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Opinion, Lock Right, or No Slip

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 86blazerk5, Oct 2, 2001.

  1. 86blazerk5

    86blazerk5 1/2 ton status

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    Hey guys i am looking for experianced opinions and input on weather I shouck bye a lock right or a powertrax no slip. I would rather bye a lock right becuase it is much cheaper. However, My truck is mostly street, and I do drive in the snow a lot in the winter. So what i am wonder in is this. For my limited off road use, and my snow driving. Would it be best to go with a lock right, or a no slip. other things to keep in mind are this. A. I could also just keep my open diff, but I am about to put 4.56 gears in, and would prefer to do it all at once, so the a year down the road, I am not spending even more money to have it done, when I could yhave it all done at once.B. I have never driven a vehicle with a locker in it, so it would take me some getting use to. So with my limited experiance and budget, and off road use, should I , leave it open, lock it, or Get a no slip? Thanks
    Ike

    One more question, If I do lock it, how long does it take you to get use to the diferent handling characteristics?


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  2. FWP

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    A Powertrax no slip is a Lock-right, improvements were made to make it quieter. I love mine, front and rear, daily driver. It took a day or so to get used to them on the street, they're hardly noticible to me now. Off-road- all I can say is WOW- huge difference, excellent traction. my .02....

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  3. CaptCrunch

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    Hey FWP... have you gotten that bad boy in the snow yet to see how the powertrax does?

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    Like FWP said they are very close to the same. I have heard the powertrax is suppost to be stronger and quieter. Not sure on the stronger piece. Look back a couple days and see the posts on posi and lockers. Lots of good info and you can read about the Eaton posi's (non-OEM) with the changable springs for aggressiveness, the Detriot Tru Trax, etc. Here is the link http://coloradok5.com/gallery/captcrunch
     
  5. Grim-Reaper

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    For snow and ice your better off with a Limited slip NOT a locker. A locker on ise will make the truck fish tail and crab. A limited slip will help keep the truck going straight because there is some give but both wheel will turn. Something like a Auburn would be better for winter weather driving.

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  6. FWP

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    Not yet there Cap'n..... I've heard that some people have problems in snow, but I gotta see for myself..winter's a comin[​IMG]..............

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    I don't mind the noise of my Lockrights one bit. I can only hear it in my street truck. My 4x4's exhaust covers it up [​IMG]
    BTW, it only has turbo muffs with no tailpipes.
    The Lock RIghts really aren't that loud.


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  8. michaelm

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    i run detroit and it is the best in the snow. nothing worse than an open dif.
     
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    Now see, this is wierd, aome peopole are telling me that loclers suck in the snow, others are telling me they rock. I would think a locker would be bad in snow, and thats why I asked. basically the thing is this, I am looking for the best of both worlds with out paying mucho money for a limited slip. They are so expensive. I can get the lock right from Randys R&amp;P for around 250. The Power Trax Limited is around 350. I drive the street a lot, and I have to drive in snow in the winter, And i ocasu=ionaly do off road, but not much really. What I want is to be equiped, for whatever comes along, but be in control on the street and in the snow and rain.
    Ike

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    lockers are worse for street snow and ice. If not driven carefully you could easily do major fishtailing, etc. in DEEP off-road type snow, lockers are good, same benefits as they have in other off-road situations.

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    You should be able to get a Aurburn for around $350 also. DEEP snow a locker is great. It's simular to mud. You want all wheels spinning and the snow will keep you from going sideways to much. Light snow where it packs quick and makes a ice layer....it will be a handful. If all four tires are on ice the locker is either going to push the front end and give you no steering or both back tires are going to spin and slide you sideways. A LS will start you, give a slight kick sideways but as soon as you get some foward motion it will back off and give you your steering back and the rear should pull back inline till the tires loose grip again. Then you will get a kick and it starts all over again. The rear will jump out a bit then come back in line once both tires are moveing close to the same speed.
    Locker as soon as it gets ANY power it locks both back wheels together and if your on Ice the tail WILL come around. the only way to get them to unlock is to coast and then the fastest wheel will overide and unlock. Well there will not be enough friction to get a faster wheel so it will not unlock. Both wheels will stay locked and your just going to go sideways.
    If you get a lot of winter weather...LS

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    If I was swapping gears, I wouldn't even consider keeping the open carrier. I'd get a full carrier replacement locker installed. Lock rights are made for people who just want to change from open to locked. If you're changing gears, just get a full carrier locker. They're much stronger.

    I have a posi unit in my rear, front is open. I am too scared to drive in the snow with any kind of traction device up front.

    Tim
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  13. RedDwarf

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    I think you will find that the people who tell you lockers are good ACTUALLY have them....

    Still Poundin' "pavment" after all these years!!! [​IMG]
     

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