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Unread 01-13-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
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Running a Spartan Locker in Front Dana 30 (Selec Trac)?

Can I safely run spartan locker in my Dana 30 front diff with my Selec Trac TC? I use 2wd only on the street. I am going to get a spartan locker for the 44A in the rear just wanted to see if I can save myself a fortune compared to an Ox locker (cable actuated) which is my ideal choice but about $1,000 more money

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Unread 01-13-2012, 02:34 PM   #2
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I am not a fan of auto lockers in the front with full time hubs. Several run them, however, with good success. IMO, a locked rear and a good LSD (i.e. Detroit true trac) up front will take you most places quite competently. Plus, a clutchless LSD such as the true trac is moderately priced compared to the OX or ARB.
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I have a Spartan in my front 30 and love it... Cv axle shafts arnt so strong tho... Be prepared to replace, they are cheep tho
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I am not a fan of auto lockers in the front with full time hubs. Several run them, however, with good success. IMO, a locked rear and a good LSD (i.e. Detroit true trac) up front will take you most places quite competently. Plus, a clutchless LSD such as the true trac is moderately priced compared to the OX or ARB.
Thanks I will look at the Detroit true trac.
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I have a Spartan in my front 30 and love it... Cv axle shafts arnt so strong tho... Be prepared to replace, they are cheep tho
That is what I was afraid of thanks for the info.
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I was thinking about doing the same thing. Figuring that if I didn't have it in 4WD it would free wheel, no problem right. NO, If i put an autolocker in the front and have it out of 4WD the axles with still lock when making a turn. Am I right?
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I was thinking about doing the same thing. Figuring that if I didn't have it in 4WD it would free wheel, no problem right. NO, If i put an autolocker in the front and have it out of 4WD the axles with still lock when making a turn. Am I right?
It seems like according to the one owner of this setup that has chimed in that it works but he seems to go through a lot of CV shafts due to it putting more pressure on the joints when turning I guess. I kinda wish we had manual hubs LOL.
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No mine only locks when in 4wd... That any 4wd part time or full time.. when I'm in two wheel drive I can hardly notice it and cant hear it
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No mine only locks when in 4wd... That any 4wd part time or full time.. when I'm in two wheel drive I can hardly notice it and cant hear it
Oh got you. Sounds like it would be fine for me then. I am in 2wd 99.9% of the time. Just frustrating when you get into a jam and only 1tire on each axle is getting torque sent to it.
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I have a Spartan in the front D30 of my XJ with selec-trac. It works (i.e. traction-wise) infinitely better than my detroit true-trac in the front of my WJ. I just don't use 4-full time when on asphalt, 2wd only, unless I'm on dirt roads. It's inexpensive, easy to install, and works great.
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I have a Spartan in the front D30 of my XJ with selec-trac. It works (i.e. traction-wise) infinitely better than my detroit true-trac in the front of my WJ. I just don't use 4-full time when on asphalt, 2wd only, unless I'm on dirt roads. It's inexpensive, easy to install, and works great.
Thanks for the good info. Spartan lockers front and rear it is. Hello true 4wd no more one wheel peeling LOL.
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An auto locker in the front with a 242 = poor mans selectable locker. LOL I'm running a lockrite in the front and love it. Everyone always talks about how bad they are in the snow/ice, but you shouldn't have to worry about that at all down in FL.
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An auto locker in the front with a 242 = poor mans selectable locker. .
Awesome way to look at it
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So if I lock the.front in mine, as long as im in 2wd it will still drive the same as now?

OFFTOPIC- but frank, do you run treadwrights?
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So if I lock the.front in mine, as long as im in 2wd it will still drive the same as now?

OFFTOPIC- but frank, do you run treadwrights?
On tight turns, you will get some clicking which I believe is the locker trying to stay disengaged, since no torque is being applied to it. In my XJ, the clicking is barely noticeable. In 4WD, it's completely quiet. I put regular Valvoline 80W-90 dino gear oil in the diff, too.
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