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powertrax locker

Discussion in '70-Series Tech' started by Chang-kuao-lo, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. Chang-kuao-lo

    Chang-kuao-lo

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    Any one have any experience with the Powertrax locker system on a 70 series? I looked into cable lockers, $3,000!!! :eek: at $500 each, and an hour of install time, the powertrax seem more my speed.
     
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    I have a lock rite in the rear. Personally i wouldn't spend more on the no slip. JMHO.

    Lockright works great! Probably couldn't make it up half the stuff I do without it.
     
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    In the front yes ;)
     
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    how difficult and what is involved in installing one?

    Do you just have it in the front?

    when your hubs arn't lock there isn't any difference in handling is there?

    when the hubs are locked but it is in 2 hi is there a difference in handling?
     
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    I had a Lockright NoSlip in my LJ73. I will not put something like that into a car again, unless it will only be driving offroad. I did not like it for onroad driving, it makes your drivetrain feel like it is worn out (dont know the right word for that)

    My tip is manual lockers, LSD's or NO locker. For the road that is.
     
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    I have one in the front and rear of my 70. I got them when they 1st came out .
    I liked the point and shoot and go just about everywhere I wanted
    In the rear its great as for the front I'll never put one in again . when on the rocks I couldnt get it go where I needed and next time I do it I'll be doing a selectable locker of some type
     
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    I have the Powertrax in the front and an ARB in the rear.

    The Powertrax works admirably offroad; I have no problem with the handling in that situation. I like it. I can go boldly off where no Mike Taylor has gone before.

    If I understand things correctly, it's more "supple" than a Detroit (which I've never driven), which many consider the "gold standard" of clutch-type locking diffs. With Detroit, locked means locked apparently. The Powertrax is supposed to have better road manners, especially on pavement. All the same, since this is in the front, on pavement you feel the steering wanting to wander a bit as the locking mechanism resists and wants to return to straight ahead. It has the usual popping sound and feel common to this type of locker. Apparently the Powertrax is better than most in this regard. You just have to be aware of it and used to it and take charge of it; it's not a big deal.

    The biggest worry is letting someone drive who doesn't know the vehicle; someone who might be surprised and distracted by this handling.

    Overall, I like it, recommend it.

    Any other ideas? (You'll hear plenty of differing opinions on this. Try the search tool on this site)

    Little Joe, you listening? (Steve's the diff-transmission guy in our club; he did the install, I helped clamp the diff in the vise :) )

    Cheers
     
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    They are not difficult to install at all. There are write up in the Tech links and if you search there are write ups on the board. I have mine only in the rear (it's been in the rear of a 60 and the front of a 40). In the front with the hubs unlocked it's as normal. In the rear there is some slight lerching under load and you have to drive a tad easier on slick or snow covered pavment. In the east when I wheeled in mud it was helpful in that one tire would not get all the traction when stuck (or close to). As others mentioned I didn't like the way always on traction made the rear slide to one side if on a slope. Out here in a drier climate I don't have those issues at all. I say my 70 isn't really a daily driver but then again I take it amost everywhere as I prefer to drive it vs my camry. If you have to suffer in daily stop and go traffic and commute a distance you will tire of it quickly. Off road though it makes a huge difference and folks usually are amazed at where my 70 goes almost idling. :grinpimp: Just like almost everyone else that has one I long for selectable lockers.
     
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    I thought the powertrax is a great option anycase. But very IMPORTANT you need to lear drive with it. Is totaly diferent thing with or without locker, on and off road.

    I was all option of locker in my TLC, from EZ-locker, Lock Right, Detroit ( rear and front ) and now ARB, obiusly the best ..

    If your rig is a Toy for ocacional on road use or only to go to the sand box, powertrax fine .. but if your TLC is your DD, and you need to drive in traffic, I'm seriusly consider a selectable locker ..

    P.S. LSD is waste money in my opinion.