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Old 06-02-2006, 11:24 PM
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Is a Detroit locker streetable?

I'm building a 1700 LB trackroadster style rod using a Winters quickchange that has a Detroit locker in it. Does anyone have experience with these on the street? It about six months from being ready .... I'd rather change it now than wait until it's ready to go.

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Old 06-03-2006, 02:30 AM
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A friend of mine had a Detroit in his Jeep Wrangler, it was very squirrely in the rain since it was so light and had 33x12.50" tires. When he turned corners under power the thing would have massive understeer until the locker disengaged with a loud ratcheting/clunk sound then the whole Jeep would jerk into the corner. It takes a little getting used to. I have a locker in my Blazer as well, longer wheelbase vehicles dont seem to be affected as much. In fact, I hardly notice mine any more.
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You probably won't like it in a light vehicle, on the street. Tire squeal and noise.. BUT, then us old guys were raised on tire squeal and noise!!
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I remember "back in the day", one of the guys that cruised Central here in Phoenix had a killer big block Mustang with a 4speed and locker. Used to hear him turn corners hearing the click,,,click,,,click,,,click. Worked great until you try to nail it while still turning, you get launched in the direction of the rear wheels, not the front! LOL Kinda scary sometimes.
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you get launched in the direction of the rear wheels, not the front!
That happened to a guy I know. He floored it on the freeway in a turn in his camaro and went straight into the wall.
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Those situations you're talking about would happen with a spool as well, there are some VERY tight limited slips out there that darn near lock the axles together as well. It's not just lockers that can cause that...
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I remember "back in the day", one of the guys that cruised Central here in Phoenix had a killer big block Mustang with a 4speed and locker. Used to hear him turn corners hearing the click,,,click,,,click,,,click. Worked great until you try to nail it while still turning, you get launched in the direction of the rear wheels, not the front! LOL Kinda scary sometimes.

Some will counter and say that lockers are OK and that once you learn how to drive them that they are OK to live with.

So are Rotweillers until they unexpectedly go beserk just one time and try to kill some little kid.
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Some will counter and say that lockers are OK and that once you learn how to drive them that they are OK to live with.

So are Rotweillers until they unexpectedly go beserk just one time and try to kill some little kid.
lol...

I have driven some trucks (no cars) with lockers and I have the back end of my 71K5 welded up solid.

I much prefer the welded diff. It is very consistent...the tires always chirp around corners and it feels the same on the throttle or off. There is no clunking, worrying about when you can get on the throttle...just always chirping the tires
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lol...

I have driven some trucks (no cars) with lockers and I have the back end of my 71K5 welded up solid.

I much prefer the welded diff. It is very consistent...the tires always chirp around corners and it feels the same on the throttle or off. There is no clunking, worrying about when you can get on the throttle...just always chirping the tires

I ended up in somebody's front yard one night..... drove into sprinkling rain about 100 ft, and it went straight off at 30 mph..... been around that corner 100 times in the dry... "rottweillers"
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