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afret
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From: Lancaster, CA
Registered: Feb 2003

posted 03-01-2003 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for afret   Click Here to Email afret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a big difference between the soft locker and the regular locker? Is the soft locker a lot more streetable? I know it is supposed to be quieter. Tractec still lists both versions. I was going to try and get a used ones so how could you tell which model it is? Should I even worry about which one I end up with. Thanks.

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svt522
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From: Hampton, Va
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 03-01-2003 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for svt522   Click Here to Email svt522     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've run the orginal Detroit Locker for 16 years. Orginally it was in my 73 Mach1 behind an automatic. I had no complaints with it's street manners. It's currently in my shortbed F100 behind a 5-Speed. At times it can be pretty nasty! Especially when turning into a parking space and you're coasting with the clutch disengaged! I never noticed it acting up behind an automatic. My 2 cents worth!

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1996 SVT Cobra (#522)
1967 F100 w/85 Roller Cam 5.0, 5-Speed, 4.11 Detroit Locker
1973 "Q" Code Mach1, 3/4 Vinyl Top, Fold-Down Rear Seat, A/C

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afret
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From: Lancaster, CA
Registered: Feb 2003

posted 03-01-2003 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for afret   Click Here to Email afret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the input. I guess either one will be ok and that will make it a lot easier to find a used one.

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n2oMike
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From: Spencer, WV
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 03-01-2003 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They both work exactly the same. The 'soft-locker' just has a fiber disk that cushions the gears as they engage together, so it doesn't make as much noise. (the soft locker is what I put in my car) If you want it to lock even tighter, an even stiffer spring is available.

When I got it, they were available for $409 from summit.

http://www.tractech.com/ (manufacturer)

I would also call Randy's Ring and Pinion. They are #1 when it comes to choosing parts, have GREAT tech support, and also have great prices.

http://www.ringpinion.com

Good Luck!

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Mike Burch
66 mustang real street
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10.63 @ 129.3
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afret
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From: Lancaster, CA
Registered: Feb 2003

posted 03-01-2003 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for afret   Click Here to Email afret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Mike. I'll probably just pick up a used one if I can find one for a good price. Otherwise Summit.

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