Originally Posted by RazorsEDGE
I can understand where you're coming from about getting the truck up and running ASAP. If getting your truck back on the road ASAP was your main concern than the Ford unit will certainly accomplish that, and at a lower initial cost. Although in the long run it will probably cost you just as much as the detroit or other gear driven unit.
The Detroit tru-trac (not trueloc) is a far superior unit than the for trac lok, and is much more reliable......don't know where you heard the Detroit is not a reliable unit. It is not a locker, it is a gear driven limited slip, very similar in function and design to your factory Zexel Torsen unit. These units have no parts to wear out like the ford trac lok units do. After a fair amount of mileage the ford trac lok unit will effectively become an open differential and need to be rebuilt, similar to the Auburn unit. The Detroit and torsen units do not suffer from this.
I'm not trying to give you hell or nothing, I was just curious as to why you picked the trac-lok
No, I completely understand. No worries whatsoever. Getting it back on the road was, and still is the main concern, and to be honest, I don't plan on doing much with the truck off road from here on out. One, it's too valuable still to beat up on the trail, and 2, I still owe on it and don't want to be doing much with it for that reason.
I thought about the Torsen again, but after seeing how it split and how it was constructed, I really didn't feel comfortable with it... personal preference.
I'm a huge fan of the Detroits, just not the L/S. Again, personal preference. Lockerwise though, they are and have always been my first choice... you can't destroy 'em! By the time the Trac Loc goes, I should be in a place where I can retire the Ranger to the toy truck status... by then it'll have well over 200,000 miles on it, be 11 years old (if I continue the 10-12,000 miles a year) and not have much value then.
As of now, here's how my build is looking. Ford Trac Loc L/S, Yukon 4.11's, and Explorer 31 spline 8.8 axle shafts. Hopefully it'll be a solid rear end for the next few years.