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    I have the 2018 prado with factory rear diff lock.

    Is it worth doing a front e locker as the vehicle already has a rear locker?

    Can driveshafts/cvs cope with lockers?

    Does anyone know if the factory diff locks are good bad or average?

  • #2
    I guess you could add a front locker , problem though will be making sure it unlocks when the rear diff unlocks. a simple relay across the rear locker coil will fix that. Toyota driveshafts and CVs are quite large im sure they can handle the stresses while off road. Factory units work well off road , LSDs suck in comparison.

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    • #3
      That depends if the front has traction control whilst the rear diff is locked. Some 4wd's do, some turn it off making the front totally open. If the TC stays on I say leave it and save ya money.
      I'd see how you go offroad first with just a rear locker. Rear is what most people do first anyway.
      2007 GXL V6 - ARB Bullbar with LED lights, snorkel, extractors, 2 1/4" dual exhaust, K&N filter, dimpled/slotted rotors, headrest dvd players, Ebay Satnav/reverse camera, GME 3100TX, Tigerz11 Side awning on custom brackets with Maxtrax mounts, 300W Invertor, ARB Underbody protection, Lightbar and STZ 265/70 tyres.
      Wish list in order I'll get them: Sliders, 2" lift, E-locker, Winch bar with winch.

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      • #4
        yeah but if you were in a situation where you would need the rear locker then you would have traction control disabled anyway??

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        • #5
          does anyone know if the factory diff lock could be hot wired to lock without the factory module & wiring?
          (converting it into another car that doesn't have a rear locker)
          2008 Dune D4D manual GXL update - with lots of fruit !! + Roma Razorback Off Road Van

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          • #6
            the factory locker is just a 12v operated coil so yes i guess you could do that. There is a switch on the side of the diff but that just tells the ECU when the locker has engaged

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Two89w View Post
              I have the 2018 prado with factory rear diff lock.

              Is it worth doing a front e locker as the vehicle already has a rear locker?

              Can driveshafts/cvs cope with lockers?

              Does anyone know if the factory diff locks are good bad or average?
              is this a kakadu with air bag rear suspension? or the coil spring version ??
              2008 Dune D4D manual GXL update - with lots of fruit !! + Roma Razorback Off Road Van

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              • #8
                Hi guys.
                Im looking to buy a new 4x4 and will probably go with a Prado. i have a few questions though.

                The auto model GXL comes with a rear diff lock standard but cant find any info whether it has a lock in the centre diff/transfer case.
                Does anyone know if it does or not?
                and by the sounds of it it has a selector switch to go between 4H and 4L so is there another to activate these diff locks?

                There are lots of beautiful beaches and dunes with soft sand here id like to know its capability.

                Thanks, in the small(ish) town im from they dont even have any new model prados in stock to look at or id satisfy my curiosity myself by test driving and asking questions haha

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                • #9
                  Yes, there is a round selector switch for 4H to 4L and push button switches for the center diff lock and the rear diff lock (seperate switches).

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                  • #10
                    Has anyone here got any recommendations for an e-locker installer in Geelong? (150 2011). Cheers

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