Fitting Lokka/Lock Right diffs at home

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 09:41
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Anyone got any experience in stuffing one of these little beauties in their own diff in their own garage?
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Reply By: royce - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 11:04

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 11:04
No..... but I can recommend them. My Supa Trupa goes places it couldn't in 4WD in 2WD now!
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Reply By: just - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:12

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 12:12
SV, I installed a lock right in the fronf diff of my 1991 Maverick. I had no problems doing the job, just followed the instructions. I also included a good portion of Slick 50 which is alleged to coat all steel with a toughening agent - don't know whether it helped but had 9 trouble free years of 4WDing before selling the old bus.
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Follow Up By: Desert - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 16:09

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 16:09
Just, all BS aside, how effective was the unit in respect to climbing steep, rough, loose hills etc. And, were there any down sides like steering troubles or difficulties in making turns etc????
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Follow Up By: Bonz - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 18:01

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 18:01
I had a lockright in the front of my 91 Mav and you knew it was there!. In 4WD the steering was heavier (even with Power steering) but once used to it it was great! You can hear it disengaging around corners but it still drove through both wheels thru the corner and when the wheels were straight it pulled like a train.

Up steep rough loose hills around Woods Point, where I now gasp when I watch the video of where we went it performed beautifully.

Air Lockers tend to "tractor" i.e. drive straight ahead more so than the lockrights and cost a bomb more, although I do believe they are the best (no cost considerations) answer to make all wheels turn together.

Other trucks had the air lockers and went up the hills well too just a little more strength needed, but with power steering who cares?

I have now taken them from the Mav into my 2001 GU Patrol (with a small modification to the drive shafts) and they are still kicking after 5 years.

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Reply By: flappan - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 13:02

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 13:02
Hopefully shortly, I'll put one of these in my Pajero.

The only advice that I can offer is make sure all the tolerences are correct. Apparently that is the most important issue with fittment.
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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 13:50

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 13:50
Thanks Guys.

just - you said no problems fitting one. I'll give it a go - I'm sure it can't be harder than an engine rebuild.....
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Reply By: Hardy - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 22:37

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 22:37
They are not too difficult to install. As an alternative you could do 90% of the work your self and pull out the diff centres and take that into a mechanic. Unfortunately I am not sure that I would totaly recomend the lock right diff locks. I had them in the front nd back of my landcuizer and it seriously reduced the bitumen peformance. Off the road the thing was a mechine and quite literally was unstopable. One way to put is to say just haveing the back lockers in and the car in 2wd was like having the thing in 4wd. Highly recomend them if you are a serious off roader.
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Reply By: just - Thursday, Feb 20, 2003 at 10:32

Thursday, Feb 20, 2003 at 10:32
Desert, Bonz got it in a nutshell. I didn't mention that I too not have a GU with front lock right. I would certainly think hard, and more than likely not, put any passive locker in the rear as they significantly reduce/change on road cornering characteristics, being definately "clunky" and noticable when disengaging.
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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Thursday, Feb 20, 2003 at 14:47

Thursday, Feb 20, 2003 at 14:47
I was looking at using the lockright as a "softer option" than something like a detroit locker which I have heard has a much "clunkier" operation. A friend had a detroit locker in the back of his Sierra and with the 33" tyres was fine but he said it was a nightmare on his 31"s - the car could virtually change lanes based on the locker engaging/disengaging.

Once I fit this I will stay with 30" tyres due to the potential for trouble using 26"s.....

With no power steering it's not gonna be recommended to use them on the front - hard enough to steer off road with the 30"s now.

If I need more than one locker then I'll upgrade 4wd's. I've got first dibs on a friends turbo diesel surf when he lets it go - if anyone in Brissy wanted to buy my Vitara I'd probably let it go now.

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