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Old March 21st, 2006, 01:25 PM
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Locker Question

I have looked a few pages back and did not see anything on this so here goes. I have a '95 manual and want to put a locker on the rear diff. Does anyone have any feedback on the detroit soft locker? I am concerned mostly about driving on the highway and city driving and how it handles. The ARB air is a proven option but more expensive. Any possible advise would be much appreciated.

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Old March 21st, 2006, 01:52 PM
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since you have a manual and are concerned about on road manners I would highly recommend ARB.
The design of a detroit requires alot of backlash and when compounded in a land rover that all ready has lots of backlash AND a manual trans I would avoid it if at all possible.
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Old March 21st, 2006, 02:37 PM
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I ran one of those Detroits in the rear of my 94 D90 for 3+ years with no issues. I like it so much I am about to swap it out of the 94 into my 97.
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Old March 21st, 2006, 02:53 PM
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On road no issues at all. Highway, around town, whatever. Offraod only in the snow I would prefer a selectable locker but that is preference.
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Old March 21st, 2006, 02:53 PM
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Running a Detroit in the 90, only things I notice, it wants to go straight in the snow no matter how hard you turn the tires while accelerating, but coasting it will turn, putting it in diff lock helps too.

When it "unloads" for the most part it lets out a little click, but every now and then it unloads under acceleration and sounds like a glass bottle exploding (very cool when you are driving by people on the side of the road! They jump back and wait for parts to fall off the 90).
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Old March 21st, 2006, 03:56 PM
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When it "unloads" for the most part it lets out a little click, but every now and then it unloads under acceleration and sounds like a glass bottle exploding (very cool when you are driving by people on the side of the road! They jump back and wait for parts to fall off the 90).
I was at a covered drive through and when I pulled slightly forward it unloaded--scared the crap out of me because of the "echo"--I look behind me and there was a guy in a F250 that was also pulling forward and he thought he might have hit me! We both had a good laugh about it.

I have no issues with my Detroit, but you have to learn to drive with it--if you accelerate around a corner, it will lock and if it is wet/snowy, it will slide. Personally, I find this rather fun and do it alot in CO. If you are not good at learning stuff like letting it coast through turns and want a "no brainer", don't get the detroit.
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 09:25 AM
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Thanks for the feedback

This is a much more cost effective way to go then the ARB, so I apprecaite all the feedback and help in thinking through this.

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Old March 22nd, 2006, 10:13 AM
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either solution you won't regret. good luck.
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 12:13 PM
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I had a detriot in the 110, seemed to pop loud more than I expected.....
How about a true-trac?
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I'm moving my Tru-trac from my Range Rover to the Defender - love that thing - works very well in all situations.
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since you have a manual and are concerned about on road manners I would highly recommend ARB.
The design of a detroit requires alot of backlash and when compounded in a land rover that all ready has lots of backlash AND a manual trans I would avoid it if at all possible.
I'd second the ARB recommendation. HOWEVER, consider that this is a fulltime 4wd system, so the snaps pops and jerks will be much less than in a rwd swb (um, jeep?). However, as others have stated, you probably will have to learn to drive it properly. HTH
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 09:51 PM
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You will not even feel a thing with a detroit in the rear. I could not even tell I had it in the rear. I never drove on snow so that could be something.
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I routinely feel mine in the snow--it is definitely there but no big deal once you know what is happening. But surely there. On dry pavement, though, I agree.
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I went with the detroit and it is absolutely great. I can understand the snow and ice delima, but on dry streets the diff in unlock pushes the power to the front wheels about most of the time. Thanks for all the advice
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I used a Detroit in my 90, Still use one in my 101 and my H1 would not run my rigs any other way. Simple and sweet. (and we get a lot of snow, mud, slippery vegetation in the mountains of Killington VT)
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