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Old 11-02-2006, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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locker vs spool

I'm going to a 14 bolt rear on my YJ. I do daily drive to work in back in the summer. so can I drive on the street with a spool how bad could it be right? Some guys say a detroit is tough on the road also kinda rough. i never drove on the street with one so i could use some input.
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Old 11-02-2006, 09:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Aside from ANY kind of give whatsoever, I love driving and taking corners with my spool. To me, a spool is without a doubt the best kind of "locker" to install, simple and strong.
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yea if you dont mind cutting the life of your tires in half its great.
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Is the locker going to affect tire wear also? I mean I understand the idea of a locker but when is a locker not locked. If it's going to make a ton of noise and wear the tires I'd rather just run the spool. With the weather here i really only drive it about four months of the year a couple times a week since I refuse to put a top (soft or Hard) on my jeep I think I defeats the purpose.
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Is the locker going to affect tire wear also? I mean I understand the idea of a locker but when is a locker not locked. If it's going to make a ton of noise and wear the tires I'd rather just run the spool. With the weather here i really only drive it about four months of the year a couple times a week since I refuse to put a top (soft or Hard) on my jeep I think I defeats the purpose.
with that said, go spool
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lockers do have some give in them unlike spools. my tires dont make hardly any noise on the road with a detroit, now my buddy has his welded and all you haveto do is barly turn the wheel and the tires churp and squeal like crazy.
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Old 11-02-2006, 01:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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spool is definitely the way to go. you always know how the vehicle is going to react unlike a locker when engages and disengages depending if you are applying a load or not. friend had cj-5 with a detroit in rear and around turns if you coasted and then stepped into the throttle it was squirely. spool does the same no matter what. my .02
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I run a spool in my dana 44 rear now, but im going with a detroit in my 14 bolt. because im tired of the spool lean, and my tires not even lasting me a year.
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A spool is the cheap way out (other than a Lincoln Locker). A Detroit is good on long wheelbase vehicles for everyday/everyweather driving. Not so much fun on CJ5 length rigs. You will 'rub' the tires more with the spool increasing their wear.

I'm running ARB's front and rear. Get the bennies of a spool when you want them, and an open dif on the street. For anything other than a pure trail rig, especially short wheel base setups, I'd go with a selectable type locker. JMO.
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A spool is the cheap way out (other than a Lincoln Locker). A Detroit is good on long wheelbase vehicles for everyday/everyweather driving. Not so much fun on CJ5 length rigs. You will 'rub' the tires more with the spool increasing their wear.

I'm running ARB's front and rear. Get the bennies of a spool when you want them, and an open dif on the street. For anything other than a pure trail rig, especially short wheel base setups, I'd go with a selectable type locker. JMO.

X2, I just spooled my rig, but its trail only, won't run anything else in the rear now. For a DD run a locker.
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Old 11-07-2006, 05:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Setting up a spool front and rear in my D44's for my YJ, Just me $.02 Spool is the only way to go
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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a spool is very predictable no give i ran one the only prob is w/ air down tires
you cant turn very sharp i run a eaton elock now love it
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Detroit. The shorter the wheelbase the more noticeable it will be on the street with a Detroit..... I drove my cj5 when it was 94" long on the street with a detroit and had no complaints. Problem I have with a spool is that it NEVER unlocks and really strains the drivetrain....Had a buddy running a spool in a Land Cruiser break a rear axle doing a u-turn on the street. Turning on the trail becomes crappy because it just wants to push, but the plus is that it will never break and is cheap, although Detroits are cheap for a 14 as well

To each their own I guess.
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Im with you on that one. do what you want, like, and are familiar with.
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