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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-10-2017, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Diff lock question

I want to be able to switch in and out of 4 wheel drive. I will need the Wide Open/Warn 424 Switchout. Found that.
Where do I pick up a diff locker though so I'm running 4 wheels locked and not limited slip which I hate.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-10-2017, 11:01 AM
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I would try ebay, you can find almost exactly what your looking for there for cheap most of the time.
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I have been on Ebay all morning. No luck.
Guess I should say this differently. There is a spool locker. WHich from other threads I have read, there are different types of locker? So I suppose I should ask the question, what's the difference??

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ok not to be a smart A$$, but what atv are you trying to find the 424 for, and what yr, maybe someone here can help you find what you want??
but a little hard NOT knowing what atv your looking for info on?/
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ok not to be a smart A$$, but what atv are you trying to find the 424 for, and what yr, maybe someone here can help you find what you want??
but a little hard NOT knowing what atv your looking for info on?/
Lol, sorry about that. 2001 Honda Foreman 450 ES. I found the 2x4, 4x4 selector on Ebay, it's the Wide Open one. I've also found a High Lifter spool locker. Just wondering what my options are and what my best options is. I understand the thing is a tank by nature, but was hoping to make it less tanky by opting to drive in 2wd instead of constant 3wd/4wd. I want to swap in and out of 2 and 4wd. It's a mud bike but I also trail ride alot.
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Just so you are aware (in case you don't know) if you run a spool in the front, on any hard surface steering is going to be a bitch and handling will suffer greatly.

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Hey Brandon, we chatted earlier but I'll post here for everyone's info.

At one time there was a Detroit Gearless locker available for the Foreman's, I don't think its available anymore. It worked well but required maintenance, had wearable parts and was expensive.

I installed the high lifter spool in my Foreman about 12 years ago, I also have the Warn 424 selector (which is now the Wide Open kit you were looking at).

The spool style locker (even in 2wd) makes the steering heavier than stock. Very noticeable at slow speed on a hard surface like pavement. Once your moving you don't notice it as much, and on loose gravel, mud, etc you can hardly tell its there.

Handling absolutely DOES NOT suffer greatly. I've been riding with it 12 years and 10,000km on all kinds of trail conditions it handles the same.

So the spool is out there for sale, relatively inexpensive, easily reversible if you don't like it, requires no special maintenance or repairs and traction of true 4wd is unmatched by the stock differential, especially the non-trax lock 98-01 diffs like in our bikes. I would not install the spool without a 2wd to 4wd selector as riding on a hard surface would definitely cause something to bind and break.

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Guess you've never heard of the Honda-Lock LOL?? Next time you're spinning grab the front brakes a little bit. It will transfer power to the opposite wheel and get all 4 turning. Obviously it's not a locker like you're looking for. But it can get you over logs and through other obstacles at times.

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Honda thought the old brake trick was so good they adapted it to the 1000 pioneer limited. What a bunch of idiots... lol

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Guess you've never heard of the Honda-Lock LOL?? Next time you're spinning grab the front brakes a little bit. It will transfer power to the opposite wheel and get all 4 turning. Obviously it's not a locker like you're looking for. But it can get you over logs and through other obstacles at times.
Yeah I'm hip to that but it's utterly useless for me when Mudding
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