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Hello all,

From doing some research it seemed like the M226 differential was limited slip, but after jacking my truck uo and spinning one wheel it seems that mine is an open diff. Do they come in both open and limited configurations?

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Nope they are open diff or electric lock.

They do have ABLS. which is a electronically controlled system which uses the ABS system. It senses wheel spin and applies some braking force to that wheel in order to distibute some power to th non spinning wheel.

Kind of like the old school feathering the e brake trick.
 

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Nope they are open diff or electric lock.

They do have ABLS. which is a electronically controlled system which uses the ABS system. It senses wheel spin and applies some braking force to that wheel in order to distibute some power to th non spinning wheel.

Kind of like the old school feathering the e brake trick.
Thank you for the reply and information. The ABLS is decent feature to have.. I have the e-lock but of course only on 4 Low. Might do the bypass later on but uncertain about it since i don't really need it.
 

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The bypass is really unnecessary as you only need to be locked in low. But I did it anyways. Fun to lock it up in 2wd and drift around. I can also see a situation where you lose your 4wd and not be able lock the rear end in the OE mode.

There are 2 different bypass methods. The old one uses a relay and is a bit complicated. I did it thia way. The other method simply jumpers 2 wires. Should be more reliable.
 

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How does the E locker work at speed?
 

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The bypass is really unnecessary as you only need to be locked in low. But I did it anyways. Fun to lock it up in 2wd and drift around. I can also see a situation where you lose your 4wd and not be able lock the rear end in the OE mode.

There are 2 different bypass methods. The old one uses a relay and is a bit complicated. I did it thia way. The other method simply jumpers 2 wires. Should be more reliable.
That's basically the only reason i would want to do, so i can lock it in 2wd and drift around
 

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That is what I run.
 

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You could of ordered it as an option when I bought my “S” model.
I didn’t because it was not an good option for a desert race truck.
The VQ 40 / manual trans/the M226.
 

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Oh yeah, aluminum wheels.
 

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Your right. What is the confusion.
The OP was about the M226, with no mention of model or transmission. I have a SV with a manual trans, so it has the M226, unlike the auto trans which has the C200. The exception being the Pro which has the M226/e-lock in either config.

When in Lo, the DVC light comes on, like when the button is pushed. My understanding is, all that means is the pitch/roll/yaw/wheel/etc... sensors get shut off.

I just want to be sure I understand correctly.
 

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The OP was about the M226, with no mention of model or transmission. I have a SV with a manual trans, so it has the M226, unlike the auto trans which has the C200. The exception being the Pro which has the M226/e-lock in either config.

When in Lo, the DVC light comes on, like when the button is pushed. My understanding is, all that means is the pitch/roll/yaw/wheel/etc... sensors get shut off.

I just want to be sure I understand correctly.
yep. Though, the theory is even though things are "off" they are still there to some degree. Which is fine, as all that only really comes in to play at high speeds.
 

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The bypass is really unnecessary as you only need to be locked in low. But I did it anyways. Fun to lock it up in 2wd and drift around. I can also see a situation where you lose your 4wd and not be able lock the rear end in the OE mode.

There are 2 different bypass methods. The old one uses a relay and is a bit complicated. I did it thia way. The other method simply jumpers 2 wires. Should be more reliable.
Any link to the 2 wire procedure? For the curious...
 

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It is limited slip, just not the crude mechanical clutch crap. It is a smart electronic limited slip. Which doesn't have the downfalls of a mechanical but has more performacne than a mechanical limited slip as well. One tire in the air, the one on the ground will spin. It acts as an open differential (because that is what it is), until you get tire spin. To some extent the electronic stability control will keep you from doing stupid (although sometimes fun) things. Once you get past that you will have great performance. And you don't have the mechanical limited slip spinning you out on a flat road when it is real slick out.
 

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It is limited slip, just not the crude mechanical clutch crap. It is a smart electronic limited slip. Which doesn't have the downfalls of a mechanical but has more performacne than a mechanical limited slip as well. One tire in the air, the one on the ground will spin. It acts as an open differential (because that is what it is), until you get tire spin. To some extent the electronic stability control will keep you from doing stupid (although sometimes fun) things. Once you get past that you will have great performance. And you don't have the mechanical limited slip spinning you out on a flat road when it is real slick out.
So you're saying it's not the diff that's limited slip, and it has nothing to do with the axle?
 

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From the start, I needed the truck to defeat the “silt beds”, Get stuck a few times and you are done!
This year the Frontier did great!
We ran the truck almost full time in four wheel drive. The r180 held up. Probably the Lokka helped.
My mechanical limitrd slip did it t’s job. The new/used differential has a elocker. I think I will keep the mechanical.
It seems to have survived the failure,Just not made to leave the road at 70 plus.
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