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Old 05-30-2011, 05:40 PM
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I have a open diff with 3.73 gears and would like better traction in the winter so I don't have to use my 4-wheel drive so much,anybody changed theirs?what should I look for? What I hope to gain is better traction and better mpg's.Thanks
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:25 PM
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I'm still thing about adding a detroit true trac L/S in the back DIFF for winter driving so I dont have to use 4x4 all the time.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:27 PM
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there are some good options if you really want the gas mileage then a selectable locker might be the best option so all summer you can run it open. but thats pricey. true trac is fine. stay away from auburn lockers.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:29 PM
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You will not get better mpgs from an LS, but you will gain traction
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:31 PM
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i think his theory is it will be better mileage cause he can keep it in 2wd longer.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:44 PM
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i think his theory is it will be better mileage cause he can keep it in 2wd longer.
In that case yes! I lived in MT and used the 4wd, cut me about 2 mpg if I had to use it often. The LS saved my ass a lot
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:58 PM
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Detroit Locker all the way!


For your application it sounds like a Tru-Trac would be better though. I run a True Trac front/ Detroit rear in my Jeep and LOVE it.

The detroit is locked all the time but unlocks on turns very well, does NOT ratchet. If you take a turn HARD (good sway bars) while on the throttle it will NOT force understeer like you'd think, it stays the line, and if you step on it, it steps out and spins both loose.
That being said, the a Detroit equiped rear end WILL loose traction on a turn faster than an open diff would.
For actualy driving its awesome, on the snow, on the street, whatever. I don't see excessive tire wear.


The true trac is a pretty good option too though, having one up front it locks up HARD when wheeling and would be almost impossible to turn without hydro-assist steering. I honestly don't notice much feel in it at all when driving in 4wd on snow/mud/dirt low traction surfaces. On dry pavement it's hell on wheels driving in 4wd. Every time on/off the throttle it changes lanes.

In the rear, a true trac would be great for you in the snow as well. Its said to have better "creature comfort" feel than a true detroit because it's really pushing a big spring constantly through rotation rather than actually ratcheting 1/4 rotation at a time like a Detroit in a turn. Straight line driving they would both feel about the same I'd think. Turns are where you'll feel it.

I say if you're gonna spend the money on a full-carrier, get a locker. A real locker. I would LOVE an OX locker (cable actuated). Sure it means one more thing to do while driving but definitely priceless on the trail.

Long enough yet?

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Old 06-01-2011, 06:02 PM
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the problem with locking differentials is the tenancy for the truck to want to go straight in low tration situations when you want it to turn... i like the fully locked rear end as well, but for snow and ice purposes a limited slip or posi is better.
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the problem with locking differentials is the tenancy for the truck to want to go straight in low tration situations when you want it to turn... i like the fully locked rear end as well, but for snow and ice purposes a limited slip or posi is better.
x2 It doesn't sound like he's going wheeling, just trying to get around.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:14 PM
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Thanks for all the responses,Yes I'm looking for better traction in 2wd so I don't have to use the 4wd as much in the winter.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:18 PM
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Thanks for all the responses,Yes I'm looking for better traction in 2wd so I don't have to use the 4wd as much in the winter.
This may not help, but I do love my traction control on my 2wd. I dunno if there is a way to incorparate this on your 2009, I imagine its difficult and expensive.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:29 AM
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Yea for his setup looks like Posi/LS is the way to go.

If you get a true-trac you will not be dissapointed
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is there a way to obtain posi traction with out spending allot of cash
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:25 PM
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I just scored an 8.8" trac-lock carrier off kijiji for $100, then bought the carbon clutch pack( it has stronger fiber plates and is a thicker pack witch brings you closer to a locker) it was $120 on eBay, then while I was at it bought a 3/8" thick diff cover now I can hold more oil and is 10x stronger it was $60 from Andy's auto sports. Its too bad u don't have the traction control reason being with the LSD if and when one wheel spins if you apply a small amount of e-brake you can trick it to spin both wheels, and the new traction control is achieved by the computer pulsing the brakes when spinning which will also bring the LSD closer to a locked diff, IMO for $300 you'll have more than enough traction with the ford trac-lock and it will be easier to drive with than a lunchbox locker which I have had for a year and have removed and sold cause I did not like it what so ever it was noisy, unpredictable, and ate tires like opra eats kfc! It was good in the mud but that's about all it was good for. Hope this helps
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