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Does anyone know if the Detroit locker is available for the Rincon. I have seen posts that describe mods to Rincons including a locker. Also, if it is available......Where & how much?
 

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Yes they are out for the Rincon.Dirty Howies has 1 out and I think its around $100.If you ride trails very much at all I would not put a Locker in,it makes it very tough to steer on tight trails.

High Lifter has a Gearless Locker but you have to let them install it and the cost is around $500,but it steers as easy as stock!
 

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I checked with High Lifter and the gearless locker is available, but as said above is $375.00 but the front axle has to be sent to Highlifter for installation with a cost of $65.00 plus shipping. Kinda steep I think.
 

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Update on the gearless locker from Highlifter. I installed it in my Rincon and it works fantastic. Pulls like a bulldozer. A little tougher steering in 4wd but disengages easily and works just as described. I did the installation myself, including having the machining done locally. (20 bucks & 1 day) There are some detail points to be aware of when installing that are not very clear in the installation directions. Primary concern is to take detail pics of quad before disassembly & put as many bolts, screws etc. back in holes during disassembly. Attention must be given when installing the locker into housing & bolting down the ring gear to insure proper movement. Have treadlocker & torque wrench on hand. Any other questions, just email me.
Well worth the $345.00 from Highlifter.
I also took the opportunity during the breakdown to install the MBRP pipe, Dyno, Highlifter springs, front disc brakes and Montana's receiver system. Good time to do it.
Bill
 

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SXflier - How much have you invested in the Rincon with all those goodies installed? From your sig, there can't be many aftermarket items left that you do not have..

How much has the handeling changed after all of that was installed, vs. a stock setup?

Also, did the highlifter springs firm up the front end. Mine bottoms out often and I was looking at the highlifter springs for a easy fix.
 

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Guitars 911 --- I stopped paying attention to the total investment.....I cringe thinking of what I've spent already. YOur right though, I can't find much else to add. The springs were just right. Only raised one inch and still keeps the smooth ride and handling. Not too stiff. I usually ride two up and load a rear box. Doesn't bottom at all. Bill
 

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What will the locker do for me ?? I believe that it will help out in the deep mud situations that I get into quite often but am not totally sure. Is it the same as the Grizzly's diff lock ??

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No it's not the same as a Grizzlys diff lock. All 4 wheels will spin all the time, but it's easy to steer in 4wd. It lets the inside wheel (during a turn) spin slower but neither front wheels will ever stop turning in a tough situation. They will always both be spinning.
 

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But is it really worth it? I only found a need for it once, and that was in a rock-strewn creek where I found myself resting on three big, slick rocks. Otherwise, I can go anywhere a Grizzly can.
 

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Well, lets put it this way. I have two Rincons, and when the one that doesn't have the locker, gets stuck, the other one handles it with NO problem and ends up pulling the other one out. When you say you only needed it once.......that's because you knew the limitations of your machine with the stock front end and you don't push it. With the locker.....you'll raise those limitations and will be doing alot more than the others. Do I think it's worth it? I have another locker on the way for my other Rincon.
 

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sxflier- I installed my last Detroit Locker on my 2002 Rancher, but I am wary about doing it on my new Rincon because of the machining portion. What exactly has to be machined for installation?

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p.s. You're right on the money about the capabilities of an ATV before the locker and after. My brother and I have the same machines, but his doesn't have a locker and he gets hung up on log crossings all the time where I can go right over them with no front wheel spinouts.
 

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Vbguru, - The center of the ring gear has a raised flange which needs to be machined down flat with the gear surface. Took a machinists 5 minutes and is a no-brainer. Charged me his minimum ($20). The real care must be given when installing locker assembly into the housing & bolting down the ring gear. Make sure all the clutch plates on both sides are aligned & seated all the way down and move freely. The ring gear will push down and seat easily. Do not pull it down with the bolts. (If it doesn't push down easy, then some of the plates are hanging up) Clean your bolt holes & bolts good & use red loctite. Make sure to torque to the specs indicated. Went riding last night here and the Rinny with the locker was a hit. Pulled everybody else out and it refused to get stuck. It will surprise you how much it will climb & pull and maintain traction. If you can change a tire, you can install the locker.
 

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Thanks Yellow 650

I will make this one of my next purchases. I have been in many mud holes and been stopped where as the Grizz has gone right thru.
 

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Are you still able to change to 2 wheel drive when not using 4 wheel ?
 

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pepco, - Yes, the locker only engages when in 4 wheel drive. Switching to 2 wheel disengages the locker.
 

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SXflyer - Thanks for the info. I'll give it a shot as soon as I can afford it. Still buying other items like tires and bumpers.
 

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I now have to agree with all those that said Highlifter has terrible customer service. I tried to order another gearless locker for my other Rincon and after waiting 10 days for it and some other parts to arrive, Highlifter told me the locker was on backorder and they had no idea when it would come in and the other items in my order were sent to shipping but never got shipped. What a confused and screwed up company. When I suggested that their customer service was less than desireable, they didn't even seem to give a damn. Ticked me off so much I just cancelled the order. If you order from Highlifter you better check back often to make sure it is ACTUALLY ordered!!!
 

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Still wondering out loud !!! Can you still be in 4wd and not have the locker engaged or does it engage as soon as you go into 4wd ?
 

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Pepco,
As soon as you switch to 4wd the locker engages. Switch back to 2wd and it disengages. The advantage to the gearless is even in 4wd when it is locked, it will allow one wheel to turn faster than the other. This makes steering acceptable in 4wd in contrast to using a geared locker.
 
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