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Unread 01-13-2007, 06:13 PM   #1
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Track lock: do you need it?

You guys are all enthusiasts. Did you get the tracklock? Why or why not? I have to order a Jeep to get one: there are none on lots around here!

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Unread 01-13-2007, 06:24 PM   #2
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its worth it.

or you can wait and get a rear locker when it becomes available. (cant have both though)
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Unread 01-13-2007, 07:12 PM   #3
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I got the trac lock

It was a requirement for me...this is my first jeep, but my family has had 4WDs in the past and the ones without a limited slip always struggled when the going got rough. Some may say that the traction control system negates the need for limited slip, but having had my Jeep in the snow today in 2WD, I could feel both rear wheels pushing without the annoying electronic nanny kicking in.
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Unread 01-13-2007, 07:44 PM   #4
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I'll offer a different view here.

The JK is the first Jeep I've owned that does not have a limited-slip or locker in the rear diff. I thought it would be a problem, and it's not. Seriously, the traction control works VERY well in the JK. Originally, I figured I'd want to put a locker in - but the performance of the JK in slippery situations has changed my mind.

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Unread 01-14-2007, 12:27 AM   #5
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I know I don't own a JK, but I'll chime in here.

Traction control may be great for on pavement...I know the traction/stability control works great on my WK on the road when things get slick. But if you're off road and want to disable the traction/stability control to allow for some wheelspin (in mud for example), then the vehicle will function exactly like one with an open differential...the torque will take the path of least resistance and one wheel per axle will spin like mad while the other just sits there.

So yeah, go for the traction-lok. Traction/stability control will help on the road, but it won't be effective off road if you disable it using the button on the dash.

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Unread 01-14-2007, 01:02 AM   #6
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NAAAAAAAA You can always use high speed instead
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Thanks, if it is that good than I'm sure that they can't sell it in California. Everything else is illegal in this state except the illegalsl
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