Re: Traction control?
Posted by Pugsly on August 09, 2003 at 09:03:28:
In Reply to: Re: Traction control? posted by Rodney King on August 09, 2003 at 08:32:14:
Well, it depends on the application - and I'm not sure that ETC is any less expensive than diff locks, when you look at the complexity of the systems.
soft lockers and hard lockers both have advantages and disadvantages, depending on the situation. soft lockers are certainly more forgiving / less stressful on the drivetrain than air lockers. You need some pretty specific knowledge and experience to use axle-lockup differentials without causing real damage to your vehicle.
So since axle diff locks in a production vehicle really are not a realistic option, more and more manufacturers are following the LR lead in implementing soft lock technology.
I have an ETC system in one of my vehicles, and CDL and rear locker in the other. They both travel really well, but require different techniques and lines. Since ARB underwrote the cost of my locker, I would be the last one to complain or debate the ultimate effectiveness of an air locker in the right hands!