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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-19-2003, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Does any one use the E-Z Locker? It looks like a ratcheting mini-spool, and it's cheaper that a full locker. Also, would my 8" be considered an "open", or limited slip? It says that this part will not work in a limited slip. Any advice on this part, or my rear? Thanx...

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Seems like (if memory serves) an E-Z Locker is not recommended for hard use on paved surfaces. If your tires get a good bite, or just one gets a good bite, on initial take-off, the unit may break. In a four-by-four, on dirt, the tires can slip and not over stress the little locker. Your 8" can be either open or limited slip. If it still has the ID tag under one of the center section nuts there will be an 'L' in the ratio designation, such as "3L50" instead of "3 50". Allan
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I've been into Jeep'n for awhile and I have a EZ locker in my Wrangler, and a lot of buddies have run them. They don't seem to hold up in my opinion. I have 33" tires on mine and it is about to quit. I wouldn't recomend it on a car with HP.
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I fyou feel you need a locker set up, go the real locker route. It cost's more, but if you intend to beat on it at all it'll hold up better. I talked to Trac-Tec about the EZ when I was setting up the 9". They did not recommend it for any kind of higher HP or drag race use. Almost strictly 4x4 off road. I popped for the Soft Locker and have been very happy with it.





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i don't see a tag anywhere
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You can also tell if its a open or not by turning the pinion yoke. If both tires spin the same direction, its a trac-lok. If they go in oposite directions, its open (or a really, really worn trac-lok.)
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I'm into 4x4 trucks,
It is a common misconception that 4x4s put less strain on the drivetrain components... but I can assure all of you that the strain is more than an order of magnitude greater than any street car can produce.

While 28 and 30 spline axles are ok for most drag cars, they snap like twigs in a 4x4 truck that is used aggressively.

It's due to the large diameter tires and extra extra low final drive ratios (as low as 1000 to 1) I've seen hundreds of top quality 27, 28, 30, and 31 spline shafts shatter under the power of stock 4, 6, and 8 cylinder engines on trail rigs.

That being said, the Lock-Rites and EZ Lockers just don't hold up. I can see putting one in a stock 4x4 with stock tires, but but nothing more.

The engagement is also somewhat notchy and unpredictable when compared to a Detroit Locker.

Don't waste your $$$ on the cheap lockers... go for a good posi or a full detroit locker, or just stick with the open diff.


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ok. mine is def. an open then. if i put in a full locker, do i have to change anything, since it's not a trac lok?
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Shouldnt have to change anything. The locker should replace your carrier - its the rotating part the ring gear is bolted to. So open or not, your replacing stuff with the locker if you go the detroit route.
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Cool! Thanx for all the great advice...
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