I thought it was a funny subject for this post. See, the keys were in the truck and I installed the lockers. Not even a little bit of a chuckle, eh?
I put both my LockRights in today. It took about three hours to do the front. There is barely (I mean like 1/8") not enough room to get the old spiders out without pulling a shaft. So, I yanked the driver side shaft per instructions.
The rear took about an hour and a half. It's a lot more difficult to assemble when you have to play with c-clips. I did have a brilliant idea of dropping the c-clip in using gravity. The next biggest problem was getting the little spacers that cover the c-clips all the way in. You have to pull the passenger side shaft. The rear end would take about an hour except I have rear discs and I have to pull a tire and caliper off to get the shaft to slide out.
For my testing I went to Boston Pond. Which is now nothing but hardpack and sharp rocks the size of softballs.
As for driveability, I don't even know I've got the rear one in there on dry asphalt. If you persuade it to lock up you can get the tires to chirp like a spool. It's bitchin' not to get stuck in my back yard (steep hill) because the tires will lock up. Can't powerbrake 'er anymore.
As far as 4x4 driveability, having the front locked kind of blows. It's really hard to get it to unlock because in 4wd you have to have your foot on the accelerator in order to not slow down. Turning effort is about 10x harder. I noticed turning the steering wheel 3/8 of a turn in either direction has little or no effect on where the truck goes, you just get a lot of the steering wheel bouncing back.
Anyway, having the back end locked is worth every penny and then some. Only time will tell if I like the front end locked.