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E-locker in rain

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Ridgerunner, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Dec 17, 2010 at 6:02 PM
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    Ridgerunner

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    I searched-I cant find anything. Any of you with the diff locker use it in the rain? In the 10 years of this truck's life I only activated it one time, just to see what it was like. I personally didn't dig it too much because of the odd sounds the tires made on a turn. Is it bad to use it on wet pavement?
    So my questions are-
    1-is it advisable to use the locker on wet pavement?
    2-is it advisable to run the locker now and then for maintainance of its function?
    3-are there any of you actually using it on wet road and how's it working for you?

    I imagine it would give me added traction no? but I don't want to tear it up either.
     
  2. Dec 17, 2010 at 6:11 PM
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    BAMFTACO

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    dont do it in the rain only if you want to be tokyo drift
     
  3. Dec 17, 2010 at 6:13 PM
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    jandrews

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    What he said. Jesus people! With the 4x4 and traction aid use on the pavements! That's a paddlin!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFgR0m-9FmM
     
  4. Dec 17, 2010 at 6:14 PM
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    malander

    malander That's some tight butthole

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    1) no.
    2) might not hurt, but mine works fine after not being used AT ALL by my dad (that's 100,000 miles)
    3) probably not, drive slow

    It's great for offroad situations and being stuck and what not, but I don't see much benefit of running a locker for wet conditions or even snowy conditions. Something tells me the tires would just spin out due to the lack of traction already provided by a wet road. Turning both at the same rate would force the rear axle too much. I would imagine most people use theres for mud, crawling, and stucks. I personally have only used mine in the mud. Maybe some other people can share their opinions
     
  5. Dec 17, 2010 at 6:16 PM
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    DO NOT...NOT...use lockers on road in snow. That shit is downright dangerous.

    Edit: Maybe if you're stuck, but as soon as you get moving, locker goes off. And FFS, don't use it in traffic.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2010 at 6:19 PM
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    Thanks for the swift responses. Happy with the advice you gave:) I will just run it on some dirt patch.
     
  7. Dec 17, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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    ouch...don't let your locker hear what you asked
     
  8. Dec 17, 2010 at 6:43 PM
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  9. Dec 30, 2010 at 10:24 PM
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    Maybe a dumb question, but can you use the rear diff locker in mud or loose dirt at any speed?
     
  10. Dec 30, 2010 at 10:42 PM
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    i used my lock-rite locker in the snow, no problems
     
  11. Dec 30, 2010 at 10:42 PM
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    For sure? cause on the door label it says not to go over 5 mph but thats no fun haha
     
  12. Dec 30, 2010 at 10:50 PM
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    Nice. I'm gonna have to find a some mud and loose dirt.
     
  13. Dec 30, 2010 at 10:50 PM
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    minus that a haha
     
  14. Dec 30, 2010 at 10:58 PM
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    True. I usually try to judge how deep the mud is first. if i get stuck i'll have to call someone hahaha. Anyone live in temecula :D
     
  15. Dec 30, 2010 at 11:02 PM
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    Ist't there a sticker on the door about when (and only when) the rear locker should be used? All three of my Tacos had the same sticker ('01, '05, '10)...
    Not to mention the owner's manual.

    It is for Emergency use only to get unstuck or through or up a normally impassable road, without it. 5 mph MAX. and turn it off once past the problem area... Steering may be difficult when locked... Remember, when you turn, the two tires on the axle must rotate at DIFFERENT rates (why there is a differential there). When both tires are LOCKED together.. they can't do this!
     
  16. Dec 30, 2010 at 11:12 PM
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    Right.. and you shouldn't red line the engine before shifting either... Because you can doesn't mean you should.

    Seriously their lawyers probably made them say 5 MPH... but there is a reason.
     
  17. Dec 30, 2010 at 11:46 PM
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    Well i'm only a 4x2. Not sure if that makes a difference.
     
  18. Dec 30, 2010 at 11:49 PM
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    No difference... 2WD or 4WD, the rear locker only locks the rear!

    Don't you have the warning sticker on the driver's side door, just below the window... or an owner's manual?

    Be careful, and turn it off before you want to make a turn!
     
  19. Dec 30, 2010 at 11:53 PM
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    Ya its on the door and owners manual. But they are both worded different. I just dont wanna blow up my diff. if I'm off roading over 10mph.
     
  20. Dec 31, 2010 at 12:01 AM
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    True. I know that eaton has a electronic locker so i cant imagine them selling a locker that will blow up on you. Maybe i'll just have to call them up.
     
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