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post #1 of 12 Old 04-10-2014, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody used Powertrax Lockers?

My Dana 35 spider gears are on their way out. Considering putting a Powertrax locker in instead. Anybody had any experience with these?

I do have a Track Lock axle, so I'm not sure if the two would fight each other or if the track lock does the same thing the Powertrax would.

I have heard from one or two people that they put excessive wear on the diff and make on road driving a terrifying experience. True?

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-11-2014, 06:20 AM
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What you have now is a LSD, not a full time locker. The Powertrax no-slip locker is a good choice as far as lunch box style lockers are concerned. However, I wouldn't lock the Dana 35, it's prone to breaking. A full time locker in the rear is tolerable on the street as long as you don't mind the little bit of bucking/jumping you can get when turning sharp.. like into a parking space. It's more tolerable if you have an Auto.

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-11-2014, 07:28 AM
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Before you throw money into it be sure that there's not also problems with the ring & pinion and carrier bearings etc. If there's more problems look around for a complete d35 with 3.73 gears.
If it is just the spider gears I'd buy that set of gears and clutchs in the other thread and slap them in.
As said don't lock the d35. The Powertrax is a great lunchbox locker but a locked d35 is just asking for trouble.
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Go for it, you are at an increased risk of breakage, just remember when you are wheeling to not let the rear end bounce, the bounce and grabbing traction breaks axle shafts.

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I have the Powertrax LockRight in my front axle and highly recommend it.
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-11-2014, 08:52 AM
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I have had them in my K5 for 12 years, i have no grabbing or jerking in the rear at all, just clicking! The front i just unlock the hubs and go! Work great on road. Buy it!
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-11-2014, 09:01 AM
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Powertrax lockers like the No-Slip and Lockrite are very good, though I would only install them up front. Your stock rear Dana 35 is not strong enough for a locker, period... despite some saying it's ok if you "take it easy" on it which I consider bad advice. The only way a Dana 35 can be fairly reliable once a locker has been installed into it is by having also installed aftermarket hardened alloy axle shafts. The Dana 35's factory carbon steel axle shafts like to snap once a locker is installed.


Check out this webpage for some Dana 35 breakage photos from having run a locker or too big of a tire... http://www.billhughes.com/dana35c/

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I have had them in my K5 for 12 years, i have no grabbing or jerking in the rear at all, just clicking! The front i just unlock the hubs and go! Work great on road. Buy it!
That's because it's a K5.. In a short wheel base Jeep, it is much more noticeable.

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-11-2014, 09:59 AM
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I have been using PowerTrax for years in my 2001 TJ (with D35) and have over 60K miles on it without any issues. I purchased it back when I was just learning about lockers/Jeep etc.

That said please note that
1) I do mild trail riding enjoying the outdoors; but have done more advanced rides with good ride guides and very easy on the pedal without any issues AND always aware that the D35 is the weak link
2) I have stock wheels running 31" BFG All Terrain tires; Any larger tire I would NOT put in any locker
3) It is installed in the rear, would I do that again? No. would definitely put it in the front

Great product if you know its limitations
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I have been running the Powertrax No Slip Locker in My formerly open Dana. 35 for. 2 or 3 years with no breakage issues so far only running 31" Duratrac's & yes I know 35's are weak but for the super low price I paid for mine used I thought I would chance it I only Trail ride & no rocks in Florida to crawl
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I have the Powertrax LockRight in my front axle and highly recommend it.
Ditto but wouldn't put it in d35.

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post #12 of 12 Old 04-11-2014, 12:47 PM
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Ditto to what Jerry and others have said. I would not put it in the rear. I did put the PowerTrax No-Slip in my front, and it is terrific there. See the write up I did about it, which is in my sig that you can see if you read this on a computer. Highly recommended for the front.

My do-it-yourself install thread for a TrueTrac in the rear, upgraded shafts, and a PowerTrax No-Slip in the front:


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