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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-13-2000, 06:02 PM
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Detroit in the snow?

I have a 91 yj with 35's and 4.56 gears. I did the warn full floater kit to work on the weak D35 (no more c-clips, stonger axle shafts). The question now is traction.

Basically, i plan on putting in a detroit in the rear (thus replacing the whole crappy D35 carrier that already broke on me once). The question is: How managable will it be in the snow?

I am fine with some tail squirrlyness, but if it's gonna be just plain unsafe, i won't do it. Basically, is it worth it to get an ARB instead? (i'm not going limited slip).

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Re: Detroit in the snow?

Are you talking about wheeling in deep snow, or are you going to use it as a daily driver on snowy/icy road. Locker can't be beat in deep snow, sure sidehills can be a PITA, but they can be done, you just have to take your time, and not spin your tires. If it is a daily driver, lockers can be very scary on icy roads, but snowy roads usually aren't to bad, as long as they aren't packed. Most of the wheeling I do is in the winter, and if you where open, you would have a hard time getting to where we usually go. The people we ussually have to winch back on the trail, most of the time have open diffs, and are trying to use momentam to get through the tough spots. As far as I am concerned, lockers are a must for deep snow.

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Re: Detroit in the snow?

My 78 CJ5 with lockers front and back stays parked when ever the roads have ice on them. You will be doing a 360 before you know it.

Good Luck!
Kriss

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Re: Detroit in the snow?

i've been having a blast here the last two days in the snow! locked front and rear but most of the time i leave the transfer case unlocked (quadratrac). my worries about my jeep not being manageable in the snow are gone. it's much better to me than in the snow this past january with open diffs.

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