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Downfall of Limited Slip in daily driver??

Getting ready to order my 2017 Wrangler Unlimited Sport with the following options:

Hypergreen
Automatic - wife cant drive manual
Upgraded soft top
max tow - so i can get 3.71 and hitch
LED light upgrade

As I am talking to the dealer he said he would highly recommend the LSD

This will be a daily driver (on highways and county roads), and weekend toy to put the top down and explore back roads, there will be no rock crawling or mudding. Will be driven in rain and snow - I'm in southern Indiana, so we get some snow - sometimes alot!!

Mods will at some point include 3" lift, 35" tires and rims, and side/nerf bars.

So my question "is there a downside to having LSD in daily driver". i understand the concept of it and dont see a downside, but you are all more informed then me.

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Re: Downfall of Limited Slip in daily driver??

Long time experience here, get the LSD. At least you'll have three wheel drive when necessary.
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Re: Downfall of Limited Slip in daily driver??

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Long time experience here, get the LSD. At least you'll have three wheel drive when necessary.
it's my intention to monday morning, just making sure there is no downside
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Join tread lightly and wait until you can get the discount to order it. It's 1℅ below dealer invoice
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Re: Downfall of Limited Slip in daily driver??

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Getting ready to order my 2017 Wrangler Unlimited Sport with the following options:

Hypergreen
Automatic - wife cant drive manual
Upgraded soft top
max tow - so i can get 3.71 and hitch
LED light upgrade

As I am talking to the dealer he said he would highly recommend the LSD

This will be a daily driver (on highways and county roads), and weekend toy to put the top down and explore back roads, there will be no rock crawling or mudding. Will be driven in rain and snow - I'm in southern Indiana, so we get some snow - sometimes alot!!

Mods will at some point include 3" lift, 35" tires and rims, and side/nerf bars.

So my question "is there a downside to having LSD in daily driver". i understand the concept of it and dont see a downside, but you are all more informed then me.
The first hypergreen I saw was up in NH back in May

I ordered a very similar vehicle except manual. My wife cant drive manual either!
I believe the LSD is slightly less "predictable" in 2WD in ice/snow. If one rear tire catches ice the power will go to the other side and give a slight "fishtail" compared to a non lsd which will just spin and barely move. I still got the LSD I prefer the extra traction in 2WD when I cant use 4WD.
May I suggest you add the side airbags? IMO worth the $495 esp since you will usually get an insurance discount.
Good luck and enjoy!
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Re: Downfall of Limited Slip in daily driver??

The only downside is the cost; both in buying and in maintaining.


That should be weighed against the amount of potential advantage, especially taking in account that all Wranglers come with BLD standard.
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Re: Downfall of Limited Slip in daily driver??

I have 3.73 and LSD in my Sahara. Antjmar is correct in the tendency to fishtail. Happens to me even if it's wet and somewhat slick (like after a rainstorm following a dry spell). It's controllable though by letting up on the throttle (I like acceleration) and I would definitely take it over an open diff if you have no plans for a selectable locker.
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Re: Downfall of Limited Slip in daily driver??

I highly recommend it. Should help if you are in snow covered terrain and on trails will help since you dont have lockers (if you take it off road). I am losing LSD when upgrading to my 2017 Rubicon and will miss it. The Rubi has open diffs with lockers so great on the trail but of no help on the highway.
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Re: Downfall of Limited Slip in daily driver??

I'm waiting on a 17 so I could get the limited slip diff. To each their own but I wouldn't have any 4X4 without it, you really only have 2 wheel drive.

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Re: Downfall of Limited Slip in daily driver??

On the road, I loved the LSD in my 97 Sport and missed it when I got my 03 Rubicon. Then again, the lockers are awesome off road.

Never drove with the LSD in snow/ice (was stationed in Hawaii and Arizona), so I can't comment on how they handle in winter weather.

Never had to deal with any maintenance issues with the LSD, but just needed to remember to add the friction modifier when I changed the fluid.
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Re: Downfall of Limited Slip in daily driver??

I agree with Antjmar, LSD can be a handful on ice/snow, especially on a shorter wheelbase vehicle. Had a '69 Bronco with bigger tires, and it was a handful on snow. Also had a '04 Silverado 2500 with LSD and actually slid the thing by accident a few times on wet pavement on sharp turns. I don't know how good of a driver your wife is, but LSD can be a little tricky at time. IMHO you should not get it based on the type of driving you describe.
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Re: Downfall of Limited Slip in daily driver??

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it's my intention to monday morning, just making sure there is no downside
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There definitely can be a downside. Generally in slippery conditions LSD will give you more forward traction but less lateral traction under acceleration.

I learned to drive in a delivery van that had limited slip and in snow and rain the vehicle would if you accelerated and this would be bad if there was a side to side force. So accelerating into turns is the main problem. For example if you are accelerating from a stop into a 90 degree turn (say entering road with fast moving traffic in the rain from a t intersection) your rear end could easily slide around

Once you are used to LSD and know how to reduce risk of fishtailing tendency, and learn to recover from it, the downside drops and the upsides certainly outweigh it. But the fact you ask means you should experiment in slippery conditions in a place where risk of hitting something is low so you can get used to it. Downside is also increased if you have several drivers.
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