View Full Version : Detroit Locker Question

07-26-2006, 02:30 AM
I was wondering the difference from a regular Detroit to a Detroit soft locker? Looking at getting one on ebay, everyones saying there alot of money so is $550cad a good price?

Just wondering the difference between them?

07-26-2006, 02:41 AM
A soft locker is just a modified version of the original detroit locker I believe they changed the shape of the teeth and the springs in the original detroit so it wouldn't be as noisey and as harsh engaging as the original.

07-26-2006, 02:56 AM
so would it be better to get the soft locker? is there a big difference.

I do know it's 30 spline if that matters at all.

thanks Mikey [cheers]

07-26-2006, 06:19 AM
Isn't the soft locker a lunch box style?

Growly Gorilla
07-26-2006, 07:26 AM
pretty sure it is,the original detroit replaced the carrier.cept in the 14bff.

m j
07-26-2006, 07:32 AM
soft locker replaced the old style
added a spring to soften the reengagement crunching sounds
what dif?
most are worth $500usd or so new

07-26-2006, 08:41 AM
Isn't the soft locker a lunch box style?
that was my understanding too. and the regular detriot is a full carrier locker

07-26-2006, 08:44 AM
soft locker = EZ locker??....I was told it's a lunchbox, get the real Detroit.

In The Zone
07-26-2006, 09:03 AM
depends on the diff soft replaces your internals uses your carrier

full detroit again depending on application full carrier like c-clip types...

ii can check the documentation that came with mine but that was my understanding

2 types one just the internals replaced like spiders and sidegears act...

the full detroit ships ready toinstall once bearings are pressed on..

and ya that is a wicked price i paid 560 us inc mater install kit.

07-26-2006, 09:08 AM
Detroit SL is the 'real' locker, it is just the latest version.


07-26-2006, 09:11 AM
yeah I see that now, confused by the name....had to order the Detroit for my 8.8 and thought he might of meant the EZ locker.[cheers]

550 canadian is a steal Reese.

07-26-2006, 09:22 AM
as MJ said the soft locker is a regular detroit full carrier (unless 14 bolt,or split case 70 etc) etc but with dampening springs , pretty much if not all the detroits made for the toyota 8 or other non industrial applications would be soft lockers.
Eaton bought out Trachtech so now they are made by Eaton

m j
07-26-2006, 10:19 AM
I don't know if they are made by Eaton yet.
when I was at SEMA talking to the Eaton rep they were still being made in Ireland
Eaton's online literature was/is second to none and their distribution network is enormous, all great news for us that they bought Detroit.

07-26-2006, 11:18 AM
the Soft locker is NOT a lunchbox locker it is the latest version of the original Detroit locker. The Detroit EZ locker is their version of a lunchbox locker.

I believe Eaton now has Detroit/Trac Tech if you call Detroit/Trac Tech you get the Eaton office.

07-26-2006, 11:37 AM
just use crazy glue mate its a Toy after all

In The Zone
07-26-2006, 12:16 PM
that is truly confusing so what would a lunch box locker be?

just the guts and oem carrier?

07-26-2006, 12:44 PM
Yes the "lunchbox lockers" are the lockers that replace your spider gears in your original open carrier such as the Lock Rites, Aussie locker, EZ locker

07-26-2006, 01:02 PM
Thanks guys [cheers]

was just unsure cause I always see a detroit soft locker and a full detroit and it was a bit confusing. at least it's the full detroit and not no ez-locker bs.

This it what I'm trying to get right now I know most of the bidding is at the end but at least if I do win I don't have to pay duty[36] [36] [36] [36]


In The Zone
07-26-2006, 01:04 PM
thanks For the clarification u rock........

07-26-2006, 01:33 PM
Reece, if you are looking to order one up from the states, I am as well. We could do a buy from a company maybe.

07-26-2006, 01:35 PM
your bi??

07-26-2006, 01:44 PM
Reece, if you are looking to order one up from the states, I am as well. We could do a buy from a company maybe.

On ebay there $550 cad. I can get them shipped to my broker in blaine and it will save the duty(hopefully) thats the max price they go for on here.

If I do end up winning this one, I will hook you up with all the details if you like[cheers]

07-26-2006, 01:49 PM
These are the ones I found on ebay, of course the bottom 2 are the ones we want. I've been watching these 2 sellers for 6months now. prices and everything doesn't change at all.


07-26-2006, 02:10 PM
I remember trail-gear having a very good price on them as well. Might be a bit more (keep in mind shipping is also free, so thats a decent savings), but at least if you got warrenty issues you'll have a real company to deal with rather than some ebay seller.

