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Wait for locking diff?

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I live in southern New England where snow and ice are a problem to deal with from late November to late March. I ordered a Titan 4x4 with off-road package and the dealer will be submitting their vehicle order in the first week of February which means an April delivery. I was thinking of asking the dealer to request that my truck be built on or after April 4th so that it will have the rear locking diff. which means a May delivery at the earliest. In either case the snow and ice will be gone and I will have to wait until next winter to try out the truck in a winter wonder land. With that being said...

1. Is the rear locking diff worth the wait of 1-2 more months for delivery?

2. Will the rear locking diff be much of a help in snow and ice?

3. Would the active brake limited slip be adequate without the rear locking diff to propel me through snow and ice?
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outahere said:
Hmmmmm, wonder if the computer shuts off the ABLS on the rear axle if you are in 4-Lo with the locker engaged, but leaves the front ABLS activated?
As it happens, I just got this email from Nissan today, needless to say I will without a doubt be waiting for the Elock - there are many situations where some wheelspin is required (not on snow and ice, though):

Thank you for taking the time to personally contact us about your interest in Nissan products.

Activating the electronic rear locking differential will deactivate the rear ABLS, however, the front ABLS will continue to remain activated. We apologize for the delayed information and thank you for your interest and patience in this matter.

We hope that this information answers your question, but if you need any additional information or have further questions, please let us know by reply e-mail or by calling 1-800-647-7263 and pressing "0" for a live operator.

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