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Differential limited slip or locking differential?

Hi, today it was such a fun day as i when mudding "small scale"...jajajaja!.....and i wasjust driving through this big pond like spot.....it isnt a pond...but i cant explain it......ok......i drove through it thinking that i was goanna make it without using my 4X4 as i like to push my truck to the limit......so i drove fast and wham i didnt make it....then i just stop there and my wheels were spining......

and this is what came to my mind......is there anywhere in the web where a can get a limited slip differential? maybe just a little longer than the factory one......."from drum brake to drum brake i mean"...i would really appreciate your help!!!.....

oooh and by the way.....then i engaged my 4X4 and i got through it...it was fun still.......

any help is appreciated....just giveme your best shot or any opinion...

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    billie ramos May 14, 2009

    thnks alot...man.....it is just that i wanna get real wide and bif tire on my truck.....about 35'...thnks...

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First off,glad you got out of the pond.

Best and most cost effective way is Replace it with a ford 9'' (These can be found everywhere)
Most expensive way is have one made the length you want.(This is done at a drive line shop)



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000 DODGE TRUCKS DURANGO 5.9L 8-cyl Engine Code [Z]
Limited Slip Differential, Rear 8.25-9.25 W/ TT......GL-5* All TEMPS......75W-140
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Limited Slip Differential, Rear 8.25-9.25 W/O TT......GL-5* All TEMPS......75W-90
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