Do they wear out/fail in the locked mode? Mine is not isn’t always unlocking any more.
And I’d add how One drives and where One drives is a factor as well as wheel and tire size. Playing Rock-Buggy on 35’s is going to rightly result in limping home on occasion.I’ve broken 2 rear shafts in Moab, wheel often with a 2000lb trailer and am still on my rear Detroit 18 years later... i Have had similar experiences with friends with Detroit’s, so from my seat watching nearly a dozen axle breaks with Detroit’s, I have the opposite experience— they have been wonderful. I’m NOT saying that they don’t break, they do, but I’d take exception to the statement that they almost always break when you lose an axle shaft. That hasn’t born out to be true. However, I would agree that when you do break a Detroit (on those rare experiences), it usually has an axle break associated with it. the Least reliable diff I have seen on trails has been the ARB— typically associated with actuation issues. I love my Detroit and I’m putting another in the Salisbury I’m building.
...that is not saying if you break an axle, you’ll break the diff. it’s saying if you do break a diff, it’s usually the result of breaking an axle. I agree, and said so. (I said “However, I would agree that when you do break a Detroit (on those rare experiences), it usually has an axle break associated with it.” But that is not the same as saying if you break an axle you’ll break the diff.