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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-06-2000, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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I recently installed new gears and a detroit locker into my 81 bronco. I actually swapped the whole 3rd member completely. After putting it back together and driving it around i noticed the weirdest feeling from it. I will be going down the road strait or just about strait and the truck will all of a sudden lunge to the right or left. It feels like the truck is being steered from the rear. I think that the locker is not locking up correctly. I think one side is locking and not the other until i start moving. Also when starting from a stop the truck will start to go and then one wheel will chirp to catch up with the other. Is this normal or has any one run into this. I used to have a limited slip before and the truck never did this. any info would be good thanks

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 02-07-2000, 10:42 AM
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I'm curious to know how this turns out. I'm thinking of putting a Detroit soft-locker in the rear of mine.


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Detroit lockers are very harsh sometimes when they lock and unlock. I've seen similar actions in cars with lockers. usually it is a size difference between the two tires on the axle. This could just be air pressure difference of a few pounds. A locker unlocks the outside wheel and allows it to turn faster in a turn. A tire with a different rolling radius can produce the same results.

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If you're refering to the Detroit EZ-lockers as soft lockers, don't bother. I had and EZ-locker installed in my 89 351 FS Bronco and they didn't last three months. Mind you my truck isn't a daily driven truck, only on the weekends and not much. When I spoke to TracTech about the problem I was having with my locker not locking they said the gear teeth were probably worn and to return them for a replacement. I said "Hell No!!!" I would never bother putting the same pos back in my truck. There easy to install but a bitch to remove and I don't want to have to go through this every other years much less every three months. I returned the lockers to 4WheelParts Wholesale and they gave me credit which I used to buy the Superlift Super Runner Steering Kit.

If you go with a locker your probably better off with the Detroit Locker, I hear there much stronger and don't wear out.

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I do run the detroit locker. What you are experiencing is a typical characteristic. I call that an unexpected lane change. It is due to the gearsets locking and freeing so fast and harsh that it is able to sway the truck. You can reduce it by stiffening up the rear suspension, but that is typically not what a four wheeler wants to do. Nothing you can do to stop it, sorry. That and the stares you get in the parking lots are the down side. Actually, I like getting the stares. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Re: detroit locker

I spoke to trac tech. They thought it could be a defective unit. They told me to take it out and return it to the retailer. I have since taken it out. Even if that is the way a detroit locker is supposed to work then I don't want one. My truck is driven on the street mostly and having it swerve around like that is not practical for me. As far as stiffening up the suspension, It has front and rear swaybars, new bushings, and new 1 ton f-350 springs with out blocks. Anything more than that i'll have to weld the rearend to the truck! Thanks for all the input.

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