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Lockers, everyday driving????

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by chev4life, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. chev4life

    chev4life 1/2 ton status

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    How is driving on the street with a detroit locker? I am looking at getting a 14ff with a detroit and I am wondering how my rig will handle daily driving if need be?
     
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    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    If its setup right, you won't notice it that much... atleast I dont... maybe its setup wrong and not engaging? /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    No but really, everyone says you have to "get used to it" but I didn't think it was that big of a deal. If you gas it around a corner you'll chirp. youll hear it clunk if you're slowing down for a redlight and it turns green and you give it some gas. no big deal really.
     
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    monsterjim 1/2 ton status

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    I can't notice really, unless you get on it around a corner. They (who "they" are I don't know) say not to use your cruise control when it is slick, snowy, icy out with a locker cause you will get a little squirly.
     
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    I can't notice really, unless you get on it around a corner. They (who "they" are I don't know) say not to use your cruise control when it is slick, snowy, icy out with a locker cause you will get a little squirly.

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    You really shouldn't use your cruise when it's slick out anyway.......whether you have a locker or not..........
     
  5. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    I've got one in my crew cab and I don't really notice it at all. Occaisionally I can feel it "push" the rear a little when making a sharp, low speed turn (parking lots, etc) but that's all.
     
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    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Hmmm, /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif I think I'll be getting a detroit too... /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif

    How about towing with a detroit?
     
  7. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I find I get a little bit of 'locker steer' with my Detroit. Add a little throttle and it wants to go left a little in the lane...take your foot completely off the throttle and it wants to go right a little.

    A truck with an automatic tranny would have less of this...I get it with every shift.

    Rene
     
  8. az-k5

    az-k5 1/2 ton status

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    The locker steer is more like really bad bump steer. I have gotten used to it. I barely notice that it is there anymore. I only really get feedback when I am on the throttle or in the rain. I ran a welded rear before, and an open before that. I love my detroit. I would not change it out for anything. Oh and this is my DD
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    I haven't towed with mine yet but I think it'll be ok. I would imagine if a person lived where the roads iced up it could be a problem.

    I agree with Rene, my old K10 had both a 4spd and auto over the years and his description is dead on. Also with the 4spd mine unlocked/locked a lot where as with my auto it either stays locked or I never notice the action (Ithink it stays locked because I never hear the "ping" of it relocking like with the 4spd).
     
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    I run dual detriots and I don't notice them, whether its in 2wd or 4wd. The only time you will notice it is when it "dis-engauges" aka, a loud clunk and a slight jerk. It doesn't happen the often, but I don't even notice it now.
     
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    Cool deal, I think a detroit it is going to be. Hopefully it works with towing and such.
     
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    I have towed with mine and had no problems. You'll love the locker, don't even hesitate with purchasing one. Mine is also a DD.
     
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    I agree, dont hesitate to own a Detroit in a 14FF, after hearing all the horror stories I was shocked at how quiet and smooth it works on the street. Some tire chirp around corners every now and then, but hey, its cool! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    powrk lok do the click noises too,

    only thing id be worried about with a true locking diff unit is in winter when ice and nsow is around, back end of vehicle would easily whip out form behind you
     
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    Might be a dumb question but if you get a detroit with your 4.10's will it work if you switch to 4.56, 5.13, etc.? or will you have to sell it and buy a different one?
     
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    Depends on the axle, but that's often the carrier break. If it is the break (4.10 and down, 4.56 and up) then going to deeper gears will take a new carrier, a thick gear set, or a spacer on the ring (I don't like these).

    I've had many vehicles locked in the rear and ususally don't notice. I've got a 1 ton K5 on 35s right now locked front and rear, no regrets, no problems. Just got to keep on your toes turning in the rain though.
     
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    How bad is it in the rain? Should I worry or is it mild?...low speeds only or changing highway lanes and stuff like that?
     
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    The rain issue is just in slower turning. The locker locks up a little more often and causes understeer which becomes oversteer when is unlocks again. I would not worry about it however. You just have to be aware of it, that's all.
     
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    Exactly. My DD has a Lock-Right in it. Other than making some funky noises once in a while, and having to drive a little bit more carefully in icey off ramps from the highway, I've had no issues from it in over 20,000 miles.
     
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    If you have a 4.10 detroit and you regear just use the thick gear sets that work with the 4.10 carrier. If you switch to the 4.56 carrier you will need a new locker, but if you just get the thicker gears for the 4.10 carrier you don't need a new locker.

    harley
     

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