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Old 11-06-2007, 03:30 PM   #1
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How To Use ARB Lockers?

Hello,

i two days my TJ has two ARB lockers. Now I have some questions how to use them.

- When do I have to activate them? Only while my TJ stands still?
- When don´t i have to activate them? Perhaps while the wheels are spinning?
- In which situation do i need only the rear locker, in which situation do i need only the front locker and in which situations do i need both lockers?
- What´s a "no-go" with activated lockers? Can i damage something if i make something wrong?
- Do i have to activate them time by time like an A/C?

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Old 11-06-2007, 04:43 PM   #2
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I don't know about using lockers in mud or things like that but in the rocks I leave both front and rear locked on most obsticles and both off at all other times. I'll leave the front off especially when turning cuz its really hard to make tight turns or any turn for that matter with the front engaged plus its kindof tough on the axle ujoints. SOme obsticles require a front locker as your turning... so I guess its just a "use your best judgment" situation. Last weekend my lockers weren't working at all and I ran a trail that I used to think I had to have lockers on to run... I didn't get hung up once, but I wasn't able to take the really fun lines like I wouldve if I did have lockers. So I'm still learning when to use them too.

you know what?... you'll figure it out Congrats on your new lockers and gears

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Old 11-06-2007, 04:59 PM   #3
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Mine stay off until I need them. If I see something coming up that I think I might need them on I stop and put them on. Depending on what is ahead, I will do rear or both. Both would be for a hill climb, if say its muddy or really steep. x2 on turning, like any locker in your front axle tight turns are not easy to do as the front locker will pull you to the side. As for turning it on while your moving, I have never done that, not that you couldn't, but I think it would need to be at a very low speed. Also if I know the trail and know i will be coming up to a rough spot, I will pre-hit the compressor button So I don't have to wait, other wise it stays off too. Best thing is to get out there and test when you need them for the trails you run.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:08 PM   #4
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Hello,
i two days my TJ has two ARB lockers. Now I have some questions how to use them.
- When do I have to activate them? Only while my TJ stands still?
- When don´t i have to activate them? Perhaps while the wheels are spinning?
- In which situation do i need only the rear locker, in which situation do i need only the front locker and in which situations do i need both lockers?
- What´s a "no-go" with activated lockers? Can i damage something if i make something wrong?
- Do i have to activate them time by time like an A/C?
Thanks for all other tips.
nicolas-eric
ARB's are great...you'll love 'em.

When to use 'em? Like YGOHOME said, its a matter of feel and the lay of the land kind of will help determine that question. For me, as soon as I go offroad I turn the rear on. I leave it there until I'm done. The front is activated most of the time, but turned off when turning. You can leave it on, but your turning radius will be hampered, big time!

When to activate 'em? Whenever you want. I've turned 'em on at a dead stop. I've even turned mine on while at highway speeds (70-80MPH). Rear won't really affect anything, but turning when the front is locked makes driving a little harder

Do you have to activate one at a time? No. You can throw the switches as the need arises.

Can you damage something? Dunno. I've beaten the hell out of mine and never had a problem.

Only hiccup I've ever seen is that on rare occasion they get "stuck". Meaning they don't release when told. All you have to do then is just straighten out and turn them on and off a couple times to get them to release. No problems.

Enjoy 'em and take some pics
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:08 AM   #5
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I think it would need to be at a very low speed
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I've even turned mine on while at highway speeds (70-80MPH).
Slightly differing opinions
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I wouldnt personally activate them at highway speeds and dont see the need, but as long as one side isnt slipping or losing traction aka they are both at the same speed going straight im sure it wouldnt hurt. You just wouldnt want to engage it with one wheel in the air spinning, that would definitely rip something apart, like driveshafts and gears
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Typically in 4LO only, but it's personal preference.

I usually have the rear locked on my Rubi when in 4LO and rarely use the front locker.

When I do use the front I only turn it on when needed and then turn off right away. Turning with the front locked does put extra stress on the u-joints and can bind and turning radius is cut down even more.

There's no need for lockers on the road either, should only be used while offroad and in very stuck situation

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Being this thread is over 2 years old I bet he has already figured out how to use them.

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I like to use the rear locker on the road in rain and snow. drifting makes so much fun...
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Being this thread is over 2 years old I bet he has already figured out how to use them.

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And destoyed at least one of them if I remember correctly.
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Yes because the stock D30 axle shafts are way too weak.

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