Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Buena Vista Colorado
Trouble with a Detroit E-Z Locker in D35
I lost my traclock last summer and had to put in an open carier in my Dana 35 in a 99 TJ with 3.73 gears. The ring gear plate on the open carrier is the same as the traclock that came stock. This is the measurement from the bearing on the ring side to the plate that the ring gear is bolted to. The Ring and Pinion have been set for proper gear clash and it works fine( if you like one spining only!). I purchased a Detroit E-Z locker and had it installed at the same time as the open carrier. Once installed and taken on a test drive the rear axle would pop and jerk to the left and the right. It would also slip as if the gears were slipping. The ring and pinion were not slipping either. Once a set of spiders were installed into the carrier it was fine. I returned the part to the place that I purchased it from and was given another new one. I then had that one installed into the carrier and it did the same thing. I need to know if ther might be a fix for my delima. Is there a measurement that the inside of the carrier has to be to make this opperate correctly? If so what might that be? I have been in touch with a local Jeep specialist shop and we are stumped. As you know its now getting close to spring and I would like to get it back into a locker. I am runing 31/10.50/15 tires and no lift. I am now very good at taking out everything as I have tried my best to make it to work. When talking to Jeff he thinks that the springs may be too weak to keep the clutches engaged.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
99 TJ Red 4" Tomken Lift 35x12.50x15 BFG Mudders
Skyjacker 8000 Nitro Shocks
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Colorado Jeep Member #1999