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    Just been reading an interesting thread from Petri regarding traction aids, and their applications and benefits.

    In the course of that, mention was made of fitting LSD into the front and rear axles of a Defender. I have read that Ashcroft in the UK do these as well as a couple of other companies.

    A significant amount of my work takes me off road, predominantly on worn and washed out rural gravel roads, often with steep river low level bridges and departures, and the corresponding cross axles with ridges and ruts and mitre drains.

    Often I am heavily loaded with staff and or tools and equipment, which does compromise the 'momentum' approach to things. I rarely run out of articulation, but it does get close on occasion.

    The question on this thread is to find out from fellow Defender owners

    a) who has fitted LSD's as opposed to full lockers
    b) what are experiences in an African environment

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    Default Re: Limited Slip Diffs

    I fitted an Ashcroft ATB in the rear of my 90.

    Makes a *world* of difference on gravel roads, it is way more stable.

    Off-road it also helps, but hard to tell how much, although the TC doesn't kick in as often as previously.

    In some crossaxle situations, I now apply less throttle to get through.
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    Default Re: Limited Slip Diffs

    I've got Ashcroft ATB front and back in my Disco 1, Center ATB in my 90 and Locker in my 110DC. All Ashcroft.

    I haven't tested the Disco 1 offroad yet with them so can't report back but for an overlander I reckon it's the way to go but nothing beats full lockers.

    The LT230 on the 90 is nice for reducing backlash but haven't noticed much difference if I'm honest.

    The best improvement offroad will come with a rear locker, end of story.
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    Default Re: Limited Slip Diffs

    I had ARB lockers front and rear in a TD5 HardTop.

    was awesome and SEEMED to me better in the hard stuff than limited slip .

    but thats just my 'feeling'


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    Default Re: Limited Slip Diffs

    I have Ashcroft LSDs’ (ATBs’ to use the correct term) back and front on my TD5 90. The car is my daily driver with a 50/50 mix of on road and off road. I don’t often end up in severe cross axle situations but do drive up and down steep sandy or muddy gradients. The car is way more capable on the steep stuff and care-free on the road.

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    Default Re: Limited Slip Diffs

    An Ashcroft ATB would make any Defender or Disco without TC a pleasure off-road.
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    What about KAM, are they still in business?
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    Default Re: Limited Slip Diffs

    Thanks for all the info guys.

    Life been a bit hectic so haven't been on this forum much...

    I will check the pricing, as I have funds (and daughters) in the UK to link with Ashcroft, but we also often bring equipment in from Cape Town, so I can link that as well...

    Going to be some tradeoff on pricing I guess.
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    2003 Defender 110 Td5 - Bruce
    Ex - 2005 D3 V8. Still in the family in Washington State USA.
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    Default Re: Limited Slip Diffs

    If you fit lsd's fit these that use gearing and not clutch packs , then its like a put it in and forget.
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