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Old 05-31-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to turbocharge my '98 5 lugger and the open diff just ain't gonna cut it. I found these Spartan Lockers and "searched" this site but mostly 4x4 guys talking about them. Any street trucks sporting one of these things?
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I'm getting ready to turbocharge my '98 5 lugger and the open diff just ain't gonna cut it. I found these Spartan Lockers and "searched" this site but mostly 4x4 guys talking about them. Any street trucks sporting one of these things?
Get a LSD for a daily driver. The spartan locker sucks for dd cuz it is always engaged when your on the gas
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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Look into the Supra LSD. From my understanding, the oem LSD from the supra/celica of certain years will drop into the rear diff of smaller toyota trucks. You can find them at junk yards or craigslist part out.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:06 PM   #4
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Get a LSD for a daily driver. The spartan locker sucks for dd cuz it is always engaged when your on the gas
Not "always" engaged. I have lockrites (similar design) and they don't always lock. Only time it matters is when you're turning anyway. And it was only sometimes locked when turning, every now and again, say when you floor it it will lock around corners.
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My truck has the 7.5, is the Supra the same?

I like the idea of the drop in locker over having to have a pro set up a diff swap
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Get a LSD for a daily driver. The spartan locker sucks for dd cuz it is always engaged when your on the gas
I have a Spartan in my '87 4Runner that I drive on the street and crawl with. While it is not "always" engaged; it is engaged as much as you are engaged with the gas pedal. I had to really think about not powering through turns because it would engage the locker. I would not put a lunch box type locker into a DD simply because of the traction/engagement issues for wet/icy conditions. I drove it around on some ice and had a lot of fun because it broke loose pretty easy when turning.
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:57 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the insight. Might try to find a posi, otherwise maybe the explorer 8.8 is an option
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I have the Richmond locker in the rear of my daily driver as well. I can personally say its not nearly as bad as everyone is saying they are. Yea there engaged when driving down the highway but who cares. When you need it its there. No air lines to worry about like the arb. No failing compressors. No electronic gremlins to worry about like with the e locker. When you turn corners with it, it ratchets. Once you get back on the gas hard it will engage. I've driven it most of the winter with it in the truck and no issues at all. If your looking for good positive traction without any headaches get the Richmond or the spartan. You won't be disappointed.
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Not "always" engaged. I have lockrites (similar design) and they don't always lock. Only time it matters is when you're turning anyway. And it was only sometimes locked when turning, every now and again, say when you floor it it will lock around corners.
I have the lock right on my truck and yeah your right about it not engaged when turn I guess I just got lead foot when I turn
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:11 PM   #10
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I have a Spartan in my '87 4Runner that I drive on the street and crawl with. While it is not "always" engaged; it is engaged as much as you are engaged with the gas pedal. I had to really think about not powering through turns because it would engage the locker. I would not put a lunch box type locker into a DD simply because of the traction/engagement issues for wet/icy conditions. I drove it around on some ice and had a lot of fun because it broke loose pretty easy when turning.
I've had few little scary moments in the rain. You defenitly have to change your driving habits when you put the lunch box locker on a dd.
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Check out the Aussie locker too... I had a guy join the site just to PM me and tell me to go with the Aussie. He had a pretty sweet 5 lugger... I believe it was Turboed. He used it for desert racing.

I haven't put it in yet, but want to eventually. Keep us posted on the turbo build, it's something I'm toying around with right now too
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I may go for it. The Spartan isn't expensive and I can sacrifice some comfort for positive traction, and since it very seldom gets snow or ice on the roads down here I'm not concerned about that. Besides who doesn't like going sideways around a corner?
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I may go for it. The Spartan isn't expensive and I can sacrifice some comfort for positive traction, and since it very seldom gets snow or ice on the roads down here I'm not concerned about that. Besides who doesn't like going sideways around a corner?
Good choice dude. You won't be disappointed. There strong, reliable, all minimal maintenance required.
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never was a fan of auburn stuff. Atleast in the mustang world their posi unit was not rebuildable. So once it's done it's done...
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