Trac Lok Performance
Okay, so after peglegging for 15 years in my 95 T-Bird, I decided my 97 would get a Trac-lok. I found a new NOS Ford unit, and had RobertP install it with Ford LSD additive. I broke it in for 500 miles before even attempting to "test" it.
All said and done, I am not happy with it's performance. It works "pretty well" on a steep, wet road, but it's dry performance is miserable. Occasionally, I have to make a sharp, right turn up a steep driveway. With the open diff, it just sat there and spun the right tire. Now, with the Trac-lok, the same fucking thing! Why isn't the left tire helping push the car? I understand I will still get the inside tire squealing, but why is it just spinning thru the clutches?
On a straight, flat road, it will leave two black marks most of the time. But if there is even the slightest crown in the road, it only spins the left, with a little fishtail to let you know the right wheel is still there. It's like it's lifting the left tire.
Which brings me to another issue: when it spins the left tire, it wheelhops. Actually, it wheelhops a little every time I try to spin the tires. Will replacing the original 69k mile LX shocks take care of that? That is the current plan.
This shit is frustrating, I thought the Trac-lok would solve all of my traction woes. Instead, it's just exposing parts that need replaced along with overall miserable dry performance unless I am on a perfectly straight, flat road.
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