Trac-Lok *IS* the LSD Option. That's what it's called. If you don't have the LSD you don't have Trac-Lok. It makes zero sense to hear people say things like "you don't need the LSD since Trac-Lok is fine." I'll say it once again, if you don't get the LSD, you don't have Trac-Lok.
The system that comes on every Jeep regardless, is known as BLD - "Brake Lock Differential". Do not confuse that with Trac-Lok, it is not the same thing.
Apologies. I was shooting from the hip and got the two mixed up, which, as you describe in later posts, is very easy to do given all the terms out there.
Replace where I say "trac-loc" with "brake lock differential", but the overall tone of my post is the same. The LSD isn't worth it IMO. You'll still fall into one of two categories, heavy offroader or lite offroader. For a lite offroader, the LSD is complete overkill, a stock jeep in 4 wheel drive can handle pretty much any trail/dirt road/ field/ beach. So you're just wasting $300.
For a serious offroader- just get actual lockers. You've still wasted $300
Deuskid- I tow a 2000lb boat pretty frequently with a stick shift, It's fairly easy to tow with a stick. Honestly, the most difficult part is reversing with the trailer. With an automatic, you can just leave it in reverse and hit the brakes to adjust your speed, in a stick shift, you'll stall your car out unless you're constantly working the clutch.
Yes it feels like you're shifting a truck. Not a bad shifter, though maybe a little clunky. I still enjoy it though.