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Powertrax No Slip for Dana 30

By Chris Shontz
Trail Photos By Greg Hiens

Install the Powertrax
At this point, we're ready to install the Powertrax No-Slip locker into the carrier. This is the easy part. For more detailed information regarding this process, please check out our first Powertrax No-Slip feature in which we install it in the rear axle. You can also read the Powertrax instruction guide online here. The process is nearly identical, but it is easier for two reasons:

  1. We're working on a bench.
  2. No annoying C-Clips to worry about.

The Powertrax No-Slip instructions are extremely detailed. In addition, the assembly is very self-explanatory. Remember to seat the 8 saddle springs in the two drivers! That is an easy step to forget, especially if you're used to installing Lock Right lockers.

The locker is freshly installed in the carrier, and now all we do is reverse the process and put everything back together.
Finally, we got done. As you can see, day turned to night. We ended up doing the install twice because we accidentally pushed in dirt from the axle housing, and it was preventing the locker from operating properly. More incentive to stay out of mud.

It's So Easy!
Let me take a moment to talk about ease of install. I'm sure many of you seasoned gearheads have noticed that I'm not an experienced mechanic. I'll be the first to admit that! Basically, if I can install, uninstall, and re-install these Powertrax lockers in my own vehicle, almost anyone can do it.

On average, I suppose it costs at least $1,200.00 parts and labor for a shop to install automatic lockers that are full carrier replacements, such as a Detroit Locker or ARB Air Locker.

For roughly $700.00 worth of parts, I can install two Powertrax No-Slip lockers myself, and have very functional, reliable, well-mannered, traction devices. You can't beat that with a stick.

I'll let those of you who build rock buggies with 1-ton rigging draw your own conclusions as to what lockers you should buy!

Testing it Out
When the locker was first installed and I drove it around in the parking lot outside the shop in figure eights, every time I initiated a new turn, I'd hear and feel a single noticable "click." I was wary of this at first, fearing something wasn't right.

I then put it in 4-LOW and drove over some nearby rocks set up outside the shop and it climbed nicely.

We determined that the locker was installed correctly and just needed some breaking in. The two hour drive home from the shop was very pleasant and did just that.

The Powertrax No-Slip was invisible, and it remains 99% invisible today, as long as the transfer case is in 2WD. Only an occassional muffled "click" is heard when turns are initiated, but they are heard seldomly.

Hellicopter Pad in Tellico a week after installing the locker. Did it make it up? You bet! Twice!

Lock Right lockers instal in a similar fashion to the Powertrax, yet while in 2WD, a front Lock Right would ratchet noisily as the vehicle turns. With a Powertrax No-Slip Traction System in the front, you might hear a single click, but otherwise it is invisible and feels just like an open differential until you try to use high range 4WD. Then, it is very noticable and almost unpleasant. If you need to use high range 4WD for many months out of the year, then you may want to consider a switchable alternative, such as the ARB Air Locker.

This locker is best suited for trail rigs that double as daily drivers. If your trail rig is a weekender, then you can do just as well by purchasing Lock Rights, which cost about $100.00 less per rear. Both options provide great off-pavement traction, however, the Powertrax is a much smoother operator.

PowertraxBottom Line:
The Powertrax No-Slip Traction System is 99% invisible in the front of the Jeep. In this position it really seems to shine, even more so than the rear position. I'd estimate that it is only 70% invisible in the rear position, due to the rear differential being under load in 2WD, however, it is still very tolerable.

The locker provides excellent lock and off-road traction installed in both positions when driving in low range 4WD. The bottom line is that the Powertrax No-Slip Traction System offers great performance at a reasonable price.

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. Thank you!


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