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Old 05-05-2003, 23:48   #1 (permalink)
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Spool in a daily driver

Anyone driving around with one? Is it hard to live with? I've heard it kills ur suspension and makes ur car hard to turn. Anyone recommend it?

Reason I ask is my stupid LSD is close to crapping itself after a whole 1 year of service. Prolly something to do with the short (30m) run in period.
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Old 05-06-2003, 01:45   #2 (permalink)
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MMM.......understeer becomes a pain, tyres get worn something chronic....totally dangerous in the rain.....

But

Skids look mad, doughies done on a dime, and even though your ass will be sliding all over the shop in the rain, its hell fun before you crash!!!!
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its hell fun before you crash!!!!
Heh, I hope that wasn't talking from experience..

Skids, ass sliding in rain, doughies on a dime... Woohoo!

How bad is the understeer? Do u get it everywhere? That's the last thing I'd expect and want.

And on the technical side, is there a way to weld up an open centre so it just locks and acts like a spool? I'd imagine u just weld everything to everything in there but I can't seem to get the centre housing open.
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ummmm yep i seen (and been) in a coupla cars where the spool has made things more than hairy the rain....

Welding your diff is another option, but it flogs the guts out of the diff and things can go bang quite spectacularly......

yes, understeer at low speeds is shocking, ever seen commodores that are always chirping at low speeds? its cos its either welded, or has a locker
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What about a mechanical diff, or a Detroit locker?
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Don't fit a Spool in a Road Car, put a Limited Slip Unit in, if that still isn't enough, a Detroit Locker should be the Ducks Guts.
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its piss easy to weld up your diff all you do is just weld up the cluster gears and thats it couple of my mates have em in gemini 5spds in a runaround cars and theyre a bit of a bitch too park i've seen em snap axles in the wet theyre mad fun come too epping on a wet night and see what we get up too.
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I have driven 2 cars with spools.. and have been in quite a few cars with them.
IMO.. there not as bad as everyone makes the out to be if the right person is behind the wheel.

If you run stock rubber on the rear (15") with 28SP axels, you should not snap any axels.

Wielding up the diff will work fine if its done properly.... it will be the same as a mini spool.

As for tyre wear, if your constantly one to do burnouts, I doubt this would be an issue.

Probably the worst thing about them would be tight turns and parking.

But remember, a hard tranny shift on a slight bend in the wet can send the thing sideways.. so you gotta be careful.

I would probably suggest keeping it off daily driven cars, but if you donít drive it much.. its not so bad.

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its piss easy to weld up your diff all you do is just weld up the cluster gears and thats it couple of my mates have em in gemini 5spds in a runaround cars and theyre a bit of a bitch too park i've seen em snap axles in the wet theyre mad fun come too epping on a wet night and see what we get up too.
Snapping Axles is no fun as you will loose the wheel unless you have Full Floating Hubs. Very dangerous actually.
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If I had a Detroit locker in a street car, and I flattened it in the wet, would the car one-wheel at all ie before the locker 'locks', or would it instantly spin both wheels? And what is a Detroit locker like to drive slowly, does it chatter going around roundabouts slowly?
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