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Old 02-26-2004, 07:33 PM
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"Locking Diff" vs. Limited Slip (Eaton, etc.)

What is the difference between the two, and is there a durability issue with either? It appears to me that the newer locking units can be used in older 8.5" 10 bolt housings. True or not?

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The lockers do not have clutches, and they tend to make clicking noises when they lock and unlock, like going around a corner. They are however very durable and very rarely give any trouble.

The Eaton unit uses clutches and plates which over time will wear and slip. They are very quite and give good service.

If this is a street driven car with a few drag races once and a while, I would go with the Eaton unit. If you are at the drag strip every weekend thrashing it out, they the locker is what you want.

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Old 02-27-2004, 09:52 AM
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I hope we're on the same wavelength here. My reference is to the locking units in newer vehicles. I believe they are called gov locks. I know Detroit Lockers, etc. make a lot of racket unless they are going straight ahead - but gov locks? What say you?
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Still make some noise but not as much as "Detroit Locker" will.
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Old 02-29-2004, 08:06 PM
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gov locks=junk... (unless you pull a boat )

They are not for racing of any sort just for added traction to help pull something or very light off road...
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