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#1103578 - 06/29/17 07:46 PM Differential lockers experienc  
jckiasportage  Offline
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For the last two or three weeks I was researching about pros & cons of differential locking. In order to complete my research, I was thinking that it would be very valuable to have some experience of users of kias 1st generation regarding the use of such systems...

I heard about some sportage owners using total locking (as Kaiser lockers), and other ones using LDS locking systems (as Track Finder Lockers -TF Lockers or EATON 19519-010 positraction...), inclusive some others uses a mix of total and LSD lockers, or a mix of total/LSD and open... Could you please comment your experience?

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#1103579 - 06/29/17 10:30 PM Re: Differential lockers experienc [Re: jckiasportage]  
4x4Wire  Offline

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Have you searched the TrailTalk archives for that information??

The subject of lockers does recur on a regular basis and there are a number of opinions and experiences with LSD, welded gears and full lockers.

While it may not reflect the specific brand, there is good info about how locking diffs perform in different situations.

In general, use LSD on axles that with the steering mechanism and full lockers on the main drive axle.

Keep in mind, a locker will put equal torque to both wheels on the axle. Most times it is a benefit. Periodically, it can be a detriment.

#1103832 - 09/14/17 01:48 AM Re: Differential lockers experienc [Re: jckiasportage]  
Everet  Offline
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Trackfinders are lockers.
The only clutch LSD for the rear is stock Kia.
I think there is a place in Brazil that sells a KAAS type for about what the car is worth.

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