What are the Limited-slip Differential Benefits and Drawbacks?

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Limited-Slip Differential Benefits:

Limited-slip differentials allow drivers to place down the maximum amount of power as possible without breaking traction. this suggests the car can corner faster, without the unnerving feeling of tires losing grip. It also means fewer wane tires because of loss of traction.

In an RWD car, and LSD can prevent oversteer by mitigating a loss of grip during hard cornering.

For FWD cars, LSDs are great for mitigating torque steer while cornering. With most weight above the wheels in an FWD car, they’ll tend to urge squirrelly under acceleration. An LSD reduces this, preventing the driving force from feeling the fun but an unsettling shake of the handwheel.

 

Limited-Slip Differential Drawbacks:

A major downside of a limited-slip differential is that it adds cost. They’re expensive to style and manufacture, which cost gets passed on to the buyer.

Another drawback is that LSDs aren’t always ideal for getting occupancy in snowy conditions. It sounds counterintuitive but sometimes wheel spin can get you out of slushy snow. Turning off your traction control can help with this.

Finally, a limited-slip differential would force maintenance over time, like oil changes. Clutch-based systems will eventually need their clutches replaced. While this isn’t as difficult or time-consuming as replacing your transmission’s clutch, it’s still something to think about within the long-term.

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