Re: OT: first \"real\" offroad ability enhancement
I spent about a month mulling that one over. And I mean it too. I spent the entire month of August thinking about it. I budgeted $500 for modifications to my truck this fall, more if I bought a winch ($650). Then they raised the price of LockRights to $255 and I had pretty much decided I was going to buy a winch instead. There's no way I was going to pay half the price of a Detroit for a lunchbox locker. They gave me the old price ($238) for them. I even considered waiting for AussieLocker to start selling their wannabe LockRights for 10 bolts but they told me it'd be at least three months.
The problem with the Detroit was cost. I'd been better off regearing my front axle (whichever one, I've got a spare now) to 3.73s and running my 14FF and put a Detroit in it. Then I'd add 225lbs to my truck and have a dragging differential case. I could offset the cost of regearing the front axle by selling my rear-disc 10 bolt for a couple hundred.
So I kept thinking about it. And thinking about it. And staring at a 9500lb winch. And thinking about it. Then I kept thinking about why I don't like automatic lockers and how they can be unpredictable in "da snow". We get around 300" of "da snow" each season and you're lucky if you see asphalt until Lake Superior freezes at least 40 miles out. I've driven with a Detroit in the snow a bunch of times and you get used to it but it's when a fluke happens that gets you in the ditch. I also didn't like how it didn't unlock in long curves and as you went further and further you'd have to turn the steering wheel more and more just like a spool.
So I said "fine, I'll go get a spool" because I like them and their predictability. Then remembered that I had a ten bolt. doh. splatter-city. Back to an automatic locker.
So I'd been beating my brain all this week. I decided that if I didn't like the LockRights in "da snow" I could swap them back out for my spiders in about two hours (depending on if I have to pull my rear calipers because lack of slop to get the c-clips out). That's what sold me on the LockRights instead of buying just one Detroit for the rear.