in response to the responses to my note about torsens and the pre-88 tqc, my
investigations revealed that i required a new transmission casing, as well as
the diff obviously. however i didn't actually scope it myself, and i tend to
distrust "over the counter" technical advice.
i located a 91 tqc (20v, torsen), but it was too hard to tell without puting
the thing up on a hoist. and then the s2 came along and i decided it was a
better option. my friends doubt the wisdom, but i don't - least ways, not often
the tqc tank slapper occurs in the wet or dry :-|
you are punting hard through a corner, the inside front wheel loses traction (i
said punting *hard*), the front axle dutifully transferrs motive force though
to the free wheel. result = no drive to the front. now the centre diff sees
this happening and thinks, well, what am i doing putting power though the front
drive shaft when i could be putting it *all* through the front. result, the
(open) diff transfers all power to the fron shaft with no power going to the
rear output shaft and so a complete loss of power.
well, now you see you're travelling through this corner right? so a *compete*
loss of power causes sudden massive understeer, and the car starts to want to
go straight ahead *big* time. however, as a consequence of the loss of power,
the left inside front wheel drops to the ground again and *bang*, all
operations are restored. however, you've dialled in some lock to try and get
the steering back and sooooooo, you have another moment.
i hope you get the picture.
the torsen solves this problem (as does locking the centre diff).