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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-26-2000, 04:49 PM
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Detroit locker

I just had a detroit locker installed in the rear of my CJ7. I like it a lot so far and have yet to get the jeep out of the driveway... I hardly ever know its back there, except when shifting from park to drive or park to reverse. When I do this there is a loud clunk. I had someone else put the Jeep in gear as I watched the rear driveshaft. It actually spins like a quarter turn before it catches and will move the Jeep. I was just wondering if this is normal or what. The locker was used and I believe it is at least 5 years old, but never really used.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-26-2000, 05:01 PM
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Re: Detroit locker

Yep, that's pretty normal, it can have up to a 1/4 turn of built in backlash. Tha's why it's important to set the r&p backlash as tight as you can within tolerance, in other words at the bottom range of tolerance, about .004.

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Re: Detroit locker

detroits are hard to notice with an automatic... i allways knew it was there with the 5 speed, but the auto lets me forget sometimes. mine has a TON of play in it..and it's new.. enough where the diff cover hits the (22 galllon)gas tank everytime i put it into drive.anoying, but no damage yet except for the huge dent in the top of the cover(kinda matches the rock rash in the bottom!!)

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-27-2000, 08:34 AM
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Re: Detroit locker

Within the last year I've installed 2 detroits in my jeep and seen 2 installed in the rears of 2 others, and the play that you describe is normal from what I've seen.


post #5 of (permalink) Old 09-27-2000, 11:48 AM
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Re: Detroit locker

Ditto on what Elusive said...with an auto you'll forget its in there on the road except for an occasional barking the inside tire around corners. The amount of play you describe is what I have.

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