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Detroit Locker

Brand: Detroit

  • Automatic ratcheting locker
  • Maximizes traction by delivering 100% of the torque to both drive wheels
  • Engineered to keep both wheels in a constant drive mode
  • Available for a variety of Jeep axles

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Detroit Locker

Avg. Customer Rating: (7.2 Stars) Average Customer Rating
Number of Reviews: 4 reviews

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Detroit Locker - Reviews

Customer Rating First Locked Front Axle
Date: May 02, 2011
Reviewer: A User from (Tucson, AZ)
I've been four wheeling for the better part of 40 years now. I've always had a full size pick-up or Jeep. None of those vehicles ever had any traction enhancing devices besides a factory limited slip installed in the rear axle. I decided to finally install a Detroit Locker in my '05 Unlimited along with a Detroit Truetrac in front with a gear swap from the stock 3.73's to 4.56's. These mods have made a huge difference in the off road performance of the Jeep. I can idle along in 2HI on trails that always required some speed to make it through or a shift to 4HI. This is the best bang for the buck I could have made. There are some characteristics on pavement that I noticed. When letting the clutch out, you can feel the rear locker engage. Smooth clutch release minimizes this. The rear tires will chirp on tight turns and "coasting" through the turn eliminates this as does staying light on the throttle during the turn. The Truetrac up front is seamless off road. Even with one tire in the air, the tire with traction pulled strong. The 4.56's have allowed the use of 5th and 6th gears again with the manual tranny. The Jeep is powered by the stock 4.0 liter six and runs on 33/12.50 mud tires.
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Customer Rating Cost me a rear axle
Date: Feb 22, 2008
Reviewer: A User from (Crown Point, IN)
Terrible!!! won't put one in my lawn tractor.
On-road it was almost dangerous, when it would locked up it would jerk the jeep sideways and bang, thought that the axle was coming through the floor. Off-road it worked slightly better until I had to back up and take a second run at an obsticle. It unlocked and then locked up suddenly under power. Blew the axle shaft and destroyed itself to a point it took 4 hours to get the center pin out and removed from the housing. Upgrade to ARB air lockers love them
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Customer Rating Kick Ass
Date: Dec 01, 2007
Reviewer: A User from (San Diego.CA)
I am happy with my detroit , I run it in a f150 prerunner and it holds up to mexico and the barstow desert like nothing else in the world, I have had every other type of locker and l.s.d. diff break on my . the detroit id a true winner

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Customer Rating Detroit Lockers Are Awsome
Date: Jan 30, 2007
Reviewer: A User from (Toluca, Mexico)
It has been a while since I installed my Detroit Locker, It is just Tough, It will ALLWAYS deliver the 100% Traction I need when I need it! You can't forget to turn them On/Off and you can still turn!

It's On road manners are definiteley not as good as an open differential,the D-locker will let you know it is there. The backslash incorporated into it's design will make changes from drive to coast harsh, Specially on low speed situations (nothing to worry about).

Curving Low Speed Small Radius: It will behave perfect as well as you DO NOT change from drive to coast or the other way around.

Curving Hi Speed Big Radius: Not even noticiable just a little understeer if you step hard on the gas while changing from coast to drive.

Banging: It does bang probably once every 30 to 50 miles not as loud as I have read, but you will hear it AND feel it! (this is part of the design, again nothing to wory about)

It's design is much tougher than the selectable competitors as it does not have spider gears.

The Detroit Locker is one of the best investments I have done in my Jeep and I would definiteley buy again (I might not need to because it will outlast my jeep!!!, but I might get another jeep jaja)

The Off Road improvement was HUGE

I deffiniteley recommend it to anyone that does serious wheeling. The only reason I didn't give it all the stars is because of its on road manners.
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