Hi Fellow CJers,
I grenaded the AMC 20 in my 84 CJ7. No I wasn’t on some crazy trail or remote desert location “Thank God” It was in the parking lot of my local Starbucks. I Know, Don’t say it, at Starbucks.
As I understand it the Track Lok system is inherently prown to failure after years of abuse and in a 28 year old vehicle it was a matter of time.
My plan now is to install one piece axels, new bearings and seals, re-gear to a more appropriate ratio for my 35x12-50 tires, and install a new gear carrier.
I know it’s a AMC 20 and it might not be wise to put money into this weak link but I figure it’s worked perfect for 28 years and don't have the thousands to upgrade.
So to my question:
I am not going to use an ARB to costly. So I am thinking a Auburn Limited Slip, Detroit/Eton Locker any ideas or advice. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
By the way I use my rig on the road in California so a Posi probably not the best option.
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Many will.say not to waste money on a amc 20. I have a 20 in my 83. When I bought it it had one piece axles. One of the only things to PO did right. I regeared from 2.73 to 4.10, welded and trussed it, and threw in a Richmond lockrite. I'd say if you don't plan on running 37s or something ridiculous lime that you will be fine.
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When I replaced the 8.8 with a 9" in my '87 Bronco I had Currie re-gear for the 35" tires and install a Detroit locker. I like it but it is quirky. When it was new you could both hear and feel it ratchet and re-lock as you turned. It's not as bad now but i have also gotten used to it. The rear would 'jump' as this was happening. Also, if on the gas, it does want to push the front end a little. For a 95-100% street truck I would think a limited slip would be the better way to go as opposed to a locker.
My jeep is getting an Auburn Pro line LSD installed in it right now while I'm at work. From what I've heard its not quite the traction of a locker but way more driveability which recently is much more important to me then off road traction.
You can def tell that auto locker is there in the rear. Slow speeds it bumps and chirps when turning. Every once and a while you get a horrendous pop. Shifting at high speeds causes it to kick a little, at least on mine. It's predicts let now though. Still haven't had it on the packed snow or ice so can't comment on thst
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A spool is a locker except that it does not have any spider gears to account for making turns. Both rear wheels will turn at the same speed at all times or at least try to. I would suggest going to Randy's ring and pinion ( ringpinion.com ) and look at the descriptions of the different traction devices they carry.
I've been running a spool in mine since 1998. Except for the occasional "bark bark bark" when turning tight in a parking lot, its not bad on the street. The Jeep tracks strait ahead on the freeway. I like it because there is no change in the way it handles going into, through, and exiting a corner. Its always the same.
Beat it to fit, paint it to match!