Originally Posted by larrie
Originally Posted by pjpvi
I have no desire to have true lockers in my van.
For this 2wd guy, can you explain why you prefer a limited slip vs true lockers? Thanks.
Up front it allows you to steer. Lighter rigs slip the tires easier so it often doesn't matter as much. Full size rigs simply have too much weight up front. Some guys add a hydraulic steering ram as a workaround.
For some uses, it's better in the rear too. In snow, a locker that's locked pretty much just causes the rear end to follow gravity, but the only other mode (for most) is unlocked, and 1-wheel-drive often won't get you anywhere. Limited slip seems to give you just enough extra traction in snow, without the rig constantly trying to swap ends on you.
For rock crawling, a locker is superior since applying full torque to one wheel is mandatory at times. Most limited slips won't apply that much torque, and those that will (TruTrac) needs even a little torque applied to the free-wheel to get things engaged. Luckily, just a little brake torque is all that's needed.
Standard clutch-based limited slips cannot apply full torque one wheel.