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Re: Spool---let\'s hear it!!
I have a lockright in the rear of 258 powered CJ7, AMC20 rear with 33" BFG M/T's. I run those tires year round. We get a fair bit of ice and snow here in Manitoba on the streets. The locker does slightly steer the vehicle as you get on and off the gas if your tires are not of exactl equal diamter. It depends mostly on the tires I run. Some are worse than others, and I assume the problem is overall circumferance differences. On ice and snowy roads the lockright does sometimes make a clunk or bang when it reingages after a turn. The cold weather may have a role to play in the thick diff fluid. On pavement, you need to press in the clutch to do a coasting u turn, otherwise you get the tires dragging and squeeling. Same for tight parking lot turns. After 3 years I had the alignment pins break on the lockright. This coincided with a spun 2 piece axle. Mere coincidence? Not sure. Was cheap to fix, used 1/4 drill rod and it's held up for a year now since. I know a guy that runs lockrights front and rear in his V8 bronco and loves them. I'd question the toughness of the lockright for V8 power and rough use, but that again is speculation, as they have not worn out in my 6 cylinder application, nor has the stock carrier and drive pin been a problem yet. I had a dirt track car with a minispooled Ford 9" rear and that was great for dirt track (tacky mud). On the pavement it was hard to turn. You couldn't push it around a turn by hand in the parking lot. A know a guy with a welded rear end in his toyota land cruiser and he swears by it. But I also question whether he would fess up to the annoyance it may cause him on the street. I'd recommend the lockright for a similar powered jeep, (annoyances are minor and you can learn to cope with them) but can't comment on the fully locked rear for a street machine.
84 CJ7, 258, HEI, M/C 2100 carb, 5 inch lift, RS9000's, 33x12.5 BFG M/T's, Lockright, full cage & belts, Xenon flares, AMC 20 1pc axles, GM dual diaphragm brake booster