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Unread 07-22-2002, 06:49 PM   #1
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Trac-Lock Differential

I'm from Quebec, Canada, Kingdom of snow (french snow) and I'm looking to purchase a Liberty Limited with Select-Trac. I've never have a Jeep before (sorry) and I don't understand what is the benefit of the Trac-Lock option. I understand (...) that when I'm in Full-Time 4WD, the differential is locked in the center so I will get stuck if 2 wheels spin like the front left and the rear right, is that right or I'm a idiot?

Can somebody tell me what can happen if I don't have the Trac-Lock? Is it true that even with 4WD I can get stuck in the mud or snow because one wheel can spin? Is it true that Trac-Lock can prevent this?

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Unread 07-22-2002, 07:28 PM   #2
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Basically, Jeep offers two four-wheel drive systems: part-time Command-TracŪ and full-time Selec-TracŪ. Selec-TracŪ has the added feature of a full-time mode that can be used year-round over any surface, whereas Command-TracŪ has to be manually disengaged if you're on regular street surfaces.

For a much better summary of various 4WD systems available, see here: http://www.cars.com/carsapp/national...ied/index.tmpl
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Unread 07-22-2002, 07:36 PM   #3
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Re: Trac-Lock Differential

When in 4WD Full-Time ( for the road ), your transfer case is not locked. You KJ will be using one of the 4 wheels to propel you forward. If one starts to lose traction the power will be trasferred to one that has traction.

When in 4WD Part-Time ( for off-raod ), your trasfer case is locked so that one front and one rear wheel will turn at all times. With open diffs ( no trac-lok or locker ), if a wheel gets light and spins you do not get added traction on the other wheel ( same axle ).

With Trac-Lok it will sense that a wheel is loosing traction and transfer " some " power to the opposite wheel. This means that the two rear tires will both be working ( 2WD or 4WD ). When off-road the Trac-Lok will sense this loss of traction and " try " to compensate for it. If one rear wheel gets off the ground the Trac-Lok will not transfer power because it is receiving no input. You can " fool " the Trac-Lok by touching your brakes ( left foot while applying gas-much easier with an automatic ). This makes the Trac-Lok work even if the axle has one wheel off the ground.

This trick also works with open diffs but does not hook up as solidly as with a Trac-Lok. If you are going to attempt a steep climb that has some ruts, it is a good idea to pull the e-brake up three clicks before you attempt the climb ( just make sure you release the e-brake after you finish the climb ). If the e-brake is not enough you can give the foot brake a try with the left foot and it will engage both front wheels ( to a point ). Wiggling the front steering wheel will also help get both front wheels turning ( great for mud ).
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Unread 07-23-2002, 07:26 AM   #4
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OK I understand. Great explications.

Another question : does the Trac-Lock is ready to work all the time or only in Part-Time 4WD (Command-Trac)? What I mean is if I drive on Full-Time 4WD in winter and 1 wheel begin to spin on ice, does the Track-Lock will transfer some power to the 3 other wheels?
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OK I understand. Great explications.

Another question : does the Trac-Lock is ready to work all the time or only in Part-Time 4WD (Command-Trac)? What I mean is if I drive on Full-Time 4WD in winter and 1 wheel begin to spin on ice, does the Track-Lock will transfer some power to the 3 other wheels?
Trac-Lok is a LSD ( limited slip differential ). It resides in your "rear" axle so it only affects your two rear tires. Since it resides in your rear axle, it always has power applied to it and works in all settings ( 2WD,4WD Part-Time, 4WD Full-Time ). An LSD in the rear can make driving on ice kind of tricky. It sometimes tends to make you spin out. It is not as big an issue with a KJ as with other short wheelbase vehicles in the Jeep line. With Selec-Trac engaged in Full-Time 4WD, you should have no problems. I have a Powertrax No Slip Locker in the rear and it works great with Full-Time 4WD in the wet.
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I have a Powertrax No Slip Locker in the rear and it works great with Full-Time 4WD in the wet.
If you don't mind my asking, how much would I expect to pay to add a rear diff like that?

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If you don't mind my asking, how much would I expect to pay to add a rear diff like that?

Thanks!
You can order them thru RockyRoadOutfitters or Rustys. They are about $350.00 plus shipping. Be sure to tell them if you have an open carrier or a limited slip ( different part numbers ). It is a "lunch box locker " so you will not need to set the backlash. With some mechanical skill you can install yourself in about 2-3 hours.
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