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Old 03-23-2016, 01:33 AM
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I have a 09 Tahoe, but I just picked up a 01 Explorer 4x4 from a relative. It is in nice shape but I discovered it doesn't have a limited slip differential. Since I live Minnesota and have to drive in ice snow and mud it would be preferred. With good tires I should get by but I may not make it to some good hunting spots. I could add it but for the cost I would be better off selling it and buying something else. I will see how it goes since Explorers are pretty durable trucks.
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I have a 09 Tahoe, but I just picked up a 01 Explorer 4x4 from a relative. It is in nice shape but I discovered it doesn't have a limited slip differential. Since I live Minnesota and have to drive in ice snow and mud it would be preferred. With good tires I should get by but I may not make it to some good hunting spots. I could add it but for the cost I would be better off selling it and buying something else. I will see how it goes since Explorers are pretty durable trucks.
check out all the axle codes then you could find an axle with l/s in a junk yard pretty easily. it's easier to just swap axles than dig into the diff, imho.
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I have a 09 Tahoe, but I just picked up a 01 Explorer 4x4 from a relative. It is in nice shape but I discovered it doesn't have a limited slip differential. .
I'm sure my opinion is apt to start arguments. Just my own experience. I drove a service vehicle for a John Deere dealership in some of the worse snow and ice conditions possible. That was an International Scout 4WD. I also lived on one of the steepest dirt roads in the USA what was often snow and ice bound for much of the winter. Having a limited slip in the rear was awful. Took them out of every 4WD I had and not having it made them drive much better. I am not claiming they are all the same - but the ones I had were terrible. One in a 1986 k5 diesel Blazer, another in a 1988 GMC diesel 4WD Suburban, one in a 1986 S15 4WD Jimmy and the other in the 1978 IH Scout. Problem was - when going up a slippery hill - if one rear wheel started to spin - the other with more traction would kick in. That would often make the vehicle start to spin on that wheel and then try to walk off the road sideways. Every vehicle I had with a posi-rear did the same in those conditions. Flat roads it worked fine. In the end -as far as being able to get into the worst areas - I did better with an open-diff. I wouldn't mind having one that I could turn off or on with a switch - like John Deere has in its log skidders. But I never want one with clutches that engages by itself.
Like I said just my experience on hills. My S15 Jimmy 4WD - even when creeping in low range would just walk off the road sideways when I hit a real icy patch. Once I took out the locking diff - it went up just fine. Wheels slipped a bit - alternating sides but the rig kept going straight ahead.
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I'd, what you speak of has happened to me once on glare ice in a Jeep with a full locking rear diff. I can see where that might happen but in my 50 years of driving all types of vehicles in Minnesota, hundred of thousand of miles it has not been an issue. Roads here a generally level because of the winters and most trails are not on side hills because of not only ice and snow but we have a lot of mud and swampy areas too.
Also the posi diffs have some play compared to a full locker and work better for me. When I first started driving in the fifties we did not have posi, or 4x4. The roads were much worse too. Posi and 4x4 were were a great improvement. Back then the back roads were ice covered from mid November to April, and muddy until ice out. Even 4x4's without posi got stuck. I learned to drive on a tractor with wheel brakes. I was also an expert driver in the Army trans Corps. I lead convoys in ice and snow in Germany and deep, sand and mud in Nam. What works best depends on what you have to deal with. You have a tough job and glad you know what works for you.
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Bare bones 97 Tahoe model K10516.
Things change. Tahoe got totaled the week of Christmas so this is her replacement. Not that much of a fan of full time AWD...or all the gadgets...but I do like the 6.0L and the fact that it has 64,000 original miles.
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Things change. Tahoe got totaled the week of Christmas so this is her replacement. Not that much of a fan of full time AWD...or all the gadgets...but I do like the 6.0L and the fact that it has 64,000 original miles.
Hope nobody got hurt. My ex has a 05 Tahoe with 200k+ miles and it's still going strong. I've been happy with my 15 year old Silverado but hardly use the 4-by since leaving snow country.

Nice replacement!
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And a 90 K5 Blazer with 6" suspension on 36 swampers motor is a 502 BB and a 4L80 trans, factory 6 lug but I have 1 ton running gear with 456's ready to swap in
Blazer is a toy and Tahoe is for grocery gettin.
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I had a Lib CRD with a GDE tune and mods and it would not get near that mileage. Real world mileage for a stock CRD tuned up is around 30 highway (see the LOST Jeeps site) Of course, you have to factor in that it only runs for about 300 days a year when it is not in the shop, broke down, waiting for parts from Italy, etc. I would not recommend a CRD for a primary vehicle, you will not save money as the cost of maintenance and repairs is way higher than the fuel savings. I could not recommend it as a BOV either, it is too complex and fragile. It is a good second vehicle for a diesel enthusiast / tinkerer.

Ive gotten 40+ three separate times on road trips! While I wont dispute your claims, over 120,000 miles and NEVER been in the shop! She's not stock. I killed the EGR immediatley and have had other things helping the engine run clean.
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My daily. As you can see I put it though it's paces. Bought 5 Cooper Discoverer ATP tires. Then a full size spare wheel and ditched the donut a couple of weeks after I picked it up. Pretty capable as it surprised me. Would like to give her a lift 2.5-3" in future with bigger tires.

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