Smittydog27 Posted November 24, 2021 Share Posted November 24, 2021 Ok, since getting the 2021 Defender back (see previous thread) I am now able to run my trails. Everything from rock crawls to mud hills, mud holes and general flat riding. So, long story short, I stuck the Defender in total mud and when the visco tried to lock up the other axle, it sounds like a bag of hammers in a dryer…this can’t be good. Then I take to my Little Rock stair step and I hear the same thing….and so it goes. Also went to an area that I can get a wheel off the ground and one in a large trench. Again, doesn’t sound good. Showed the video of me in the situations and the dealer tech agreed, the pinion gears/front diff is toast. This rig has less than 450 miles on it and I don’t hammer it. (I have two other buggies with 5k and 2.5k miles on them-so I don’t beat on them. Anyway, they have submitted it for warranty and will be covered, just waiting on parts but I have the buggy. Was researching on the inner webs and see two routes for aftermarket ‘fixes’ for the viso-lok habits. I don’t necessarily like the fact I have to have the spinning wheel rotate before the other engages and then becomes 4wd. Also it seems that eventually all visco-lok’s crap out at some point. So, at some point I will be swapping the front diff out. Most likely for the TORQ locker but don’t want to take a new warrantied front diff and disable/remove the visco guts. Guess I will find a ‘used’ one and put the TORQ locker in it and swap it in the Defender. Anyone have a similar experience with their front diff or are you running strong on factory diff? thanks, Steve B5B30B6E-B734-454C-8ABD-A7E438627937.MOV Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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