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Soft Locker

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Heavymetal, Mar 7, 2002.

  1. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Can anyone tell me the difference between a detriot locker and a soft locker? I was considering getting one for my 14FF.

    Thanks,
    Mike.
     
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    Unless something has changed the Detroit is the only locker available for the 14b ff. According to what I have read and heard.
     
  3. Blazer79

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    I was wandering also about which one is THE detroit locker. Everyone just mentions "Detroit Locker".

    This is from 4wpw.com:

    C-Locker:
    DET225C-135A GM 14-bolt 9.5" all ratios $566.95

    Soft Locker:
    DET225S-10 GM 14-bolt 10.50" - all ratios $344.95

    Which one is THE Detroit locker for a 14 bolt?
     
  4. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    The 9.5 is a semi-floater, the 10.5 is the full-floater. I was looking at the same ad. 4wparts only lists the soft locker for the 10.5 14ff. They state that it reduces ingagement noise. I can only assume that they are refferring to standard detroit locker. Thus my confusion.

    Mike.
     
  5. Blazer79

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    You mean there's still another kind of Detroit Locker? What's its official name?
     
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    I think it is just a redesign that replaces the old detroit. Same thing only engages smoother??
     
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    Mike, I'd just go with the standard Detroit, costs only about $300 and you can install yourself with this info link http://www.off-road.com/chevy/tech/detroit/ - easy install and Shannon just did one on his Blazer.
     
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    Heavymetal 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I'm inclined to agree with Triaged. I think that it is just a newer version of the same old detriot locker. 4Wparts has it for $345. I just thought I'd ask to see if anyone knew for sure. I just got my tax return back and I am trying to decide how to spend it./forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    Mike.
     
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    I was just gonna post this question.
    But in the new Petersons it still shows the Detroit for $327.
    I went to Tractech and there is no mention of the soft locker, just the Detroit locker.
    I am assuming that the soft locker is a new design.
    I am going to call 4WPW when I get into Portland and see what is up.
     
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    Heavymetal 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Cool, let me know what you find out.

    Mike.
     
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    <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/rz/r1/8/6/35/13180635eMJgRwMOTh_ph>Official name of a 'detroit locker'</a>

    <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/album/19011666xdoYNaahzb>Manual that comes with Detroit locker</a>
     
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    A Detroit locker is called a Detroit Locker, but sometimes called a No-Spin, both names were on the instructions, as for the Soft-locker, it is a redesign with changes to the springs and other parts to lessen the backlash clunk, i remember there being a note in mine when i got it stating that if the part number contained a certain character ( i think an S) that is was a soft locker, Its just a new and improved version of the original, I got mine for $310 from Reider Racing.
     
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    Guys, check with Randy's Ring and Pinion up in Seattle, when we priced one last year for my truck it was $312 delivered to Portland. Might be worth a call............. http://www.ring-pinion.com
     
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    I think I am gonna try out the Soft Locker.
    With the Bush Hacker 10% discount it will still be around $300.
    I am going to call it in tomorrow and have it overnighted in.
    But I am goona see about Randy's too.
     

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