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E153 lsd, viscous type?

Im wondering how the E153'S lsd works? I did a launch the other day and ended up doing a one wheel burnout.
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Since the viscous coupling is active constantly, there is only limited effect that it can have on wheelspin without interfering with normal driving. It should give an advantage over the open differential, but if you want max launches, you would want a different type of lsd.
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Ya i wasnt sure it the oem was viscous type or not? Is the fluid replaceable or is it shot?
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I don't know what kind you have. There are basically three kinds. The viscous type gives you something that is in between an open differential and a welded differential. As such, it is a compromise by nature. It has the advantage of being simple and cheap. Then there is the type that locks up under torque. That will give you good results on launches and straight line acceleration, but it will make the car squirrely if you apply torque in a corner. The "torsen" type does not lock up unless one axle loses torque, so it is the most generally useful.
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I have the stock lsd that comes in the E153, which I would imagine is a viscous but not sure.
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Ya i wasnt sure it the oem was viscous type or not? Is the fluid replaceable or is it shot?
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I have the stock lsd that comes in the E153, which I would imagine is a viscous but not sure.
OEM is a viscous coupling, and for the most part they are all worn out. The fluid is not replaceable, so swapping out the differential for something aftermarket is the way to go if funds allow. I switched over to a Quaife brand Torsen style differential and it's a night and day difference, and worth every penny!
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