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I have just put my runner back together after 2 years, in this time I changed from a Turbo 350 auto to a 5-speed manual. After taking it for a drive today I notice the rear diff has a lot of play. This was not really noticably with the auto.
I know lockright does add some play to the diff, but how much is too much. When I let off the gas at low speed the 4x4 will start bunny hopping and the only way to stop this is to put the clutch in or give it some gas.

So do I have too much play in the diff ??

Chris.

[ 10-05-2001: Message edited by: cbr ]
 

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i think that is normal, my e-z locker did it all the time. the locker gives you a little more drivetrain slop. the auto engaged smoother so you didnt notice it. after a while you should be adjusted to driving with the locker. took me a while.

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sometimes it pisses me off! but then i just think how great it is on the trail and i smile! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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My lock-rite in my 12-bolt had some slop in it too. I could grab the ring gear and move it about an 1/8" or so because the lock-rite didn't completely seat against the cross pin of the carrier. Well after about 500 miles on the rear end the bolt holding the cross pin broke it dropped out causing the rear end to lock up at about 45mph and pretty much destroyed everything in the rear end. I can't be certain the slop in the lock-rite caused the bolt to break...but if you think about it, every time you step on the gas there's going to be a jarring on the cross pin from the lock-rite. This constant hammering of the cross pin could become a possible problem.....just to give you something to think about.
 

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My rear lock-rite has about 1/4 dirveshaft rotation or a little less of 'take-up' before it fully locks both axles, however detroit lockers have aggod bit more than this. The lock-rite was smooth in the front axle, but is much more bang and clunk in the rear axle (same 3rd member, so that's not it). It's just the nature of the beast. The price was right for my lockrite....but nothing is perfect.

Next time I'd just run a steel (not aluminum) spool in the rear and thereby eliminate another source of drrivetrain slop and the carrier and moveing peices that will one day probably self-destruct (with my help of course.) Hehehee. Then it's spool time...but then it's a matter of time before axles start twisting in half...
 

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Sounds about normal to me. Use the clutch when taking a turn and you'll ease it some what. I've heard that the LRs do beat up the cross shaft in the carrier, but mine has seen 175k miles with about 50k w/ the LR.
 

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Originally posted by Nate C:
<STRONG>My rear lock-rite has about 1/4 dirveshaft rotation or a little less of 'take-up' before it fully locks both axles, however detroit lockers have aggod bit more than this. </STRONG>
So your saying detroits have more than a 1/4 turn of slop. Seriously, they don't have this much. Maybe an 1/8 turn

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Originally posted by wes:
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Originally posted by Nate C:
[qb]My rear lock-rite has about 1/4 dirveshaft rotation or a little less of 'take-up' before it fully locks both axles, however detroit lockers have aggod bit more than this. </STRONG>
So your saying detroits have more than a 1/4 turn of slop. Seriously, they don't have this much. Maybe an 1/8 turn

[ 10-05-2001: Message edited by: wes ][/QB]
Well I had a look at the movement in the tailshaft today and it has about 1/8 turn of slop. So this is normal ? I just need to get use to it I guess.

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Originally posted by Nate C:
My rear lock-rite has about 1/4 dirveshaft rotation or a little less of 'take-up' before it fully locks both axles, however detroit lockers have aggod bit more than this.
So your saying detroits have more than a 1/4 turn of slop. Seriously, they don't have this much. Maybe an 1/8 turn
I was approximating from my bad memory...but my friend's detroit definitely has about twice what my lockrite has...but we all live with the trade-offs of locking diffs. Like i said, I'd do a spool next time.
 

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I could go grab the manual but I am lazy I think it said it would have like up to a 1/4 turn on the drive shaft.
 
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