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To Locker or Not to Locker, that is the Question…
1:12 am
Underwood, WA
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Check out AA transaxle, see the link on this site or ( I don't have any experience with a locker but I have heard they can't be beat in the toughest situations. The option I am going to choose is the Peloquin LSD when I get my tranny rebuilt. It is also available through AA. Do the math (prices on AA website)  and you may decide the LSD is the way to go. I am also planning on installing a decoupler and the VC replacement shaft at the same time. Adding the decoupler and eliminating the VC reduces stress on the drivetrain during everyday street driving and reduces tire wear. I just purchased an '89 syncro hardtop and have been going through it before putting it on the road and selling our current '91 2wd.


The big advantage of the locker and decoupler with the VC replacement shaft is that both rear wheels always turn and at least one of the front wheels. Therefore even if two wheels aren't on the ground at least one wheel will be driving you forward. Due to the stiff suspension and rigid frame and body one wheel can easily have minimal contact with the ground on very uneven terrain.


There is a locker tranny listed on Samba right now. You will also need the vacuum hose, tank, switch, one way valve, acutator, and warning light. Check out vancafe for new parts or Samba (search for syncro) for pricey used parts.


GoWesty and longenterprises sell the decouplers as does AA.


Good luck and have a great surf trip.

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Hey Guys

  Just searched and searched and searched and finally found and purchased a 86 syncro in California (good ones are now impossible to find and those selling are asking alot for rubbish), its a one owner thats an amazingly original van that looks the day it came out the showroom, but not for any longer! Im going to take this van down to Mexico and South America on a surfing surfari, so live out of it im going to fit my westy interior and poptop to it, a 2.5 subaru engine as well as a lift kit suspension and racks.

   Now for the help, being a base and original vehicle it has no diff lockers or decoupler, can you all advise on whats best to fit, im thinking at least a rear locker, im not going to extreme 4WD but will want to drive down the beach and do some mild 4WD, so any input is appreciated. I have the basic understandings of all components, their advantages and dissadvantages so advise from those who have fitted these parts is invaluable, i am practiable about what i want to do and acknowledge that 99% of my vans use will be on tarmac but we all live the offroad dream, but my problem is i want to go searching for waves in remote places so i dont want to get stuck in places where seldom people go, ice only keeps your beer cold for so long, then you start chewing your arm off, well after the tequilla.

  Also does anyone know of these parts for sale or willing to part with them or anywhere where they can bo sourced.

Gracias Amigos


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