I believe that judging by the size of the front diff housing, it wouldnt be hard to design some sort of electric locker setup. Thank you for the kind words. I have in fact spent many years as a licensed mechanic, dealing with various sorts of traction control. That being said, The only aftermarket brake pads that I found available were brass(100% brass), intended for wet use like the mud I go thru. Problem with those is, on dry surface like running down a gravel road or trail, stooping distance is terrible....I agree that a diff lock would be a performance enhancement, as well as reducing brake system wear. You are obviously qualified to make that determination, from both your professional experience with brake based traction enhancement systems, as well as your experience running the Talon in slick conditions. Thanks for taking time to post what you've learned. Would it require a new diff housing to accommodate a locker? If so, other components might have to be redesigned also. Could be a good opportunity for the aftermarket to step up, since it could be unlikely for Honda to change the system anytime soon, if at all. Maybe better wearing aftermarket pads would slow pad change intervals, possibly at the expense of increased rotor wear.
It wouldn't exactly be "user defined" but it'll essentially be the best of both worlds... In applying your thought to my constantly grinding gears up stairs I think I'll be putting an in line switch on the ABS circuit to turn it on and off at my own discretion. I'll wait until my first brake change to do so and see how the stock ones hold up with my riding conditions (north east Ohio). Thank you for the good info you've provided, very useful and knowledgeable in many aspects!Just to add my own thoughts on the i4wd....
Where I ride here in ontario, its very muddy. I have since changed the tires to sti outback max 14x10x30. Pulls great thru the mud. But before changing thevtires and rims, I had 240 kms on the machine and the frt brakes were gone! Reason for this is the traction control is simply an abs pump that applies braking to the wheel that spins, so in realoty, when your in mud or ice or anything that is slippery, the system is eating up your brake pads. I think this is a design flaw to be honest. Im a licensed mechanic and have spent many years diagnosing abs/traction control systems. I believe that there are times that you want the wheels spinning at the speed you want them to spin. Try it next time your in mud,....its like the machine has no guts because the traction control is hding it back. Ive also read in other forums that rock crawling is not when you want the machine throw power to the other wheel on its own. I for one, think that there should be a user defined front diff lock that can be engaged as needed, and as soon as I find one or when it becomes available, I will be puting it in.
Honda had a good idea, but it kills the brake pads prematurely, as well as limits your ability to thru some stuff you need the power for. I dont drive 2 footed either, and think new brake pads at 240 k's is crazy. I actually pulled the fuse for the abs and traction control, qhich makes it only ever 3 qheels pulling, but I can blast thri any mudhole at full throttle and make the mud fly and the tires work the way they should.
Just my opinion.