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Unread 09-13-2013, 04:21 AM   #1
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Post viscous coupler replacement

So, I decided to go ahead with the VC replacement because I like the simplicity of the 249 and I will be moving to a snowy area in two weeks. I bought one on ebay for $349 that was advertised as being 'new.' The install wasn't too bad but it took about six hours with help from a friend. I've been driving with the new VC for about a week now and there is a big improvement, but I still get some tension and tire squeal when doing sharp turns. Is it normal to have a little of this going on with a fresh viscous coupler?

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Rear limited slip? Definitely yes. Even if you don't have one, inner tires can squeal a little on very tight turns (ie. full lock turns at slow speeds).
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Okay, thank you. That makes me feel better. Yeah it has limited slip too so that makes sense. I'm just happy to hear I don't have to take it back apart.
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...I still get some tension and tire squeal when doing sharp turns. Is it normal to have a little of this going on with a fresh viscous coupler?
That's normal for a 96'-98' 249. It's just the nature of the beast. Every time you turn you are fighting that very stiff VC. I did the same replacement 4 years ago.
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