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Old 12-30-2009, 11:10 PM   #1
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Limited slip options

Hi,
I'm sure this has been discussed but I want to add a limited slip/locking rear diff to my 03 4cyl 4X4. Pros/cons of different setups.
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I know ARB makes a solid Locker...check this out
http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...s-p-17181.html
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:51 AM   #5
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So do most people run them just on the rear of a 4x4 or is that something that would be run front and rear
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So do most people run them just on the rear of a 4x4 or is that something that would be run front and rear
Which...Lockers or Limited Slip??

Lockers- Both is handy but lots of folks get along with just the rear.
LSD- Usually just the main drive wheels.

but those are kind generalizations...You can do whatever you want.
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My main use would be for traction in snow. I'm not into off road driving. I figure a locking diff would be best for my situation-driving up snowy roads. Is there a TRD locking diff that would fit my axle? I would like to stay with a Toyota offering if possible.
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Actually for snowy road use, I would rather have a limited slip. They both will help, but the locker set up is more for heavy off road use. Again, they both have overlapping benefits on or off road, but I would prefer LSD on road and locker off road. JMO.
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Actually for snowy road use, I would rather have a limited slip. They both will help, but the locker set up is more for heavy off road use. Again, they both have overlapping benefits on or off road, but I would prefer LSD on road and locker off road. JMO.
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My main use would be for traction in snow. I'm not into off road driving. I figure a locking diff would be best for my situation-driving up snowy roads. Is there a TRD locking diff that would fit my axle? I would like to stay with a Toyota offering if possible.
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Like NAAC3Taco said.....

For ON-ROAD traction in the snow, look for a limited slip for the rear axle. It will function 100% of the time while you drive without any input. PLUS - it'll continue to work even while in 2WD. They're operated via clutch paks inside the differential and overall much safer to use. They are 'silent' in a sense that the driver doesn't have to think about it.

A locker is something completely different and does not allow for slippage. They shouldn't be used while ON-ROAD but only in extreme offroad situations and in 4WD. Lockers can be fulltime or they can be engaged. Lockers change the driving/steering/road handling characteristics. If you don't know what you're doing - you can break mechanical components and put yourself in an unsafe situation while the locker is engaged.
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donuts in the snow

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I had an international pickup with a locking rear diff. In the snow I had to be very careful not to spin into donuts when accelerating out of corners. Basically the locking diff will spin you around in snow so I think the limited slip would be your better option. Limited slip allows more control.
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Thanks for all the replys. Sounds like limited slip is best for my situation. Is the best option to purchase the diff, pull my 3rd member and take it to a shop to be set up? Is limited slip on the front an option?
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From my research it looks like the Detroit Truetrac is the best choice for front and rear. Thanks for all the input
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