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#2107 of 11966 re: uniqueness
Sep 04, 2001 (9:53 am)
I agree. What I read said that the Trooper may have a V8 to distinguish it, but that the V8 would only have a few more HP than the new 270HP 6 that GM is putting out? I hope to have my 1999 for several years, maybe they will bring back an original (i.e. non-GM, world production vehicle) back by the time I am ready to upgrade.
I think if Isuzu put together an SUV with that met the new aggressive safety standards that are out today, with a wider stance to completely, once and for all, debunk the rollover issues, they would seriously challenge some of the other SUV's in terms of sales figures. What I love about my truck, isn't what most buyers are looking for, Land Rover/Land Cruiser off-road abilities, at half the price. Most people want a Volvo Station Wagon, that sits higher than cars.
Sep 04, 2001 (10:27 am)
If the next trooper is based on the GM trailblazer platform then I would guess it would be made in the US - not too likely to ship hardware to Japan for assembly and then back again. If made in the US I would think we would hear about a new plant being prepared - that's about a two year plus effort. So I would think the new trooper will be similar to the GBX version that was shown in a recent Car and Driver and made in Japan. There spending money on a prototype for something and it wasn't wearing a bowtie. Time will tell.
Sep 04, 2001 (10:48 am)
I have not tried to play CD-R's in my 6 disc changer, but at delivery the salesman specifically warned me about playing CD-R's in this unit - apparently they have had some problems - anyone tried it?
#2110 of 11966 LS Differential Issues
Sep 04, 2001 (11:18 am)
Hi all..I jave a 99 Trooper Ltd, with the LSD. The weird thing is that is fiarly easy to get the right rear wheel to spin out (while not in TOD) when going around a slippery turn etc. I thought that the LSD would transfer torque to the left wheel to prevent this? The reason I'm asking is that I also recently bought a 2001 Montero Ltd, and its LSD does seem to transfer to the other wheel around slippery turns..its much harder to spin the Monty..I remember Paisan mentioned something about using the emergency brake?? How does that actually help engage the LSD?..thanks!
Sep 04, 2001 (12:48 pm)
I think CD-Rs are about all I play in my factory CD player. It is more rare that an original CD goes into the player. And I have never had a problem!
#2112 of 11966 DittowhatKeepontropingsaid
Sep 04, 2001 (4:17 pm)
About the cds.
The LSD on my Trooper is very lose... Meaning that it will not engage unless I crank up on the E-braketo get it to engage. I may bring it to a dealer andhave em check it out though cause it should engage sooner than that.
Sep 04, 2001 (5:20 pm)
I have found that in 2wd, in the snow and in the sand, the rear end switches power back and forth as the wheels spin and keep me going. We should check it out while in the Pine Barrens coming up. There are a lot of sand pits, let's see if we can get one wheel to spin without the truck moving? I don't think we should be able to, and I hope not. But if the differential is road biased, it may not swing back and forth without a lot of revolutions?
Sep 04, 2001 (6:00 pm)
I don't think it's supposed to swing back and forth. The idea behind an LSD is that if a wheel loses tracktion in the rear, both rear wheels will spin at the same or nearly same rate to un-stuck you. If it switchesbackand forth that's an open diffy IIRC.
Sep 04, 2001 (6:50 pm)
Limited slip differentials usually have some sort of clutch mechanism/coupling which allows torque to be split between two wheels. Like a manual transmission's clutch, some slippage is desirable to provide better road manners when making turns. The slip allows the wheels to rotate at different speeds to accommodate varying turn radius's (inside turn wheel travels less distance than outside wheel). A locker differential essentially locks the wheel shafts together to balance torque split evenly 50/50 between the two. On the street, this would cause poor turning behavior as the gears strain and the tires scrub. If you have TOD and engage 4-Lo, you will notice that it becomes more difficult to turn because of the the locking of the transfer case and this is why the owner's manual states not to do this on asphalt. An open differential transfers all of the torque to the wheel that has the least resistance and thus if one wheel is on ice and the other on a grippy surface, the ice wheel will spin and spin. Trooper 4wd models have lsd rear differentials and open front differentials. Many new AWD vehicles use open differentials exclusively and use an ingenious method of managing torque by varying the brake application at all four wheels under computer control. This has shown to be an effective AWD system for occasional loss of traction during rain & snow conditions, but still provides slightly less traction for serious off-roading than a conventional locking differential. Also can't be too good on your brake pads & rotors if you are doing a lot of spinning like in the mud bog or sand . These systems already use mechanical components available for ABS which is almost standard on all cars, so there must be manufacturing savings here. These systems are sure to improve as the technology continues to mature.
#2116 of 11966 next Trooper chassis MT
Sep 04, 2001 (8:09 pm)
I read that MT article this way: A long time ago there was a rumor that GM would let Isuzu design the replacement for its older Jimmy and Chevy S10 SUV. Perhaps, Isuzu designed the chassis on which the Envoy and TrailBlazer are riding. Then, the next Trooper will be on a Trooper chassis. Lets just hope that they have replaced the body with a nice boxy practical one similar to the Troopers sort of crossed with the GBX to make it look newer. Maybe there will someday be a diesel version so we can get 30mpg in out SUVs. Maybe the word diesel will go away and they will slip it past the EPA by calling it "Compression Ignition Engine".