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Unread 07-28-2010, 10:24 PM   #1
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Since my 240sx is my daily driver, ill be driving it in snow and ice...I have an lsd diff in my garage, I'm not sure if I should install it or trade it. Will it help me out in icy conditions?
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Depends on several things. One it depends on whether or not you're in a turn. The LSD will, of course, cause both wheels to go. However in a turn you might want only the inside wheel to go, thus avoiding a donut. However when you aren't turning it may be useful to have both pulling and avoiding the one wheel hopelessly digging into the ice situation.


Idunno. I guess it would be pretty good upgrade in that light a vehicle. The few times I've driven on snow(As we don't get it often down here in TN) my open has never caused me any issues. If you set it up right it should help tremendously. Just make sure you have a set of snow tires and rims to go along with it.

At any rate the LSD will help handling, I'd put it in solely for the dry handling upgrades.
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I'm not an expert, i don't know the difference between an LSD or a locking, but the locking diff in Z71s makes a noticable difference in snow.
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Yes the LSD will help with snow driving, but you may want to consider buying a beater for the winter drives, as that car will be down right horrible in icy conditions. The long wheel base and rwd in a light vehicle will just never grab traction... Besides, why ruin a beautiful car in all that salt! My uncle lives in OH, and always puts his 240sx in the garage during the winter.
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I'm not an expert, i don't know the difference between an LSD or a locking, but the locking diff in Z71s makes a noticable difference in snow.
The difference is in how they behave. An LSD will allow different tire rotation speeds while preventing a one wheeler whereas a locker will just lock the two wheels together if they even think about slipping. Chirp chirp chirp.
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Yes the LSD will help with snow driving, but you may want to consider buying a beater for the winter drives, as that car will be down right horrible in icy conditions. The long wheel base and rwd in a light vehicle will just never grab traction... Besides, why ruin a beautiful car in all that salt! My uncle lives in OH, and always puts his 240sx in the garage during the winter.
Id love to get a beater but I pretty much spent my budget on the 240...ill definitely wash it frequently to keep the salt from getting to it. Especially since the frame is pretty much rust-free at this point. When the weather gets bad enough though ill be able to borrow my moms minivan, as she won't leave the house lol
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Momvans don't fare all that much better in the snow than the 240 will. I had to drive one 50+ miles on the stuff once. Once you're going it's pretty decent but getting going is a pain in the rear. Stoopid overweight FWD momvans....get some damn good snow tires on the 240, drive carefully and call it a day.
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Momvans don't fare all that much better in the snow than the 240 will. I had to drive one 50+ miles on the stuff once. Once you're going it's pretty decent but getting going is a pain in the rear. Stoopid overweight FWD momvans....get some damn good snow tires on the 240, drive carefully and call it a day.
Or, spend $500 and get a Bronco or Bronco II with limited slips...

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Or, spend $500 and get a Bronco or Bronco II with limited slips...

Problem solved.
It would solve that problem but you would buy 30 more.
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