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Old December 4th, 2006, 09:35 AM
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New Lockers, any pointers on how to use them?

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The d90 is almost done...35's and necessary lifts, GBR heavy duty everything, and the 4.1 gears and ARBs went in last week.

Any advise on when to use them and more importantly when not to use them?
What about using them on beach sand? Does it help or dig you in?

I hear on the board that people try the trail sans lockers, then try the rears when you can't make it.
Can you activate them while you are moving? (seems like a no-no)

I just haven't been around lockers that much...tips/pearls appreciated.
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Old December 4th, 2006, 10:42 AM
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As the LR label says..."when traction is likely to be lost"...
You should have a leaflet which comes with the lockers.
It nicely sums up all the dos and don'ts you need to know.

Other than that it's up to good sense and experience.

As to engaging "on the move" you can do it but make sure
1)wheels are straight
2)wheels are not spinning already (ouch)

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Old December 4th, 2006, 10:45 AM
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I have the same set up... I use mine when I can not get up and over an obstical, I always want to try and see what I can do on skill alone. I usually stop or slow down before locking it up. I have not tried them on sand, but I would use them to equal out power.

One thing I have been warned about is not to use them on dry pavement.

Were you at Carolina Rovers URE in April? What color is your truck?

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Old December 4th, 2006, 10:48 AM
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Huh. I would think locking an ARB while moving would be bad. As for when to and when not to. I'd say try unlocked first and if you feel like you are getting stuck stop and engage then try again.
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Old December 4th, 2006, 11:04 AM
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exactlly. I always try without.. then just the rear then both... But if you are tackling a huge mud pit or something nuts, I would lock up everything prior to the attempt... Just use your head.
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Old December 4th, 2006, 11:14 AM
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Re:"Were you at Carolina Rovers URE in April? What color is your truck?"
No, missed that one. Thought about going this weekend to test things, hard to get away with the Holiday events.
Truck is freshly painted Chawton White, the truck was a turd when I got it.
I found out you can't polish a turd, but you can paint it white and completely redo to your specs.
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Old December 4th, 2006, 11:16 AM
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Using lockers "before" prevents wear on the driveline...
I always prefer not to try disengaged if in doubt (CLUNK!CLUNK!CLONKSTONK!OUCH!)
I paid my $ and must enjoy them everytime I may need...
...what are they for in the end?
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Old December 4th, 2006, 05:51 PM
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Some advice I heard, and it makes great sense, use them as a tool and not as a crutch.
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Dry beach sand, you wouldn't really need them, the traction is very even from wheel to wheel so differential action shouldnt come into play much.. Id lock em for hills or dunes though, or if the terrain gets wet, uneven or mixed.

And be careful wqhen in slippery conditions like ICE!! Having the tires independent on ice (unlocked) helps keep things going straight, but when theyre locked and you go around a turn one of the wheels is going to break free and then youre halfway into a slide. keep it slow of course.

Also, when navigating off camber situations, (driving across a slope) where tires NEED traction or else you're going to be sliding off the trail, be careful with turning so as to keep the tires from breaking loose.

I second the pearl up there "Use them as a tool, not as a crutch" meaning use them to help you navigate certain situations, but dont use them wildly and get youreself in over your head!! Be careful, your well equipped truck is now capable of getting stuck in much worse situations ! : )

have fun with the rig!!!


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Post pics of your turd man. I know you've been building it for months now...let's see it.
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