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Ok, so just like the subject states.

Winters here in Utah can get a ton of snow, the roads where I live can go days and sometimes weeks without getting plowed.

The roads and freeways have a lot of inclines and declines with side to side declines as well. When the roads become frozen, or snowy, the driving is very very bad. A lot of fish tailing cars, trucks, Spinning tires, etc.

I can not do a rear full locker or spool for obvious reasons.
Driving with an open diff is difficult enough.

My question is, Would a Detroit TrueTrac help with this at all?
I can not afford, nor do I need/want an ARB locker in the rear.
So please if you have a good knowledge of TrueTracs or comparable units please advise.

I know as far as off road goes they suck balls, but this question just pertains to on-road icy conditions.

Thank you.

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is yours LS or open now?

if it is open, put a spool in for the summer and take it out in the fall :thumbup


:shrug no?
 

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limited slip behaves a lot like a locker on ice.

good snow tires will help a lot to fight the fishtailing and what not
 

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A nice limited slip, imo can do nothing but help in the snow, as they will take power away from the tire that is sliping.

I have a lock-right, been in colorado storms with it a lot and I am very surprised that I did not fish tail all winter. However, driving a 5k pound bronco with a locker in the rear, tells you that you better drive smarter than the person next to you going twice as fast....so it depends a lot on your driving style.

I'm going to go with a arb or electrac at this point, but the locker so far has been great in the snow being soft on the gas, but by no means if you drive like a maniac (not saying you do) don't try it. If you do, I would get a good limited slip.
 

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A nice limited slip, imo can do nothing but help in the snow, as they will take power away from the tire that is sliping.
I agree.

I've been running an Auburn Pro for three years and have had no problems with fishtailing or unpredictable handling. Good traction tires are a must.

Go w/a good LSD.
 

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Jer, the TruTrac is the only limited slip I've ever seen that seemed to do what it was supposed to........and that's saying a lot coming from me 'cause I hate limited slips.

I've seen a Bronco with f&r TruTracs on one of Colo's most difficult trails (read: lots of tire lifting for TTB) and much to my surprise it did *more or less* keep both tires pulling at all times.

Now, it's not nearly as good or as aggresive as a locker, but it does at least seem to "limit slip."
 

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Cool, thanks all.

I am open right now so I may give it a shot.
 

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Thats what I have and my truck is a blast in the snow and ice. We get more ice than snow here. I have never had a single problem. Stand on gas and both tires hookup. No strange handling, Nada, nothing.

Highly recommend an ARB in front too.
 

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i'm going to be putting a LSD in the rear eventually too. i will occasionally do some offroad but mainly it'll be a city & highway rig. i like a quiet ride too, so a locker is out of the question.

does anyone know the characteristics of the different LSD's...eaton, truetrack, auburn, etc... and why to pick one over another for any particular use?
 

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just so you know BeerBro .. I have a LS (stock) in mine and I have to REALLY TRY to spin the ass around on the snow ... take my kid out to bust through snow piles and do donuts and shit and I have to work the peddle to spin the rear around :shrug .. the front end pushes before the rear breaks loose
 

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Damager said:
I have a LS (stock) in mine and I have to REALLY TRY to spin the ass around on the snow ...
Stock? That's a Crap-Lok. That was Ford's optional open diff :goodfinge The option was that the original buyer could pay more off the dealer's lot, and still get a diff that did nothing more than an open unit
 

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:lolup Funny but true...I've got the factory LSD and never even knew it till the gear change...in other words it handled like every other open diff truck I've owned...:shrug
 

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i didn't ask how they work... i understand that. what i'm asking for is characteristics... which one is tighter than the other, what will cause more tire wear, which ones will wear out faster, if at all.

the truetrack is an LSD that uses helical gears instead of clutches... much like a torsen. now how will this affect ride, tire wear, road noise, required maintenance.... etc.
 

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the truetrack is an LSD that uses helical gears instead of clutches... much like a torsen. now how will this affect ride, tire wear, road noise, required maintenance.... etc.
In my experience between open and my truetrac I have noticed no handling quirks, no additional noise and I get great wear from my MTR's. I've run this setup with 33" and 37" Goodyear MTR's.

The only difference is that now both tires hook up.
 

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I have an Eaton Posi rear end. It uses Carbon Fiber clutches for engagement. Guys that have compared it to the Auburn unit that everybody talks about felt that the Eaton was far better because it is rebuildable and has variable spring ratings for the clutches. You can get anythere from 400 - 800 lbs depending on what you wanna do with it. Lots of mustang guys use them and they all swear by them even with 500+ hp going into them.

Something to think about:


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