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Locked Rear Diff

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by WalkerH02, Apr 3, 2021.

  1. Apr 3, 2021 at 5:21 PM
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    WalkerH02

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    Anyone with a locked rear diff be able to give me some insight as to what it’s like on the road? I’ve read a lot on different things but I would like to add one to my truck just for when I’m at my hunt camp on the weekends. Any insight is appreciated!
     
  2. Apr 3, 2021 at 5:24 PM
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    Kwikvette

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    It's used off road.

    Don't use it on road.

    Don't use it on high traction areas while turning.

    No reason not have it or be talked out of it if given the choice; its an invaluable tool that helps even a 2WD truck get over obstacles and whatnot.
     
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    High Noon

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    Do you mean perma locked?
     
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    My truck has the locking diff. It feels weird. I don't keep it locked above 20 mph.
     
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    You can't drive it on pavement when locked. When unlocked it works just like any other rear axle. Locked it offers some extra traction, but it isn't a game changer. My trucks both have one, but I wouldn't pay to have it installed after market.
     
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    I have a limited slip diff, and find myself spinning my wheels sometimes if soft sand roads, so the only way I think I could make it work with a 5 lug would be a permanent system
     
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    While your use may not dictate having one installed, which provides no added value, but many will spend upwards of $1300 for one before install even.
     
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  8. Apr 3, 2021 at 5:34 PM
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    Those get you going idk if you're ocd or not but the clicking/poping/banging they make when you turn on hard surfaces isn't for me, nor is the fact they don't last forever I've heard reports of them not "locking up" as hard after a few months

    Which makes sense as it's just a couple cogged wheels that engage or skip past eachother as you turn

    Honestly the best route for you is to find an elocked Tacoma axle and do the sua conversion

    It ain't the cheapest or easiest but it is the best, you'll most likely be getting taller gears too
     
  10. Apr 3, 2021 at 7:09 PM
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    Kwikvette

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    Ah, didn't realize you had an LSD installed.

    Gas and brake manipulation is a way to get the LSD to engage more often in situations where you need it. Old trick.
     
  11. Apr 3, 2021 at 9:00 PM
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    6P4

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    Never tried it myself, but I've been told that a few clicks of parking brake can help if you've got one wheel spinning. Easier than balancing three pedals if you've got a manual, and doesn't lock up the front wheels. Seems like it could help with either an LSD or an open diff.

    But again, I've never tried it... somebody stop me if I'm repeating bad advice :anonymous:.
     

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