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Re: one more \"detroit in the D30\" question
Please do yourself a favor,....do not run a true trac, EZ locker, or any of the other LS type lockers in the front.
Trust me I have it driven many rigs with these types of lockers up front, and they will leave you very disapointed in the rocks.
The problem is, that in the rocks, as you know, you are not using your momentum to carry you through an obstacle. In mud and soft terrain wheeling, the LS can deliver relatively smooth power to both wheels, as the power is indexed back and forth between both wheels as you are moving acrosss the terrain.
You on the other hand, are gonna end up with the driver side front, elevated and completely off the ground, as you try to to gain traction from a dead start situation. In that type of situation, your passenger side front will be the critical wheel to initiate the slow climb, and even though you may have cleared the top with that tire and placed it firmly on a perfect line to make the climb,...it will unfortunately be the only tire not participating at that point due to the power being tranfered to your aired out tire.
I had to stick a branch through the spokes of my wheel one time to get it to stop spinning enough to index power to my traction tire, so that I could dump the clutch and launch out of what should have been a smooth climb.
An LS is just a slightly more aggressive open diff, when it comes to rock crawling.
Repeat after me know,...."To successfully climb rocks, all 4 tires must participate"
You will be pleased with a Detroit and will get the added benefits of having superior strength of the Detroit box over the stock carrier.
Utah is correct that the detroit will steer fine in the rocks, it does not act like a spool or locked ARB. They do not turn as well as being able to unlock your front locker altogether,(in some situations),...but I know you will be much happier learning how to steer your detroit locked front end, than being just another Jeep stuck at the bottom of the hill. In the rocks,...if you cant climb you cant play,..and if all 4 wheels arent participating,..you cannot climb,...."PERIOD".......