These differentials will not divert 100% of the power to one wheel though. I ended up removing it because of the bad road manners on dry pavement. you will be fine, I had 2 rams with open differentials and both of them were great in the snow when in 4 wheel drive Oct 29, 2018 at 1:19 PM #3 LossPrev Junior Member The open differential is designed to allow independent rotation of the tires. Inside the differential, power is transferred to the path of least resistance. Lockers aren't very useful in snow, in snow you want 4wd and good snow rated tires. Open differentials don’t work well on uneven or slippery surfaces because the engine torque is transmitted to the wheel with the least resistance (a.k.a. locking rear differential/lsd Spend enough time on offroad discussion forums and you’re sure to read somebody claiming that a 2WD truck with a locker in the rear (a locker binds the real wheels so that they spin together) can do whatever a 4WD truck with open differentials can. FULLSCALE Well-Known Member. On asphalt, you get the infamous “one-wheel peel” under heavy acceleration. A vehicle branded as a UTV (with open differentials) and stuck in light snow or mud is not a convincing marketing look -- and may not be the best approach to savings. For example, if one tire is on solid rock and the other is … Open differentials allow for one wheel to turn faster or slower than the other, allowing to compensate for slippage during cornering (in my condition, wet cornering). an open differential when you are just spinning your right rear can work like LSD by pressing lightly on the brake pedal & give it the correct amount of throttle & brake pedal pressure to cause the torque to transfer more to the left rear wheel & most of the time, you can walk the vehicle out of snow or mud that is not too deep Then the locker is king. Limited slip differentials operate in a manner opposite an open system. Most cars have open differentials which just allow a slipping wheel to continue to spin. I've never had an open diff 2wd in snow, it's always been a limited slip or 4wd. On a side note. If the tire is off the ground or on ice, it spins freely and the vehicle is unable to move. A locked rear can actually create more trouble on snow and ice. When a limited slip diff senses that a wheel is spinning, it will automatically transmit more power to the wheel that has more traction. This will often result in a 1WD scenario as illustrated in the previous example. It would be interesting to know how many Roxor owners would preferred to have had basic factory lockers from the get go rather than going the after market route. He said driving with an LSD in damp conditions will make both wheels spin and when cornering slightly fast, there is a … “traction”). Rock crawling & mud bogging is another story. 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