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Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 19:50
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hi everybody.

just curious, if you replace a LSD with a diff lock, does the car drive worse in slippery conditions than normally. I assumme it would have less traction, as it would mean you now have an open diff when the locker is disengaged.
Does anyone find this a negative with air lockers.

thanks for all the great & helpful responses i am sure to receive.

Con.
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Reply By: revhead307 - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 19:58

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 19:58
Thats assuming you are replacing it with a disengageable diff lock, then i suppose so.

The permanent style give u traction all the time (detroit, lokka etc)

Rev

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Reply By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 20:07

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 20:07
you would have to make sure that the diff lock will fit in where the LSD used to. sometimes the diff housing is slightly different in size, open to LSD.
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Follow Up By: conman - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 20:10

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 20:10
Umm I might be confused Crazie, but i'm wondering if an unlocked airlocker is basically an open diff. So if I replace my LSD with an airlocker, am i going to get worse performance when the air locker is disengaged?
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 20:33

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 20:33
Hi Conman

think the air locks are different, and will fit no worries. The air locker dis engaged will not, from my understanding, preform as good as a lsd. but at the flick of the switch, they will perform so much better.

Others here will be able to confirm that for you.
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Reply By: Patroleum - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 20:36

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 20:36
Conman,

air locker off is the same as an open diff. If you have a constant 4wd it makes no difference at all, eg 80 series. if you have part time eg patrol ,it will be noticable in slippery on road conditions,but the off road benifit is exceptional.

Greg
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Reply By: Robin - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 20:40

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 20:40
This is the case , certainly in my Patrol which had good LSD, however its mixed bag and overall its worth it. For these reasons and others your 1st ARB Diff lock should always go in front axle in a Patrol.

I notice it on wet roads , when appling power, it certainly spins a back wheel
more easily , however across side slopes the open diff tracks better and does
not push back around as much as LSD.

The rear locker when engaged helps somewhat , but not as much as a set of fresh tyres but overall my assement is that it is worth it.

Robin Miller
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Follow Up By: grayson - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 12:37

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 12:37
Agree with you Robin. Nissans have a great LSD but if its an 80 series the LSD probably stopped working properly ages ago anyway. I have airlockers fitted front and rear to my 80 GXL and have noticed no difference in on road or gravel road manners. The transformation when both lockers are activated off-road however has convinced me that I will always be fitting them if able to.

Rob Grayson
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