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what type locker to get

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by aduff85k5, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. aduff85k5

    aduff85k5 Registered Member

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    gearing the rear 14 ff to 4.88. 38 inch tsl soon to be in place. eaton limited slip up in a corp 10 bolt up front. mostley sandy terrain not much rock in florida but some mud. suggestions please with rational. by the way did i mention i love this place :bow:
     
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    Smitty 1/2 ton status

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    I stuck a detroit locker in my 56. It works great in the fine sand/mud and was a simple install (under an hour). Cheap too!
     
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    unless you can afford an ARB

    Jesse
     
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    mouse 1/2 ton status

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    Theres a vendor offering a great deal on Detroit lockers right now...in the vendor forum.
     
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  6. Jonny-K5

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    just kidding, detroit :D
     
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    walla2k5 1/2 ton status

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    I welded mine.....When that breaks, I'll get a Detroit....:D
     
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    Anybody have experience driving a detroit in the snow? Are they that bad in slick conditions?
     
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    not enough yet, but thats why I mentioned an ARB. If you plan on driving in icy conditions, do yourself and others a favor and get a selectable locker.

    Imagine taking a right hand corner in snowy conditions at 5 MPH, half way through the corner you give it some gas, well with an open diff you will start to fishtail. That was fun wasn't it.

    Now try that again with a locker, when you give it gas both tires catch traction rather than one and it will send you sliding across the intersection into the burm or tree, etc.

    just my .02

    Jesse
     
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    I had heard that before and since my toy is also driven on the street in winter it sounds like selectable is the one for me. Appreciate the advice Jesse.
     
  11. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Snow and ice combined with a Detroit in a short wheelbase rig is no picnic, especially on a one lane mountain road. I only have to deal with it once, maybe twice, a year. If the front is open or using a selectable locker put it into 4WD and the Detroit is not an issue. I grew up in Cleveland and understand your concerns.
     

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