I used to run front / rear TTs before swapping out the D35 for a Rubicon D44.
If it wasn't for my annoyance at having to replace damaged axleshafts twice on the D44 I wouldn't have done the swap. The Truetrac worked great for me for about 7-8 years and I loved them. In some respects, I wish I had a D44 with TT in it out back for the simplicity but I couldn't pass up on the Rubi D44 deal I got. And like Island Tj, I had a lot of incredulous observers swear up and down I was running lockers (pre-axle-swap). The TT's just work and work well. No fuss, no muss, lots of traction, and excellent on-road handling.
Eric, Did you End up running TT front and rear? I just bought a TT for my rear and I'm debating a TT up front or a Spartan.. How do you like the 4.56 gears and 33s? What RPMS are you turning on the Highway? I'm debating either 4.10s or 4.56 gears as well.. Oh and I'm a Fellow Jeeper here in Baton Rouge! Where in St. Francisville are yall riding??
Having run f/r Truetracs for several years in my previous TJ, I would definitely go with a true locker up front. A front lunchbox locker will not affect your steering on the street when in 2wd, but when you are offroad and shift into 4x4, the locker will help a LOT more than the Truetrac can. I replaced my f/r Truetracs with lockers because the Truetracs were ineffective on any trail or obstacle where both tires couldn't remain in firm contact with the ground. Yes that included the use of proper use of my brakes to help the Truetracs work/engage better.
To me, Truetracs are better for the street and lockers are better for offroading.
I dunno... I ran a front Trutrack with the rear Trackloc for awhile... it worked OK and it was reliable. That being said, it also had all of the negatives of a locker on wet or snowy roads, ie... it became a low side finder and none of the benefits of actually locking both sides up if a tire was in the air. I eventually switched it to a Detroit up front which I hated and then eventually to ARB's front and rear.
MO is that if you think you need/want a traction device, then save your duckets up and go for a selectable which will give you the best of both worlds. Trutracks are not cheap either so its not that huge of a stretch to get up to a selectable.
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My TT's work well off-road so far...got me through here...
and they get me up to the mountains for snowboarding:
1998 TJ Moss [COLOR=darkgreen][B][SIZE=3]Green[/SIZE][/B][/COLOR] Sahara w/ numerous scratches & dents whose playground is on a tropical island that's 33 miles long and 4-12 miles wide, in year-round 82 degree weather.
Wheeler Lake, I love that trail. One of my favorites in CO for sure. I would say on the Flopper obstacle there that you can easily get one of the two wheels off the ground on your front and rear axles. I currently have a TT in the front and an ARB in the rear. Eventually I will go to a ARB in the front as well, but the TT has served me well and most people ask me if I have a locker when running up challenging sections on trails and until recently with the ARB locker addition the answer was always no. Unless you are doing a ton of rock crawling where tires are off of the ground then the TT is a great option and is very simplistic compared to a locker. I have found mine to behave wheel in the snow as well so it is definately better than a lunch box locker for those of us that see snow on a common basis.
I put an E-locker in my front hp30 and a TT in my rear tirdy5.
With over 10k miles on this setup I don't think there is a better one for MY jeep. With the front locked while side hilling the rear does not push; it just follows the front. Since we see a lot of snow here when I shift into 4wh with the front not completely locked and the rear TT does its thing. Amazing on snowy roads.
I make it everywhere everyone that I wheel with does in trail only rigs locked f/r and some places they can't cause the rear axle doesn't push the front.
Building my junk with more junk, so Im always on the look out for more junk....Free to cheap preferably. :D
My junk http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/survivor-project-driveway-frame-swap-33s-build-1280626/index3.html