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    NEK5 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Anyone else running lockers or LSDs in the snow, for normal city driving?
     
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    This may, or may not, be a stupid question. Right now, I have a posi rear. Could I have that posi unit put up front, then put a lockright out back? Is that, at all, possible, or even worth it?
     
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    10 years ago my DD was a 90 Chevy 1500 IFS w/35's, when the Gov bomb blew up in the rear I put a Detroit and 456's in the rear and drove it in the snow with no problem did put some sand bags in the bed though. This was in 2wd I didnt have the money right away to switch the front, it went every where 4wds were going.
     
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    If your "posi" is the gov bomb I wouldnt waste the time and effort on swapping that POS to the front.
     
  19. NEK5

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    As far as I know, its an actually posi unit. I believe the axle was built from a company called JASPER, at least thats what the PO of the axle told me....
     
  20. mrk5

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    For me the LSD vs locker would come down to price. The LSD will work just fine in the snow, but so will a locker.

    Dad (fred2mihi) has an LSD in the front of his K5 and it works great in the snow. In rocks however he has had at least one issue with it letting him down. But all in all, it works great for what he uses it for.
     

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