Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Metro Edmonton, AB
When I asked for opinions of the ECTED on another site, I received the following "private" opinion from an employee of a large driveline service company:
"Regarding the Ected, the main differences between the Ected and all other selectable, is the way it locks and the fact that it starts as a clutch driven LSD instead of open. The Ected locks through the clutches instead of by any type of gear lock up. This method allows slippage if the clutch pack is overloaded. Overloading is possible with deep gear reduction, large tires and extreme grade with high traction. The Ected unit can and will slip when 'locked'. We've had quite a bit of feedback from users about this and I've even seen it myself. This slippage can become more frequent as the clutches wear. The other issue of concern is the amount of axle spline used when in the unlocked position. One of the side gears is a 2 piece design. In the unlocked mode, the axle is being driven by about 9/16" of axle spline. I've seen 2 cases personally where the end of the axle splines have stripped. I'm sure there are some applications where these issues will not have any effect on the use of the product or the longevity of the application. My concerns are about durability in vehicles with oversize tires that see aggressive off road use."
This was enough to turn me off the ECTED. The same guy also throughly investigated the possibilities of modifying a rear D35 TrueTrac to work in the front. However, this could only work on the older TTB Rangers. We're hooped because of the CV joints.
Regarding the Torsen, I know a number of people have contacted Torsen directly regarding the IFS D35. However, I'm not sure if the same people have contacted the distributors. I know I haven't. So maybe that would help. Of course, one of the few distributors for Torsen is Ford Racing. Maybe the dealerships that offer upgrade packages could ask Racing to make such a part available (hint, hint).
'04 Ranger FX4 Level II