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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-23-2000, 03:17 PM
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OK, I have reached my limit for waiting on the Gearless Locker from Track-Tech. I am now looking to buy either a EZ-Locker or one of the factory suzuki limited slip units and my question to you guys is which is better? I know the limited slip would be better on the highway but how is its off road preformance? All of my friends around here have the EZ-locker so I know what it can do and the noise it makes. I am tired of riding shotgun! Im ready ready to drive my zuk! HELP!!!

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My advice is( From what Ive heard from alot of people)is to get a lockrite.Ive heard that the EZs and LS have clutches that tend to wear out after a while.

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I have an EZ-locker in the rear of my 86 and a lock right in the front. the rear EZ does not have clutches, it has gears, it will wear your tires, it will perform crazy on road (but not to the point of undrivable, I drive mine at 60 mph all the time), it will be better the a LS off road due to the fact it LOCKS. The LS is better on road but will wear out quickly off road if used. Once you get used to the locker you don't know its there.
I hear people having problems with the lockers with sidegears. Now My rear does have the sidegears and I have wheeled it hard for two years now with no problems. the front locker runs on factory sidegears and I hear with the factory sidegears it's quiter.

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i have a lock right in the rear of my 88 sami,its great off road and i really do not notice it on the road.good luck

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Lockrights are well known in the industry as lasting longer than the EZlockers. Who sells what depends on what profit margin they want to go with. EZ lockers make a shop more money, Lockrights just last longer.

The LSDs do work well. I have the same holdups with lockers in the rear as you. Never liked them on the back of my Samurais since we drive ours around on the highways alot, and live in snow country. The LSD served its purpose for us and when I did need it to lock up on the trail, I just cranked on the parking brake and that did the trick.

Best of everything? The ARB. Big cost though. We have ARBs on the back of both our Zuks now and I wouldn't trade the flexibility, driveability, offroadability for anything.


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What do you mean you just cranked on the parking brake and that did the trick?

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You could run dual E-brakes with the LSD (or open). I have them, left over from the non-locker days (for show/instructional now), and they cost about $15 (junkyard parts) and a little time to install. They work great except for the mud, by the time you yank the handle in the mud, you're stopped and then it's too late. Just something else to consider as a low buck alternative.

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Dual E-brake handles is a trick from the VW folks. JC Whitney and others used to sell a kit to add on the existing e-brake handle to select which wheel you would brake. Worked real well.

Never thought of using it with a LSD.

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Pulling the parking brake is an old wheelers trick.

If you have an open diff, pulling the ebrake will make it work similar to an LSD. It puts resistance on the freely spinning tire. I've gotten unstuck from quite a few situations with an open diff vehicle just by pulling the ebrake up for a make-shift LSD.

If you have an LSD on your vehicle, it operates the same way. Less power is wasted through the spinning side and starts to transfer to the side that has traction. it will start to act like a locker.

Keep in mind that nothing will completely lock you up except for a locker. However, for many years I took my old red Zuk through some of the gnarliest trails in the West with only a front locker and rear LSD.... pulling on the ebrake when it was needed.

Now if only I could find a good supplier for the Zuk LSDs!


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Calmini supplies them. RRRRRRR


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