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Unread 01-20-2010, 10:46 PM   #1
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96 limited slip 98 open??????

So i can get a 96 limited slip without calipers and a 98 open with calipers but look like the need to be replaced or rebuilt? What is my best option both same price.

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Unread 01-20-2010, 11:06 PM   #2
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So i can get a 96 limited slip without calipers and a 98 open with calipers but look like the need to be replaced or rebuilt? What is my best option both same price.
Wrong forum possibly?

If so, let me know where I can move your thread.
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Unread 01-20-2010, 11:08 PM   #3
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i am swaping in an 8.8 explorer axle and have access to the above axles just wondering what a better option is?
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Get the open one, IMO.

The Ford LSD is no advantage & makes adding an auto locker later on a pricey affair with no options.

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Unread 01-20-2010, 11:27 PM   #5
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SO the limited slip is not worth the extra work? and i have read about the auto lockers but not sure that is what i want in the rear end as i drive the street alot. so would the limited slip suffice until i swapped it out for a full locker?
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Unread 01-20-2010, 11:29 PM   #6
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I see, that makes much better sense. I agree with Max that adding a lunchbox locker inside an open differential carrier could be a nice thing if that's in your overall game plan.

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SO the limited slip is not worth the extra work? and i have read about the auto lockers but not sure that is what i want in the rear end as i drive the street alot. so would the limited slip suffice until i swapped it out for a full locker?
I'm sure it would be fine, but most folks report that offroad they can't tell any difference between a LSD 8.8 & an open diff.

They don't have, or cause problems, they just seems to be of no advantage.

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Unread 01-20-2010, 11:31 PM   #8
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any take on a good street lunch box locker?
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Aussie Lockers have a reputation for "quieter" operation & a cheaper price, without sacrificing quality.

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I see, that makes much better sense. I agree with Max that adding a lunchbox locker inside an open differential carrier could be a nice thing if that's in your overall game plan. LSD + lunchbox locker = not an option at this time since nobody makes 'em.
Joe, Powertrax makes one, but its $500.

Just like the OP, I was unaware about LS carriers. I found an axle in great shape with 4.10's and jumped at the chance to get it, not knowing it limited (no pun intended) my options for lockers..... which is why I'm putting an Aussie up front and will probably never lock the rear unless I learn to set up a R&P myself.

I need to find the article... I remember somebody saying to put in new or add clutch discs (and the Ford friction modifier to the diff fluid) for a little better LS action.
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I have a Dana 35 with limited slip. It does help some when in mud or loose rock. I have been told that both wheels were digging in. Once a wheel is off the ground, you will have to apply the parking break a little to fool the wheel that off the ground.

I bought a 8.8 with a open carrier and a LS carrier that I will replace the open with.

I rebuilt the LS carrier so it will have a lower slip rate. Ford has a thickness dimension on the clutch packs of .640 to .645. You can add clutches to make the LS a lot tighter so it won't slip as easy. I have added some extra clutches to bring it up to the max.


YouTube - Ford 8.8" rear end Traction-Lok clutch setups

I would prefer a locker but don't like the street habits that it gives you. I have had rear lockers to do funny things on the highway. One time, running 65, the rear locker just slipped or something and it shot the jeep to the right real fast than another bang and it was straight again. Very exciting experience.

Since my rig is a part time offroad rig and never do level 5 trails, I will stick with the LS. Plus if my wife drives it and the noise and actions of a rear locker might scare her. I do run a locker in the front with the axle disconnect.

Rock climbing, full time offroad, I would use a locker. If it's a DD and weekend offroad, I would go with the LS.
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Joe, Powertrax makes one, but its $500.
That's good to know. I stand corrected.

Here's the data sheet & here's the PN's from Richmond Gear:

Open = 92-0688-3108
LSD= 92-0688-3128

http://www.richmondgear.com/powertrax/fordtruckns.pdf
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^ Yeah.... but at that approx. $500 price tag, you're sort of on the fence.

Aussie is $250 w/ free shipping from Northridge 4x4 if you had an open carrier. $500 is a lot for a lunchbox locker, and at that price a person might want to consider saving up for a pro install of a selectable.

But from the few write-ups I've read, people with LS carriers seem to like the Powertrax for their 8.8. But I've only seen a few articles so time will tell.
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If he talking about the whole axle assembly and gets the 98, he will have to do a lot of modifications for a leaf spring set up. 96 should be a direct bolt in, unless a 96 is a TJ?
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Neither one will be a direct bolt in. He will have to cut the brackets off and weld them on where they need to go. I have the LS in mine and can't tell much of a difference between it and an open carrier. On snow covered roads it is easier to do donuts with the LSD.
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