07-26-2006, 02:16 PM
The detroits $495us at trail gear so the price isn't all that bad. just want to kinda stay away of getting raped by customs.


07-26-2006, 02:20 PM
I can get one for $710 (taxes in) from a buddy @ EBI

07-26-2006, 02:28 PM
That a good deal up here, but still buying from trail gear or even marlin(ame price) we would save money. Would your buddy give us a better deal if we got 2?

07-26-2006, 02:30 PM
I could ask.

07-26-2006, 02:36 PM
you should ask, or u can wait until after that auction is over that I'm bidding on

07-26-2006, 05:11 PM
get the real detroit

07-26-2006, 05:13 PM
if u read that is the real detroit

m j
07-26-2006, 06:17 PM
are you certain there is duty on a detroit?
check the country of origin

07-26-2006, 09:23 PM
theres duty on all products being bought outside of Canada I thought?

07-26-2006, 09:28 PM
no, just GST & PST if its made in the usa, canada or mexico. If its made overseas you will have to pay duty, GST & PST

altho truck parts they never usualy check so i just say its made in the usa

m j
07-26-2006, 10:15 PM
if you use UPS or Fedex you will be nailed a BROKERAGE FEE of about $50 (on a shipment worth $500cdn) plus the GST and PST but no actual duty.
Duty on North American made auto parts has been 0% for over a decade now.

07-26-2006, 10:44 PM
UPS brokerage fees vary a lot. I've seen up to $50 on a $160 US made part[16]

Trevyota had $300 worth of stuff from Marlin and got dinged $98 in brokerage & gst/pst

07-26-2006, 10:47 PM
I havn't had that much problems. the big stuff I send Sue down there and she just puts on a nice smile and gets away with it

07-26-2006, 10:48 PM
we're talking aboiut if you get ups to ship the satuff to your door. Using a broker is the best way to go

07-26-2006, 10:50 PM
jsut got a phone for $200us and paid about $20. I hate useing UPS I've been screwed over so many times by them drives me nuts when the company ships with them

07-27-2006, 12:19 PM
Fuck ya just won a full detroit on ebay for $350 cad, guy lives in st johns so shippings going to be cheap[36] [36] [36] [36] [36] [36]

In The Zone
07-27-2006, 12:44 PM
Good Job ReesE

u will love it....

07-27-2006, 12:46 PM
can i have it

find me a selectible bitch

07-27-2006, 12:49 PM
shit ya, a detroit longs and hub gears and shit for under $1300 fuck ya

07-27-2006, 12:50 PM
I'm just shocked no one bid on the thing. like WOW aussie lockers on ebay go for that price

07-27-2006, 12:51 PM
is it in yet

and find me a bellhousing bitch

07-27-2006, 12:56 PM
get to work. you find your own shit lazy ass

07-27-2006, 12:58 PM
i have to work not just hold down a couch

07-27-2006, 01:02 PM
Fuck ya just won a full detroit on ebay for $350 cad, guy lives in st johns so shippings going to be cheap[36] [36] [36] [36] [36] [36]

your going to love it man
i am so glad i have mine
i would be buggered if i didnt

07-27-2006, 01:04 PM
Yep you telling me, I need to lock the front bad. I hate that feel of you can't make it up some where but you can feel and know if u were locked front you would have no problems

07-27-2006, 01:07 PM
now youll roll it even more

07-27-2006, 01:08 PM
and the problem with that is?

07-27-2006, 01:09 PM
who said that was a problem

07-27-2006, 02:51 PM
Yep you telling me, I need to lock the front bad. I hate that feel of you can't make it up some where but you can feel and know if u were locked front you would have no problems


2-3 MONTHS NOW??[f] [15] [15] [15] [15] [15] [15]

07-27-2006, 02:53 PM
nope ummmmm about 6 weeks. but give me a breakk I was in moab

07-27-2006, 02:54 PM
baa can i borow your truck it told me it misses dirt

07-27-2006, 02:55 PM
yep sure, you can see whats wrong with my hydro assist and line lock

07-27-2006, 03:11 PM
whats wrong with them

07-27-2006, 03:13 PM
if you wanna find any week spots, let me drive it. I can blow up a truck no probs, even on just a loggong road.

07-27-2006, 03:15 PM
hey thats my specialty too

07-27-2006, 03:19 PM
whats wrong with them

line lock still blowing fuses and I swear the hydros not working

07-27-2006, 04:30 PM
well bringer out fri or sat ill take a looky

07-27-2006, 05:18 PM
come to my place got a 26 of crown sitting here for ya[f]