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Old 08-06-2010, 01:00 AM   #1
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Question traction-lok

maybe this is a dumb question, but what is a traction-lok and what does it do?...iv never heard of it...
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Re: traction-lok

Basically think of the differential has the two axles being turned by one gear. If its an open differential you can turn one tire independent of the other (if you turn your tire manually while the car is up in the air and the other tire turns opposite then its an open differential)

A traction loc (has many different names same idea just some do it differently) makes both wheels get equal power, wheels will turn the same direction.

When you do a burn out with an open diff car one tire will spin, maybe the second if you get going good enough, but generally one wheel. A tloc will make both wheels spin, its just a boost in traction.
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ok thx
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Re: traction-lok

Very well said Spec. A tlok (what most of us Ford guys say) is a good investment. You can get one along with some taller gears. They will improve traction, launches, acceleration (not hp, but better power distribution throughout the powerband), and of course burnouts

A lot of S197 v6 owners have been looking into GT takeoff rear ends. Sometimes you can find a complete unit with tlok already in. The v8 models come with an 8.8" differential compared to the v6's 7.5", so it's much stronger.

Either way you'll need a tune/tuner to adjust the speedometer.
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Re: traction-lok

Yeah almost everyone calls it POSI which is what GM calls it. You might of heard it by that name. T-LOK is the Ford version or lingo if I may.
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ok...how much would an 8.8 cost?...i really dont have too much money to spend right now...most of it goes to insurance :/
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On GT Take Off they sell a complete 8.8 with either the 3.55s, 3.73s, or 4.10s

Here is a link to the 8.8 with 3.73s
2005-2009 Mustang 8.8" Rear Axle Assembly 3.73:1Ratio w/ABS w/Trac-Loc Pinion Flange For Mustang V6
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Re: traction-lok

yeah...i dont think i can afford that with the installation...would it be better to wait till i can afford that or could i just buy new gears and a tlok?...im not planning on seriously modding this stang, just enough to have some fun
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Yeah you could buy gears and T-lok for the 7.5

RING & PINION GEAR SET 7.5 AXLE

DIFFERENTIAL TRACTION-LOK 7.5 28 SPLINE 1979-2010 - CJ Pony Parts, Inc.

its about 500 bucks for the T-lok with different gears. Now that is with out installation, if you dont know how to install it.
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Oh I forgot you will also need grease and what not if and when you do the swap
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i have no idea how to change the gears and install the tlok...i could follow directions if its easy...would u suggest trying to diy?
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No that is something that (or at least I feel) you shouldn't do if you don't know what your doing. But that is just my opinion.
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thats what i figured
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If you have never done anything with gears/tlok before, then I would not attempt an install. It is a very detailed, sophisticated install that requires near perfect results to prevent whining and grinding or more severe problems. Professionals can even make mistakes when doing this install.

Now I would say that the 8.8" rear would be much easier and probably something you could do yourself. With the 99-04's you could swap a 8.8" rear directly in place...not sure if the +05's are the same.
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hmm choices...
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If you have never done anything with gears/tlok before, then I would not attempt an install. It is a very detailed, sophisticated install that requires near perfect results to prevent whining and grinding or more severe problems. Professionals can even make mistakes when doing this install.

Now I would say that the 8.8" rear would be much easier and probably something you could do yourself. With the 99-04's you could swap a 8.8" rear directly in place...not sure if the +05's are the same.
Yes they bolt right in the only thing you would need to change is the pinion flange so the drive shaft hooks up correctly. But if you buy the rear from NewTakeOff it comes with the pinion flange attached.

My buddy and I installed it in his stang and the install was painless and took a good day. The only thing we didn't do was the tune for the different gears.
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Re: traction-lok

i kinda want to do it myself with the 8.8, but i would probably screw somethin up...
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It bolts in right were the 7.5 is located.
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we'll see. iv never actually worked on a car before, just read a bunch...
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You got any friends that own or work at a garage?
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nope...i live in a relatively small town, and i dont know anybody here that does stang work...there are a couple mustangs in town, but none of them are modded that i kno of...
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They don't need to know how to do "stang work". For instance my Dads friend owns a garage were they fix cars that were in accidents (Body and Mechanical). They work on everything.
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ok. iv only been driving for a few months so i havnt been to any shops yet to know who's any good or not.
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