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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. Aug 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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    LoadedTaco

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    So it has been a while since I got my gears installed and my front locker hooked up. Let me tell you right now it is absolutely, 100% worth re-gearing* and getting a front locker**.


    *IMO Re-gearing only worth the cash it if you run 35s+
    **IMO Front Locker Only Worth the cash if you wheel hard


    Using both lockers on the Hells Gate

    http://youtu.be/jM1P9BZkmVk?list=UU-Vd74niqE29d9t1k6uD_zQ
     
  2. Aug 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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    Silly duratracs need all the traction they can get :D
     
  3. Aug 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM
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    :laugh:

    FWIW, I've wheeled pretty hard and only used the front locker a handful of times, most of which I could have just used skinny pedal to get where I wanted to go.
     
  4. Aug 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM
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    how is your Mpgs these days poopie?
     
  5. Aug 6, 2014 at 4:53 PM
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    HBtaco02

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    Very nice. I need to do Moab again...
     
  6. Aug 11, 2014 at 10:04 AM
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    Take off this, move that, don't need this...

    After watching this, YOU definitely need the front locker! I wouldn't attempt that hill climb without one.
     
  7. Aug 11, 2014 at 12:13 PM
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    Not hating on Pete, but several people (including myself) have run the Gate open/open. Just sayin. If you can keep all the wheels on the ground, there is plenty of traction, its is when you lift a wheel that the locker really comes into play.
     
  8. Aug 11, 2014 at 10:01 PM
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    This May be true but I can take you on trails open open would never make. I don't give a rats azz how many tires you have on the ground..
     
  9. Aug 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM
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    I don't think my next set of tires will be duratracs. They are not a bad tire, but there is better options.

    Roof rack hurt it, the gears helped a little. I am hovering right around an average of 14.

    Nah I used it because it was new and I had it. There are plenty of people who have run it open/open. Mike or mh.meier's girl friend did it in his truck last year Open/Open

    Proof (Skip to 0:50 if you don't want to see how you get into hells gate)
    http://youtu.be/497WNkvfu_Q?list=PLsZH5tu4m9c-A7QiSi_yejyEjKo-nXs7J

    ^This.

    I had all four on the ground at the begging and was spinning tires. If I was open I would have had to back down and use more momentum or a new line.
     
  10. Aug 12, 2014 at 7:56 PM
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    I've heard a lot of people tell James this...
     
  11. Aug 13, 2014 at 12:21 AM
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  12. Aug 13, 2014 at 6:05 AM
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    Damn I thought you would be getting better than that. Hell I get 14 :eek:
     
  13. Aug 13, 2014 at 6:30 AM
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    Question for those who have actually done this: Can a 4 cyl with manual trans, 4.56 gears, and 33s make it up without too much clutch riding?
     
  14. Aug 13, 2014 at 6:41 AM
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    No. the clamshell case means it'll basically explode the front diff on the gen 2. in a solid axle.. Yes. worth every penny.
     
  15. Aug 13, 2014 at 6:50 AM
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    How you figure? I see a lot of video of IFS trucks doing that without breaking.
     
  16. Aug 13, 2014 at 8:52 AM
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    I wasn't making a blanket statement, just about the Gate specifically. I plan to regear and add lockers this winter, and I can't wait to see what it opens up for me! I will add that learning the capability of your truck without lockers is probably the best way to go, and then adding them after you have basically maxed out your driving skills and unlocked truck's capability. Also, see below. :D

    LOL, very true.
     
  17. Aug 13, 2014 at 8:58 AM
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    Says the cheater with a-trac. :p
     
  18. Aug 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM
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    The clamshell will deflect and prematurely wear out your gears at best on 32s. On 37s in actual rock crawling it'll be enough to grenade the front end.
     
  19. Aug 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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    Got it.... no worries.
     
  20. Aug 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM
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    I have needed it many times, but didnt have one so ive used the winch as my front locker. I want to get one, however its easier to pull winch cable than fix broken CVs which will now be a constant worry. So i keep flip flopping back and forth.
     
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