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Whats the best type of l/s to buy?

Hey guys looking to put a l/s in my 98 . She 7.5 3.73 and i want somthin there to help when im offroading or towing.(not that i offroad much) price vs function?
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gear driven
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how much money were you looking to spend?

You could get a selectable locker. Like the Ected it is a L/S that when turned on is a locker.
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The only thing about the ECTED is that it's a clutch type unit and will need to be rebuilt sometime down the road.
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The only thing about the ECTED is that it's a clutch type unit and will need to be rebuilt sometime down the road.

so is a factory LS
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what about swapping in a explorer 8.8 with the l/s
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Get a Detroit Tru-Trac.

It's gear driven. It will not wear out over time like the Auburn, Eaton, & factory Trac-Loc. The Tru-Trac doesn't need any fiction modifiers added to the gear oil like the clutch-style limited slips.

I had an Auburn Limited Slip up until recently when it died on me. It was aggressive as hell for about the first 50k miles. The last 30K or so was not real good- one wheel peeling a lot. But the really bad thing about Auburn's limied slip is that is non-rebuildable. Once all the friction material is gone, you're back to the one-tire-fire.

At least the Eaton limited slip is rebuildable with plate style clutches in the carrier. The factory Trac-Loc is the same basic design. I can't comment on how aggressive the Eaton is, and the Trac-Loc can't be too tight or else people would complain that their truck is chirping tires around corners.

My Auburn did this bad, but I liked how it hooked up off-road for the most part. Really aggressive limited slips have basically all the drabacks of a locker on the road (chirping tires, terrible low speed steering in snow) and all the drawbacks of a open off-road (free-spinning tires off camber, decresed traction).


If you're stuck on getting a limited slip, get the Detroit Tru-Trac and forget about it. It'll spin both wheels some of the time.

If you are at all worried it won't give you enough traction, go straight for a real positive locking differential (like a Lock-Rite, No-Slip, No-Spin, ect.)
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I only recommended the ected because off the locker capability. If the L/S wears out he would still have the locker capability.
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What does a selectable locker run in price? I dont off road much so im not sure the price would justify the use. I just want a little help when i do go lol
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I wonder how well the locking function of the ECTED works after the limited slip function has become worn?

Some people have said the ECTED is a tight limited slip that gets even tighter when you activate the locking mechanism...ie there is no positive locking to it?

Whatever the case, I wish I had one. They look really nice.
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as far as a limited slip, i would recommend the Torsen limited slip.....they now have them in a 28 spline version.........granted they are as much as a locker, but they are very strong and are gear type...
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Does anyone have experence with the ford racing Traction Lok? How fast does it wear
? how much to rebuild?
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What about Powertrax Lock-Right Lockers
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as far as rebuilding them, it is just a matter of buying the clutches and plates, and then your time to do it..........it could be rebuilt in a couple hours.....including pulling it out of the truck...
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So are Powertrax Lock-Right Lockers are actual "lockers" not a renamed posi? because the price on them is not a hole lot more than a ford racing Traction Lok
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Yeah, the Lock-Rite is a real locker. It will never let a wheel stop spinning unless the thing breaks.

The reason it is comparable in price is because it is a "lunch-box locker." It replaces the side and spider gears in your existing open differential case. You shouldn't even have to remove the carrier from the truck to install it, saving money.

Remember, if you can't set up a ring and pinion, you should budget an additional $150-200 for installation of the new limited slip carrier (because they all replace you're open carrier.) Some lockers also replace the carrier like the legendary Detroit Locker aka No-Spin.
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The reason it is comparable in price is because it is a "lunch-box locker." It replaces the side and spider gears in your existing open differential case. You shouldn't even have to remove the carrier from the truck to install it, saving money.
So have you heard anything bad about the powertrax? or the Lock-Rite ?
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By far the Detriot True Trac!
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A 98 v6 4x4 with a 7.5? Is that possible?
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Some people have said the ECTED is a tight limited slip that gets even tighter when you activate the locking mechanism...ie there is no positive locking to it?
This is true. If the friction coating is completely gone, the locking capability should be dramatically reduced.

A powertrax no-slip will give you LOCKING, not limited slip, and a quiet, near-rachet-less street operation. Going with a lock-rite would be cheaper, but a little louder. If you're dead-set on a limited slip, a gear-driven one like the Detroit true-trac or a Torsen unit will be your best bet. A torsen costs in the range of $400 I think. A lock-rite is in the $250 range.
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I had a lock right in my 7.5. My brother and I installed it ourselves without removing the gears. Had to grind some off of one of the teeth (doesn't affect anything) to get it in.
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A 98 v6 4x4 with a 7.5? Is that possible?
yes alot of 3.0s came with the 7.5
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I like the idea of easy to install with a lock-rite and the price is great. This might be the way to go.
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So have you heard anything bad about the powertrax? or the Lock-Rite ?
Powertrax, lasted.. 2 weeks. Auburn.. wasted it in Detroit, had to limp home through Canada. Neither were reliable for me.

I use and Eaton now, seems very reliable. 20,000miles of severe abuse on the street, hasn't flinched on me yet.
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just so you know, you will have to change your driving style with a full time locker like the lock right

you should not accelerate through turns, also driving in the rain can get a little tricky
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