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V8 Thumper
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From: Orange, Ca. United States of America
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 01-03-2002 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just how harsh are they? I've got a FoMoCo 9" traction-loc, but it's only 28 spline I'll run it until something breaks, then I'll (probably) need an alternative. Car is a '65 GT, four speed. More street than strip, that's why I'm hesitant on the locker. Whadda ya think?

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clevelandstyle
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From: Connersville, IN
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 01-03-2002 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for clevelandstyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think lockers are great. The only time you notice it is when you are turning sharp and you get on the gas pretty hard. The rear locks up while in the turn and it is VERY noticable. I really like mine and I do recommend them.

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Ben
Grabber Green '70 Mach I 351C 4V
Robbin Egg Blue '79 Fairmont 351C 4V

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n2oMike
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From: Spencer, WV
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 01-03-2002 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As for the factory traction lock. They are nice and smooth for the street and autocrossing, but are definitely inferior to the DL at the strip. A little more water on one tire than the other results in a "one wheel" burnout... and smoked clutches. As long as you don't go jumping on and off the throttle in and out of turns in the rain, you'll be happy with the detroit locker. As long as you drive like you've got a little sense, road manners won't be a problem.

As for 31 spline axles... Aftermarket Mosers are close to $400 shipped with bearing, long studs and retaining plates installed. Swap meets often produce original 31 spline axles for around $225-$250/pair. I don't know of any other axles that will fit your car, but you're definitely ahead to go 31 spline. Break out the plastic and make it happen. You'd be doing it later on, anyhow.

Good Luck!

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Mike Burch
66 mustang real street
302 4-speed 289 heads
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badazzcougar
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From: Seattle
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 01-04-2002 12:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for badazzcougar   Click Here to Email badazzcougar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When i bought my Cougar it was complete with a 4.56 gear set in the 9 inch with 31 spline currie axles and a new detroit locker. At the strip it worked like a champ but since I spend more than 99 % of the time driving on roads I switched to a 4.10 gear set in a tracloc carrier. Ive still got the 31 splined axes. My impression of the locker and of other locker equipped vehicles Ive owned ( 69 camaro with 4.10 gears in a Dana 60 and TH400 and a SCARY small block chev and a 67 camaro with 3.73 geared Dana 60 behind a chrysler hemi 4 speed and 427... yeah I know ) is that if you are going to go in a straight line or go around corners in a sane manner then the locker cant be beat . Both sides launch the same and its like driving a spooled car. If you drive like I do ie donuts in parking lots and hauling as_ around corners then the locker might not be for you. They are real jerky if you get on it in anything but a straight line. Clutches in traclocs dont last forever but personally i think they are smoother for street driving. I'll probably have to change my clutches this year but I dont want to go back to the locker.

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V8 Thumper
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From: Orange, Ca. United States of America
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 01-04-2002 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys for your input. 31 spline axles are a no-brainer, but on the carrier, I'm back to where I started. Both have their goods and bads, so...


Might as well have one of each...


Anyone run that ARB air locker?(BIG $$$)

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Blu Dawg
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From: Texas
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 01-06-2002 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blu Dawg   Click Here to Email Blu Dawg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My brother is a 4x4guy and he said that the air lockers are not as strong as like a detroit, but you know i don't think anything is as strong as a detroit except a full spool.

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