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O.K. so I haven't actually taken my 2000 off road yet. I'm still working on cutting off and repairing the rust and getting it to start every time. But I was looking at the Lock-Right catalog because some day I'm thinking of installing a model 1931 in the rear. I had Lock-Right years ago and I loved it. Guys would tell me that they hated them more than communism, but I never had a problem.

I noticed they also offer a model 1935 for the front of my Chevy (7.2"). Now, before we all get wound up and start yelling "SAS!" or "the IFS front end are as strong as molded jello!", I'm not necessary looking at getting one, but I am wondering. If they're making them, someone out there has to be buying them.

While my initial thought is that the half shafts are too weak to support a locker, I began to think. All of the IFS breaks I've ever seen have been from either some crazy home-made 4" lift with no case drop, or one wheel spinning throttle jocky that punch it and spin - grab - snap.

So the only logic I can figure for installing one of these is that if your like me and you never use the gas (rocks) then you'd stand less of a chance of the diff action shocking your shaft are gears to pieces.

Anyone have any experience with a Blazer stock front locker?

Any thought as to why this product might exist?

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Old 02-06-2011, 10:04 AM
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Now, before we all get wound up and start yelling "SAS!" or "the IFS front end are as strong as molded jello!",
hahahaha, i like that!


funny, i was just talking to my driveline specialist Friday afternoon about this.

and he told me to personally stay away from one, for a few reasons.

they're not very streetable, even if you went with an air locker. but the biggest one is more biological.

i tend to get on the throttle when i'm playing on the trails.


but if i did more crawling, i'd probably install one.
 
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Yea, for sure you wouldn't get far in the deep mud/sand/snow without grenading it. Of course you've got to figure, most mud/sand/snow guys go with a bigger tire even if it's only a little bit bigger than stock. And there's a copious use of throttle petal that's almost required in those environments.

On "the rocks" I'm only running 30"s and almost never get over 2k RPMs. When I say rocks, I'm not talking Volkswagens or anything. What I like is really more like trail riding. It's a mix of mud, rocks, off camber and hill climb stuff and tight windy trails. The big disadvantage I could see to a front locker would be the lack of diff action in a situation where the wheels are turned and your climbing.

It would certainly cost you some street-ability but in two wheel would it still lock? I tend to think that with the front axle disengaged you wouldn't even notice it.

I've found a lot of time that with a rear locker, you really want "2 LO". I've read that you can fool the front shaft into not engaging even when the truck is in "4LO." Anyone know anything about this?

A selectable locker would be way better for the front, but I can't even find one for the rear of my rig (7.625). I'd be open to trying one if it didn't cost me $400. I think if I was going to do that, I'd have some chrome-moly shafts made as well.

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I think I remember reading that the posi-lok will let you have 2 LO. Here's their site: http://www.4x4posi-lok.com/

I think there's even a tutorial on here about making your own posi-lok.
 
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you are correct. on both counts.

you can find the thread discussion HERE


 
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I have a home made posi lock and a lock rite locker(in the rear) and love them both. I have herd that the front can be done but everything will wear out veary fast. Like 2 or 3 idler arms a year, tie rods every 3months and so on and so forth.

I wheel the crap out of my truck, and yes there are times when I wish I was locked in the front. But I would rather have to take a different line up a hill than risk snapping a axle shaft.

Read this thread
http://redneck-up.com/index.php?pageid=Tech_S10FDLR
 
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