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mk3 diffs are clutch type lsd's and are total junk. I would go with a welded it is not near as bad as people think.

QFT. Go ahead and get your 3 events in on it -- then you'll notice you lose the ability to make minor adjustments to the car's angle with throttle because you start lighting up the inside tire...
 

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If they are both free, why don't you have them both done? use a welded and an lsd. if your subframe isn't rusted to hell, try them both and decide for yourself. personally I enjoyed driving around town with a welded diff. I find it hilarious that when i pull up to work or school chirping around every corner, i get more looks then the bentley rolling by. The only reason I daily drive on an LSD now is because of the gearing...and driving alot on the hwy, tha LSD keeps me at a lower rpm, as opposed 2 the welded NA diff. Drifting is definately easier for me on a welded diff, so I just swap them out b4 events. its about a 45 minute process to swap diffs once you get the hang of it...
 

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If they are both free, why don't you have them both done? use a welded and an lsd. if your subframe isn't rusted to hell, try them both and decide for yourself. personally I enjoyed driving around town with a welded diff. I find it hilarious that when i pull up to work or school chirping around every corner, i get more looks then the bentley rolling by. The only reason I daily drive on an LSD now is because of the gearing...and driving alot on the hwy, tha LSD keeps me at a lower rpm, as opposed 2 the welded NA diff. Drifting is definately easier for me on a welded diff, so I just swap them out b4 events. its about a 45 minute process to swap diffs once you get the hang of it...
i did, the LSD is worn to shhh.... so im using the welded for now until i rebuild the LSD
 

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I think the mk4 Torsen was just an option, it must not have been standard since so many drag the cars.

I've got a Torsen (swapped into stock 3.73 housing) and love it but am not sure how it would hold up for drift. Launching on stickies is evidently bad for them but I don't know about the effects from drifting, it's still easy to bring around when prompted but allowing earlier throttle application.
 

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LSD. its hard NOT to drift with a welded one, and since you're learning you'll end up losing control when you dont want to drift. unless its only a drift car.
 

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you can't weld the stock clutch pack, only the open diffs. Welded diffs are fun, when ever I turn slowly i always feel my tires squeeking, but the sound inside the car reminds me of understeer. LOL. BTW this is in my ae86, not supra.
 

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dont listen to these guys. i daily drive my welded diff and have no problems. I have about 100whp in my 240sx and outdrive porches/vettes/ect on onramps/offramps and pull in closer to people on road racing courses.


edit: jesus christ read the rest of the posts. i can 100% for sure tell you that the guys telling you to get lsds are guys who are sub 20years old and have parents buying them crap. I've driven on both and honestly, a kaaz 2way in my 240 feels just like my welded diff. the tires dont really "hop" although for some reason, 90% of the internet community describes this as so. way to go keyboard cowboys. the wheels scuff around in parking lots. no big deal. let me call everyone who complains about understeer a bitch. run proper tire sizes and it isnt a problem. If you are running 205s in the front and 275s in the rear with an lsd/welded/vlsd....anything that puts power to both wheels, you will understeer. i run 215s in the front and 235s in the rear with a stock sohc KA24(e) and have no issues of understeer. I can take onramps/offramps top of third gear without losing any control. as for rain.....youll have just as much problem with an lsd as you would a welded. first rain of the season in so cal is squirrely due to the oil on the ground.

the BENEFIT to a locked diff is that it is 100% predictable. you know that it is locked up at all times, and drive accordingly. you EXPECT it to come out in the rain. I can tell you that a 2way will come out just as hard in the rain....but new drivers think that because they paid $900 for a good lsd, that they can drive harder.

i go to drift events once every month, or every other month. I daily my car 50mi each way to work and back every day. if you are going over 5mph...you cannot notice the "wheel hop" (its seriously wheel rubbing or scuffing on the ground).
 

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i was always told as long as you weld it right and in multiple spots and not just pile weld on top of weld, you shouldnt have any worries with it breaking. then again they did say the iphone was unlockable.

we threw in some beads between the gears to to make sure the welds held. i've been driving the diff welded for over 2 years.
 

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LSD is the way to go
 
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