Originally Posted by danw2
i would like to go through some decent mud/water, like 6+ inches perhaps. my biggest concern is, if i was to try to climb a hill and lets say the jeep tilts and one of the rear tire isnt touching that ground. will i be able to get out of it with the LSD? and i was wondering if i could get a simple explination of both and how they work. cuz all i know is the lockers lock both wheels, so no matter what they both spin when you give it gas. am i right?
Yes and no,, LSD (at least the Detroit Truetrac) when a wheel spins it transfers 3 times the torque to the other wheel. When a wheel is actually in the air there is 0 traction, so 0 torque so nothing to transfer..
On older Jeeps, if you touch the brakes a little, that causes drag and gives the LSD some torque to transfer.
The new JKs have the TSC (Traction control system) see page 101 of your manual. Which in essence works almost like a limited slip (only transfering torque a 1 to 1 ratio), and is on even when ESP is off. It will apply the brakes automatically to any wheel spinning, so you don't have to, forcing the LSD to transfer torque to the wheel on the ground.
This is not an ideal set up if you are going to off road a lot, then you should probably have a locker. But for the occasional off road excursion you should be fine.
But of course, if you can afford it, lockers are better.