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Rear Diff Options

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by DigB, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Aug 3, 2010 at 10:17 PM
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    DigB

    DigB [OP] Go Jets GO!!!!!!

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    I am starting to look at some different options to replace my wonderfull open differential in my 03 Tacoma, I have found a few different types and I am looking for some opinions.

    1. Auburn ECTED - E locker
    2. Powertrax No Slip
    3. rear diff from TRD Taco
    4. ARB Air Locker
    5. other

    These are some of the different options I have found. I am not made of money unfortunately, if I was I would go for the ARB in the front and rear.
    So basically I am looking for something cheap, reliable and won't get me into trouble on icy snow packed roads as I have to deal with them for 5-6 months a year as I hear the Powertrax No Slip and others that are the same can be a little squirly on ice and snow covered roads.
    At first I was looking at the Powertrax but then I found the ECTED from Auburn and that has me interested as it's a LSD/E-Locker all in one. If you have and ideas or you would recommend one of the four, I appreciate the help and feedback!
     
  2. Aug 3, 2010 at 10:18 PM
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  3. Aug 3, 2010 at 10:34 PM
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    Matic

    Matic Locked and Lifted "02" DC TRD.

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    Just installed a powertrax no-slip this past weekend. AWSOME!! and CHEAP!! (price).
     
  4. Aug 3, 2010 at 10:35 PM
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    how do you like it?
     
  5. Aug 3, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    Matic

    Matic Locked and Lifted "02" DC TRD.

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    Very nice ! Even with my 4 cyl I have to watch my "side slip" on rocks and mud.
    Full time locked under acceleration. No noise, cant even tell it's there. And was only about $400.

    However to the OP. I can see how it might become a problem for you on the ice and the snow. We dont get that much here in SC so thats why I chose a full time locker.
     
  6. Aug 3, 2010 at 10:41 PM
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    does it work good on offroad trails and stuff like the elocker does?
     
  7. Aug 3, 2010 at 10:46 PM
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    Matic Locked and Lifted "02" DC TRD.

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    Here's a small write up. I will be taking back apart in 2 weeks to check everything and retorque.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/4-cylinder/106320-ring-gear-torgue-specs.html
     
  8. Aug 4, 2010 at 11:27 AM
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    Thanks for the help,

    Has anyone heard anything about the Auburn ECTED? I am starting to like that option as you can unlock it when you don't need it, IE when we have snow and ice and sub zero temps for 5-6 months of the year so I don't spin out on the highway when I come across black ice or snow cover!
     
  9. Aug 4, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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    Pretty sure the ECTED doesn't exist for Yota's yet.
     
  10. Aug 4, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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  13. Aug 4, 2010 at 2:49 PM
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    I would recomend the detroit truetrac, don't know how it would do in the front in the snow but I have it in the rear and I love it, its a worm gear type lsd (no clutch packs) so even though its a lsd there is no clutches to overpass each other so no matter what both wheels will alway pull but its sort of like a 60%-40% pull, I can't even tell mine is there when i am on the highway, its bout 500 bucks for rear
     
  14. Aug 4, 2010 at 2:52 PM
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    Ok well scratch that one from the list right now, not sure how the powertrax would preform on the ice and snow and thats what worries me the most, I really don't want to kill myself on the highway for extra off road ability but it seems I either have to find a Diff out of a wrecked TRD or install an ARB air locker both of which are too expensive right now, I don't know of any other options.
     
  15. Aug 4, 2010 at 3:02 PM
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    Have you had the Truetrac in the snow and Ice?
     
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    You are right to be concerned about automatic lockers in snow and icy conditions. The real value of the selectable locker, like the TRD e-locker, is the ability to turn it off when you don't want it. my 2 cents.....
     
  17. Aug 4, 2010 at 3:51 PM
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    So the cheapest/safest route would be an LSD at this point due to budget? and when I go to trade up obviously make sure its TRD Off Road!!
     
  18. Aug 5, 2010 at 7:39 PM
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