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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-19-2000, 11:52 PM
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How much slip should a limitted-slip slip?

I've got an AMC20 rear diff in my CJ5 and I'm pretty sure the clutches are bagged in the Trak Lock (correct name?) limitted-slip carrier. How difficult should it be to turn a wheel when one side is jacked up? I priced out a rebuild kit for it and decided its not worth it (better to save for locker).

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Re: How much slip should a limitted-slip slip?

I've had factory limited slips in a number of vehicles and I couldn't turn any of them by hand with it jacked up. With vehicle weight on the tires and turning a corner is a different story. For the cost of a rebuilt factory LS, you are better off getting a locker, or if your driving style requires a "Looser" diff, then go with an Eaton Posi. I've heard they are very good quality.

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Re: How much slip should a limitted-slip slip?

Remember when getting a locker such as Lock Right you will need the stock carrier. The LS carrier cannot be used so add $60 for the standard carrier if going in that direction. I have found that the LS in the rear works fine and spent my money on the locker up front where when off roading really makes the difference. I have redone the clutch in the AMC20. It's fairly simple and can be done on the bench with no special tools. Clutches are only @ $70.

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Re: How much slip should a limitted-slip slip?

If a limited slip should slip, it would slip only as much as a limited slip should slip.

Just trying to equate this to the "Wood Chuck" analogy.

If you jack up both tires, with it in neutral, and spin one, and the other doesn't move in the same direction, it's worn out. Clutches are only $60 to $70 and rebuilding them is a snap.

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