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Old 07-06-2005
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I think my Lock-Right is going south...

For the past month or so the Lock-Right I installed has been acting up more and more. It started out just by giving out a clunk or two every other day while I would be driving in a straight line. But this past week it has gotten much worse, every single time I accelerate the rear end will clunk and jump like 4-6 times, even under very light throttle pressure. If I give it a lot of gas it makes a painfully loud clunk followed by the tires chirping. So I've been driving my moms car for the past week, and I've finally got some time today to take a look at it. With the way it's been acting, it looks like I may be going back to an open diff today...

Pics of what I find will come at the end of the day...
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Old 07-06-2005
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The lock right is known for being noisier than the no-slip version by the same company. Don't know of any reports of it becoming worse though.

The problem could be one of those little springs that go between the two half sections. I'd make sure they are properly in place.

I guess you're sure your fluid level is okay?

Sorry you're having this problem -- overall they're pretty reliable from what I've observed.
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ever change your diff fluid after running through water at river ramch.....
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The fluid was fine, there was no water in it...

The passenger side driver/coupler does not want to disengage as easily as the drivers side, and when it actually does disengage it will suddenly lock up while I spin the passenger side tire freely.

I got everything out, and all of the parts look brand new except for the pinion shaft. There are a few (for lack of a better term) dents/gouges on it. I think the shaft was causing the problem because I used the stock shaft instead of the powertrax shaft, because I couldnt get the powertrax shaft to fit when I first installed it...

Im gunna go back out and try to install everything again with the powertrax shaft, and if it's still acting up I'm just going to put the spider gears in and call it a day... :(
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i hope everything works out for ya man..

do try to take pics, as adding a locker is something i def. may consider...

how does it drive with the lock in there? anything (besides the bad sounds) can u tell me about it? just the locked expirence i guess...
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My friend has a locker that doesn't come unlocked on corners. Once or twice he's been very lucky, as his truck has done a 180 in places with lots of cars. BUT! His truck is one of those old yodas, lifted 12 inches, on 36s, with a 350 under the hood, a lil bit diff from a ranger.

Aaron
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I took everything out and re-installed the locker with the Powertrax pinion shaft. IT WORKED! NO MORE CLUNKING! I can enjoy myself when i drive my truck now, lol...

Here are some pics of the beat up stock pinion shaft, I circled the gouges in green...






The locker installed
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Ok Owen, no more scaring me like that. I just put my Lock Right in a few weeks ago. My first thoughts were that I was going to have to go back to an open soon! But after reading your edit, I sure am glad I used the shaft that came with the Lock Right! "Whew!" Glad it turned out ok for you!
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i want one bad!!!
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Man I am glad all is going well for you now!
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