Diff Locks

Submitted: Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 18:36
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Hi all,
I am going to fit a Diff Lock (air locker) to my 80 series and have upgraded the compressor to allow me to pump tyres etc.
I am now considering wether I should fit one to the front as well or would this be overkill given that im not going to tackle Outback Challenge type 4wding just normal track work etc.
Thanks for any input.
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Reply By: Pezza (Bris) - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 19:00

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 19:00
Hi westozal,
IMHO get your limited slip in the rear tightened up and fit the locker in the front, that is more than enough for what you are going to do,
Trust me, places where the above combination stops and twin lockers take over, are places where you really don't want to take a family cruiser anyway.

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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 19:25

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 19:25
Oh you big spoilsport. You must be getting old, don't think you'd have said that 10yrs ago LOL!!

Don't forget, he said 80 series and that is one of those things with an oval badge and a T in the middle. Oh someone stop me hahhahahaha.
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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:12

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:12
Al, do you even have a need for a locker at all? The 80 is a very capable vehicle on it's own & after a bit of driving you may find that you wont need to spend the money. I didn't have a locker in my 80 yet drove almost every steep billy goat track in the Vic High Country, up the Cape, accross the deserts & even placed 5th in a Pajero Challenge. Fitting 2 overkill............for most people definately is.
Cheers Craig..........
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:22

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:22
I think you are probably right Crackles. I had two in my GQ and it was fantastic. Where it would not go, nothing would.

Did I need them? Na!

Was it good to have them OOOOOOooooohhhhhhh Yeaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!

They were lots of fun particularly in a vehicle that looked reasonable standard. I once meat a guy in a severly jacked up Hilux. I was checking out a difficult area on a track when he came up. He asked if I minded him going through andwithout getting out of the Lux proceeded up the track. He got stuck, backed down and had another go, stuck again. I asked if he minded me haveing a go at it. I pushed the two buttons on the dash and walked up the hill. The guy with the Lux spat it wanted to know how I had done it. The secret is wheel placement I told him before driving off. The secret was traction control.

But you are right they are a luxury.

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Follow Up By: Crackles - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 09:31

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 09:31
Duncs there is nothing like a couple of 'magic buttons' to make one look like a great driver. I've been in a similar situation where a fella was stuck on a rock ledge winching. I drove up beside him on the hard side, stopped to ask if he needed a hand, then restarted continuing on my way :-) But that was back in the 80's when their was heaps of low range 1st hills & huge ruts to negotiate. Unless one goes out of their way to look for difficult tracks most have been cleaned up & with coil suspension on many cars & the improvement in tyres really how often now would a locker need to be engaged these days.
Cheers Craig.............
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:27

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:27
I put two Airlockers in my 80 (which is going on the market in a week or so). When I put them in the installer told me that these would take all the fun out of 4wdriving. He was absolutely right. They made everything so easy that it did truly take the fun out of it all.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:59

Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 22:59
All depends on the terrain you encounter - have you ever needed them? Fair enough Yota have never managed to make a LSD that lasts 30,000klms yet. so a Locker is an idea, but as some others have said, lockers do take the challenge out of lots of things.

if you have the money to spare, go for it.
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Reply By: westozal - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 09:58

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 09:58
Hi all,
Some interesting replies to my query. I think the gerneral feel of the replies is that one would suffice for my general requirements. The idea to fit one was prompted by the useless LSD in place now.
I have had the 80 for 3 yrs so am familiar with its capabilities, was going to update but decided that the 40 odd thousand dollars needed to get what I would like could stay in my bank acc .
The car is not my daily driver.... mostly used to do a bit of 4wding on weekends and to tow my poptop caravan.
Thankyou to those who took time to reply.
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Follow Up By: Sea-Dog - Friday, May 25, 2007 at 16:37

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 16:37
I have an 80 and put both front and rear in... in hindsight after having both in I would say to just replace the rear!!

You will get plenty of wheeling done with just that... maybe spend the money you would have spent on the front on a winch! you will get plenty of use out of that too!

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