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Truetrac in the front- How good or bad?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bajaviking, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. bajaviking

    bajaviking 1/2 ton status

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    I came across a cheap truetrac that I was thinking about putting in the front diff. of my 10 bolt. How good or bad are they?
     
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    im kinda new to all of this, but i dont think any one here would reccomend any traction assist in a 10 bolt..
     
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    I ran one in a D44 front axle. The difference over an open diff off road was incredible and it had great manners compared to a locker. Provided you're not anticipating extreme usage, they are great differentials in my opinion.
     
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    I have a trac lok in my front 10 bolt. No problems "yet", just have to remember the right foot can't be too heavy!! :D
     
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    I currently have it welded which was not a problem before because I was mainly doing dirt and sand but lately I have been doing a lot of rocks and the steering sucks and I am getting tired of jumping in and out of the truck doing the old "unlocking/locking front hub routine". I am just trying to figure out if I should go with the truetrac or if I should throw a lockright in there. I run a welded 14 bolt in the rear which I am really happy with and I really like the traction of the welded front and I don't want to loose too much traction going to the truetrac but I also need to be able to steer.
    I only run 35"s and I have gotton pretty good and avoiding breakage now so I am not planning on going to Dana 60, cross over steering $$$$$..... anytime soon.
     
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    I like the truetrac diff, it offers great traction without the bad habits of a locker, you have to beat on your truck pretty hard to notice its not a locker
     
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    From the articles I've read, in 4wd the behavior in front is pretty darn good. Not at all like a true locker of course.

    Only problem is modulating the brakes for it to grab with a front wheel in the air, but since brake bias is towards the front anyway, a little bit of brake should suffice. Easily done with an auto trans, a bit more difficult with a manual.
     
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    I would recommend a posi (eaton is what I have) in your front 10 bolt. It starts off locked, then breaks loose when there is a certain amount of torque differential thereby saving your ujoints, shafts, etc. Works great for me...
     
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    I really like the trutrac also. I had them front/rear in my rig at one point, and they never let me down. Don't even know they are there on-road, easy to turn offroad. If you aren't ready/willing to run a detroit or have the $ for a selectable, a trutrac is probably the next best option.

    j
     
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    my uncle had one after the first run i asked him what do you think?.......... his reply true trac crap....... He ended up breaking that thing in 1/2 at one of our other run's
     
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    Do it. Just keep an extra set of shafts for when you break one.
    BTW... If you do break one, you can still run in 4wd.
     
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    I had one up front back when I had 10 bolts. I liked it. Unless a tire was completely off the ground, it seemed to perform really well. I had twin 10 bolts, a detroit out back, a truetrac up front and 35x15.5x15 SX's. Only broke one front axle, and that was due to a u-joint failure (after landing hard from a full throttle wheelie on a steep, rutted section of a powerline road). I was very impressed with my 10-bolts for what they were. Just mind the skinny pedal. The trutrac is a good compromise between steering and traction.
     

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