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Detroit locker questions

While researching for the purchace of a locker I found this:
http://www.flatfenderltd.com/detroit_locker_myths.htm

Anyone else had this problem? Your thoughts & opionions welcome.
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Re: Detroit locker questions

havent experienced it, but know it happens.

im sure theres an engineer on here that will explain it much better than i can...
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Re: Detroit locker questions

Yeh it can happen, i understand what they mean by torque overload, but there is no way in hell i could explain it.

The one thing i dont like about the right up is how he trashes the warranty. What does he expect them to do. You are out in the trails pushing everything to the limit and things break. It happens. There isnt much you can do about it. Thats no different then a rear i would build. If its a street vechile, yeh ill give it a warranty. If its for offroad or race purpose, that warrenty ends as soon as it leaves the driveway. There really isnt anything any company can do about it. Just think of how many have broken and where would the warrenty money come from.
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Re: Detroit locker questions

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Anyone else had this problem? Your thoughts &amp; opionions welcome.

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Just like anything will fly if it's going fast enough... anything will break if you overpower it enough.

Big tires, Big V8, etc. etc. you can break anything. But I don't think that you can break a Detroit with a 258 and less than 35" tires in any stock Jeep axle without something very strange going on.

Very ex$pen$ive... so what where the details??

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Re: Detroit locker questions

I like the detroit locker I have now. I like it better than the lock right as it is smoother and quieter on the street. I have nothing against the lock right, having had both, and would recommend it too. The stock case is a limitation in strength with a lock right. I can tell you that when I spun an Amc 20 hub, it also damaged the lockright by shearing off the internal guide pins. That caused the lockright to lock up solid like a spool.

I also wonder when we instal lockrights into our 20 year old carriers whether we always acheive the correct clearances and tolerances and it makes sense this would affect operation and reliability, unlike the detroit which is set up in a factory and you just install it as a unit.
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Re: Detroit locker questions

detroits are more transparent on the street than lockrights are.
I have broken axle shafts and hubs with a detroit without breaking the locker. once was while full throttle with a healthy V-8.
I have also seen detroits disintegrate under these same conditions.
the nice thin about lockrights... when you shear off the pins, you can just install new ones.... that, and they are cheap...
I have never seen an ARB break, but I have seen lots of air problems keeping them from engaging.
actually , I did see 1 arb break, but the ring gear bolts stripped off of it and got caught between the carrier and the housing [img]images/graemlins/censor.gif[/img]
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Re: Detroit locker questions

Thanks for the input guys!
I posted this in several locations. The basic response seems to be .....
1.)Switchable lockers (ARB, Detroit Electric, are there others?) are the way to go if there is any pavement driving.
2.) not likely my 258 could break a Detroit
3.) don't waste time with an "easy locker" (what's an easy locker?)
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Re: Detroit locker questions

Easy locker (or is it E-Z?) is a competitor to lockright. Very similar product. Made by the same company that makes the "Detroit locker". Some places in the magazines sell them with a supposed no questions asked lifetime warranty, but a number of jeepers have reported they are inferior to the lockright in terms of durability. Someone said the teeth wore right off the "rugged dog clutch" used by both systems.
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