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post #1 of 17 Old 04-06-2009, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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To lock or not to lock the front.

So I found a guy selling a dana 30 lock right for a steal.

I have an aussie in the rear.

I only use 4wd off road and I can't remember the last time I used it on the road. This is my dailey driver

From what I can find online a locker in the front is fine as long as i keep it in 2wd.

Any more I should know?

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-06-2009, 07:41 PM
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Locking the front will not like turns..

use something like a Detroit True-Trac It's and LSD that doesnt use clutches and doesn't require any Special Diff fluids. And it's seemless from what ive heard. you wont notice it unless u take turns at like 432423 miles sharp.

locking the front wont have anything to do with it being 4wd 2wd Locking Means Both Wheels Spin at the same rate. meaning turning is horrible due to 1 tire has to spin slower than the other to perform a turn.

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i have read alot of threads about tihs and locking the front isnt too bad on the streets

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post #4 of 17 Old 04-06-2009, 08:32 PM
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Josh - With a lunchbox locker, they only lock when power is applied. Therefore, in 2wd, they are just spinning and act as an open diff. When you put it in 4wd, you get a locked front.
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Man, It's hard trying to deciede what to do. It's like half say one thing and the other half say the other.

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post #6 of 17 Old 04-06-2009, 09:53 PM
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you should let me buy it. Problem solved!

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A buddy of mine installed a lunchbox style locker in his D30 here recently. He has the 242 transfer case just like you do. Its not that noticable on the road with the transfer case in 2wd. Other than the clicking going around turns, its on road manners in 2wd are not bad. He loves it off road.

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yeah i had a friend with a 4 runner who had that lunchbox style locker up front and it was all good it just makes a like ratchet clicking noise in turns but wasn't very noticable, i've been wanting one on mine

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A buddy of mine installed a lunchbox style locker in his D30 here recently. He has the 242 transfer case just like you do. Its not that noticable on the road with the transfer case in 2wd. Other than the clicking going around turns, its on road manners in 2wd are not bad. He loves it off road.
I can attest to this, i have a loc-right up front, in 2wd wouldnt even know its there and you can faintly hear it when cornering, but you have to listen for it. if you go 4x4 on ashphalt you will know its there when you turn and step on the gas!!! she will only wanna go straight, and it increases torque steer, but only in 4x4,. other than that its invisible......
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post #10 of 17 Old 04-07-2009, 02:08 AM
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LOCK IT!!!! If it's a deal go for it. 1 locker = 70% increase in traction over open diffs. 2 lockers = 100% increase

This will put a lot of strain on the front axle though. If it were me I would lock both with lunchboxes to even things out.

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i say do it, in 2wd you will barley notice it.

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Come on guys don't encourage him.


















I want him to sell it to me. Please let me know before Wednesday so I can save some Coin on my order..

If you wheel ,Do it Do it, put it in. You will have to remove the carrier this time for the d30, Just an extra couple of steps though. plenty of write ups on it though.

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If only you had locking hubs, you wouldn't have any problems at all. I wish they made a conversion kit. I guess I'll just have to save up for a new axle with locking hubs.

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Mile Marker and Warn both make unlocking hub kits, and there are others, only problem is it costs money and you usually loose your ABS braking due to no tone ring on new outer axle shafts.

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Warn sells a lockout conversion kit for the 30, but it costs close to a grand. I have a trutrac and really like it, but if I did it all again, I would go selectable. Having very limited steering in 4x4 would suck to me, even though its a good deal.

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