Diff Lock

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 22:51
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Hi all, Just wanted some feedback on putting a detroit locker in the rear
and ARB airlocker in the front my 4wd it is a 98 Prado GXL V6. I already have an ARB air compressor installed ready and waiting. Just looking at different options.

Thanks Steve

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 00:35

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 00:35
Stick with ARB lockers..

Better in the long run
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Follow Up By: cokeaddict - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 01:08

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 01:08
^ ^ ^I second that motion ^ ^ ^
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie SA- Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:02

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 09:02
Yep,
I'll 3rd that motion.
Much better to have a diff lock/s that YOU control when/where you want it.
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:31

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 10:31
Thanks for the input guys, much appreciated.

Steve
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 12:53

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 12:53
Nothing wrong with a Detroit, they work well...

I just like the option of controlling when it kicks in and out. If your budget wont allow a Air locker, then save up a little longer the wait will be worth it.
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Reply By: Mrs Diamond - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 18:38

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 18:38
i asked the question about a lokkrite diff and was told all sorts of things about you cant steer its on all the time you cant switch it off go the arb.
any way friend of mine fitted one to the front of his 03 hilux.
i drove it around landcruiser park what a huge difference sure it was a little(Very little) bit harder to steer but no other problems.
i think the people who bag this type of set up have
(1)never driven a 4by with one fitted.
(2)have way to much money.
so fit one to the front and arb in the rear.
cheers
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Reply By: Member - AndrewPatrol - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 19:55

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 19:55
I think that if you wanted a locker in the front of a full time 4wd fit an ARB 'cos I remember reading somewhere that autolockers are not for full timers. Please check this info 'cos its only a vague memory, I only want you to ask the right questions.
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Reply By: Joe - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 23:21

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 23:21
Hi Steve,
I have an ARB air locker in rear of my 120 Prado. THe ARB locker has no effect in normal city driving conditions, and as I understand it the same cannot be said for the detriot locker.
Joe
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Reply By: Member - John- Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 00:22

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 00:22
Unless you are into hardcore stuff I suggest you focus your dollars on an ARB airlocker in the rear (Toyota LSD is useless anyway) and leave the front axle alone.

My observations of people with lockers at both ends is that they tend to get bogged faster and deeper than folks with open diffs, however, a rear locker can e quite handly provided you can select it when you need it.

JohnS
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 13:36

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 13:36
IMHO if you were to go one locker, it should be in the front. Sure Toyota LSD's may not be the best but it's better than the open diff in the front, and I belive having 1 locker in the front to be safer as the ass end of your vehicle is not sliding all over the shop. It pulls you over instead,not to mention that the prado has IFS and getting traction up front is more important in that instance than messing around with the rear end that more than likly has traction anyway.
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Reply By: Time - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 07:57

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 07:57
Steve,

The pic on the front cover of the Club Newsletter was the result of front and rear lockers engaged. Had they not been in the rear wheels would have spun up, and no more forward momentum, hence there would have been no roll over!!

Cheers

Buggerlux
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Reply By: Member - Russell S - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 20:00

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 20:00
I have a detroit in the back and a detroit truetrac lsd in the front of my Prado. Hardly notice the rear in normal driving, and the front is fine except that it's a bit heavier on the steering if you accelerate while turning a corner. I'd be a little concerned about your ability to turn with the air locker engaged, but those with that setup could advise better than me. I'm happy with my setup (I can go more places than most people...), but certainly wasn't with the clowns that did the job first up. Make sure you get someone who knows what they're about.....
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Reply By: Rossco100series - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 20:44

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 20:44
Hi Steve

I have a 100 series GXL and I have a air locker in the rear and a Detroit true trac in the front and it's been great set up. I drove a detroit locker in a swb maverick and I was told that the rear tyre's do wear out faster and the vehicle can under steer in the wet.

Rossco
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 20:52

Monday, Jun 28, 2004 at 20:52
OK, had settled for an ARB locker in the rear and leave the front and invest in bfg muddies, now with the earlier advise on doing the front and leaving the back diff I'm not sure again???
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Follow Up By: Wizard1 - Thursday, Jul 01, 2004 at 11:34

Thursday, Jul 01, 2004 at 11:34
Looked in to Diff lockers for my my 90 Series Prado TD. But it has done just fine in sand, mud and all challenges put in front of me.

I am only aware of a diff locker being available for the rear and a LSD upgrade for the front unless this has changed for the 120 series.

Wizard
Darwin NT
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