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Front Locker: Is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by LoadedTaco, Apr 2, 2014.

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Do you have a locker and have you used it.

  1. No

    47 vote(s)
    52.2%
  2. Yes, used it 0 times

    4 vote(s)
    4.4%
  3. Yes, used it a few times

    15 vote(s)
    16.7%
  4. Yes, I have used it and needed it many times.

    24 vote(s)
    26.7%
  1. Apr 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM
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    Manwithoutaplan

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    50% don't go hard in the paint and are missing out.
     
  2. Apr 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM
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    Desert Drifter

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    Good thread, I'm in the same boat as Loaded Taco. Now if this Group Buy can get some traction (more people commit to buying) we both may get gears and lockers....
     
  3. Apr 3, 2014 at 4:09 PM
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  4. Apr 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM
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    I voted no, no front or rear here. It is sad, but I still think I can do some cool shit open, on the list for the next set of major mods.

    :eek:
     
  5. Apr 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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    I have seen you wheel hard with out them! So have a whole bunch of other people! The video I have of you on Wipeout Hill is literally one of my best videos! It constantly gets views!
     
  6. Apr 3, 2014 at 8:24 PM
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    I did it with my re-gear. No regrets.
    I've only "needed" it twice to get out of a tricky spot.
    Glad I had it though. ;)
     
  7. Apr 3, 2014 at 8:26 PM
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    The way I see it, a front locker can help you keep less stress on your drivetrain overall on those spots that challenge you without it. But it can also get you into much more trouble and put more stress on the drivetrain.
     
  8. Apr 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM
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    My truck is MAGIC
    I have one, and use it all the time

    Times like this
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  9. Apr 3, 2014 at 11:36 PM
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    Great pic man^
     
  10. Apr 4, 2014 at 6:04 AM
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    Cool pictures! Where is that at Spoonman?

    It seems that the guys that have one are glad they do, the people that wheel without wouldn't mind having one, and the guys that don't wheel are worried about their CVs.

    I am glad I ordered mine! I was worried this thread was going to talk me out of it.
     
  11. Apr 4, 2014 at 6:10 AM
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    :facepalm: :smack:
     
  12. Apr 4, 2014 at 6:20 AM
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  13. Apr 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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    Haha, I was partly joking to make a point. Cool about that vid, that was one of the harder obstacles I have ever done.

    I think that is a good assessment, and I think you will get good use out of it.
     
  14. Apr 4, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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    Haha! Hey I know they are a good thing to have, but if everyone had been all "totally pointless wish I never bought mine" I would have freaked out and canceled the locker. I have like 2 weeks before the order ships to decide if I still want it.

    Awesome!

    :thumbsup:
     
  15. Apr 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM
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    The 50% who voted no don't need them because the road to the mall and the speed bumps don't require them. I for one have them and am glad for it... The ones who think they can wheel hard without can come along and get winched out....
     
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  16. Apr 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM
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    when you are stuck really bad and have to engage you will be glad you forked out the money for it.
     
  17. Apr 4, 2014 at 9:14 AM
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    Or they break something.
     
  18. Apr 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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    Until 2 years ago I drove a 2WD GMC shortbed pickup. Wanting to do at least the easier trails I added an Auburn Pro Series limited slip and 4.10 gears. Fitted with 265 Duratracs it got me around pretty well. Diving it up rocky hills like steps taught me several things like examine the route and PICK A GOOD LINE before you attack it, and MOMENTUM is your friend. Now that I have the Tacoma in 4x4 I find these two skills still make a tough climb or rough trail much easier.

    My thinking is that with lockers front and rear I can do harder trails/climbs and crawl over stuff instead of hitting it as fast as I think I can without tearing up the truck. Just going to have to remember to use the front locker sparingly when needed.
     
  19. May 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM
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    Well gears are installed I will be installing the air compressor and wiring for the locker all next week... I will post in here when it is all done.
     
  20. May 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM
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    I answered, "yes, used it a few times".

    I don't have it anymore, it was on another vehicle years ago. Very rarely used it, but when I did need it, it was like having an easy button.

    Northern California mud. I used a couple times in rocks only, and I probably could've just chosen a better line.

    But, that's the thing. I don't mess around with mud and rocks these days, unless they're in my way. There are other, much cheaper, ways to get by such obstacles.

    I probably won't be getting another one.
     
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