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Old 10-26-2009, 01:58 PM   #1
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Lockers -- front, rear, or both?

Some of the guys I run with say the best bet is to put the lockers only in the front and leave the rear open or LS. Other guys I know, who deal with mud a little more often, suggest it should be the other way -- put the lockers in the rear and leave the front alone. So... what is the consensus? Is there a consensus?

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well i would go locker in the rear if u have to chose. u will get more use out of the rear one, but if u can get both do so. front lockers make it easier getting over hills and what not.

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Old 10-26-2009, 02:06 PM   #3
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I would say put a locker in the rear first, then if you decide to put one in the front, go for it. I have found just using the rear locker is great in a lot of situations & you still have all your steering. Once the front is engaged the steering is stiff & not as easy to steer, still ok though. I have never driven with the front on only so can't comment on that
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in the rocks, i can get farther with front locker only than i can with rear only fwiw.
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ok but for a weekend warrior build i would think that the rear would be better to have especially if money is a prob
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:08 PM   #6
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Also depends on type of locker - if it's automatic, then it can impact your on street handling. If it's switchable, it wouldn't matter.
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:14 PM   #7
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If he has a D35 in the rear wouldn't that make the risk of breaking it better compared to a D30 in the front?
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:32 PM   #8
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I would install 2 selectable lockers in the rear and teh front.
But if you want only 1 selectable locker, install it in the rear.
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Old 10-26-2009, 05:12 PM   #9
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If stock dana 35 rear no locker.. put it in front dana 30, but if you see a lot of snow driving its almost better to have no locker up there.. as it will pull you left and right...or just get an ARB and be good no matter what.
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:51 PM   #10
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No, no consensus.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:05 AM   #11
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No, no consensus.
Yep. Not unlike a shooter's forum.... ten responses yields 12 opinions.

Thanks to those that did respond.... gives me a little something to mull over. Here's another one for you:

Is that Dana 30 in the front tough enough for lockers? BTW, it is a stock Dana 35 in the rear.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:27 PM   #12
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Is that Dana 30 in the front tough enough for lockers? BTW, it is a stock Dana 35 in the rear.
OK, I'll start the dithering.

Anytime you ask if some part or another is strong enough, you have to take into account your driving style. Do you like putting your tires up next to a big rock, and then stomping on the gas? Or are you using your locker for a bit more traction on slippery stuff?

The stock is strong enough for me. But I'm old and slow.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:39 PM   #13
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i have heard both sides of the fence as well... my personal expirience is, i put a lockrite in the d35 which helped out alot and didnt break anything (but apparently i am one of the few that didnt break the d35) and eventually put an aussie in the front.

all i did to change my driving habits with the rear autolocker was let off the gas when cornering..

if you install the front autolocker you will be fine when in 2wd because it wont lock up on you when your turning.

and selectable lockers are the best, open when open, locked when locked.

i would suggest selectables if DD but they are expensive and depending on it you want to upgrade the d35 later on, you dont want to put that much money into the axle.

and if you are scared to break your d35 then put an auto locker in the front and drive it that way for awhile to see if you want to upgrade the rear end
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:37 PM   #14
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I have both, and I would always do the front first. The front is by far the most beneficial.
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:35 PM   #15
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Is that Dana 30 in the front tough enough for lockers? BTW, it is a stock Dana 35 in the rear.
Provided that the D35 won't be upgraded with another axle or a super35 kit, what I would do is put the locker up front.

The D30 is the stronger of the two axles period.

Discussing front or rear is an application question anyway. I have (and have used) front and rear lockers. Been in plenty of places/situations where one is far more useful (at the time) than the other. So, two is better than one, but if you only do one, you should consider what situations you'll be using your Jeep in.

Rocks: It doesn't matter. You'll end up needing the opposite of what you have at the exact wrong moment. Buddies with straps and winches is the cheap way around two lockers.

Sand/mud: Do the rear. Most types of front lockers makes real steering a b!tch and everywhere I've run sand/mud, I spend as much time cranking the steering wheel as I do anything else.
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I ordered a 79 Ford pickup with front and rear positraction (can't remember the Ford term). Anyway, it was a go-ahead rig as long as you wanted to go straight. In snow or mud on back roads, it would head for the low side quickly

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