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Really considering Locker but need opinions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by bgdeer1, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:10 PM
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    bgdeer1

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    Alright well i wanna first start off by saying thanks to everyone who has helped me with the locker info and telling me what i may need n some pointers. BUT im still iffy.. ive heard ppl say goods and ppl say bads.. I want to know what you guys think. Should i throw a 300 locker into a 03 tacoma prerunner 4cyl. what will i gain, will i loose anything? do i need to worry about balding tires extremely fast? etc. Thank you!
     
  2. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM
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    ??? any help
     
  3. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM
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    Is the "300" Locker a full time locker? I tried googling it but didn't come up with anything
     
  4. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:48 PM
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    I'd love to hear the bad side, unless you're running a spool or automatic locker. Get a selectable locker and it'll drive like it does now when unlocked and have great traction when locked.

    You mean a $300 locker? Sounds to be on the cheap side. Swap out the whole rear axle assembly for a locked one. Probably the easiest route, and possibly the cheapest if you pull a junkyard setup and rebuild it yourself.

    Traction.

    Stories about how you got stuck.

    Nope, unless you run a spool. With an automatic locker you could wear the tires out quicker if you don't drive it properly on pavement.

    :thumbsup:
     
  5. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:50 PM
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    :eek:^ ^ ^


    mjp2...you bad ass :cool:
     
  6. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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    It was such a weird question I thought the 300 locker was something different :eek:


    You can never go wrong with a locker!...Not that LSD crap
     
  7. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM
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  8. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM
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    so like a powertrax locker will not be good.. see thats the thing i dont have 1k to drop on a locker.. is a perminant locker bad like powertrax?
     
  9. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:56 PM
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    He had to be, that was so many questions asked all at once my head started to spin a little

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  10. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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    it sounds like a locker thats always locked such as powertrax is not the route to go.. all i hear is the on demand lockers like on and off... i dont have that much cha ching to drop into that.. Would anyone! recommend a locker thats always locked? is it really that bad...
     
  11. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    I dont think I would use one in my daily driver. If i had a trail rig and needed a cheap locker, then yes I would use it in that case
     
  12. Mar 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    You mean a selectable locker?
     
  13. Mar 16, 2010 at 1:00 PM
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    its just not that safe, man. That's why they make selectable ones.
     
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    so your saying.. a selectable locker is good obviously! but i dont got that kinda money... so the non selectable locker is NOT good for a daily drive / mudd every weekend?
     
  15. Mar 16, 2010 at 1:11 PM
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    Im in the process of putting a locker into my 05 prerunner and I would definitely say go for it but if possible go for a selectable locker. The down side to a full time locker would be you're rear tires will always be spinning at the same speed, an open differential like what you have right now gives more power to the wheel with the least amount of traction which allows you to corner better for street driving. A fully locked differential will wear out your tires faster, I don't know how much faster but it will probably be noticeable. The down side of a selectable locker is the price, an ARB setup like what I'm doing will run you about 1200 installed. This however allows for completely normal street driving but when you want to use it off road you can you can flip a switch and it'll lock up for you. Besides the price there are no other down sides to the ARB, plus you get a compressor that will allow you to air up after off roading (if you get the bigger one). If you do it your 2 wheel drive will be a lot more capable off road.

    Hope that answers your question.
     
  16. Mar 16, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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    THAT'S the way you introduce yourself. Great contribution, and welcome to TW!
     
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    weld your spider gears together . .but when you go around a curve your axle will eventually break
     
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    Thanks! I love your truck btw I really want to eventually get glass on mine too.
     
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    Thanks. :eek:

    Feel free to PM me with any questions you have. :)

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