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Old 06-21-2008, 11:19 AM   #1
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Axle Lockers (help)

I need some help with axle lockers because I know very little to nothing.
I read a little about the Aussie Locker for the front end. It sound like it would be good the monthly off trip. Any help or advice would be nice. I do not want to break the bank on this trying to keep it less than $500.00

I heard of a lunch box for the rear, I have no idea what that is. Also keep in mind this is a DD so I need it to handle well on the highway.

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Come on, with all of the knowledge this site has someone has to have an answer!

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Old 06-22-2008, 09:27 PM   #3
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Of what I know from the TJ forum front lockers can affect the steering adversely on anything but sloppy mud and should only be used at low speeds. I have front and rear on the Rubi so far have not needed them. The ABS/ESP gizmo is supposed to sense a spinning wheel and slow it down to apply power to the wheels that are not spinning so you may not need lockers for anything but rock crawling and mud slinging.
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lunch box locker refers to any locker that replaces the spider gears, IE: aussie, lock-right, ez-locker etc. Full locker replaces not only the spider gears but the carrier as well. IE: ARB, OX, Detroit. Not sure what would happen with a lunchbox in the front of the JK. ON my TJ, I only noticed it when there was a very sharp low speed turn.
I can tell you having a full time locker in the front on snow covered roads sucks. Want to pull you left or right. I have also had a full case locker in the back only and it was fine in snow, it did however "bang" on slow speed turns. Sort of like a mini cannon going off. If you can I would save up for a selectable locker such as the ARB or ox, as its very nice to have control over the lockers. Of all the one's I have run I enjoy the ARB's the best. But for cost the lock-right was fine.
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Old 06-28-2008, 07:07 PM   #5
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From what I hear the front would cause more problems than it is worth, so I think I will go with a locker in the rear.

Any advise on which one. Would a lunch box in the rear axle work OK?

If so which one? Is anyone making a locker for the jk yet?

How do I know what axle I have? I know what gears I have they were on the invoice.
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if you only drive in 2H on the road you will not notice a lunchbox locker in the front.
but you shouldn´t drive fast on the street in 4H with a lunchbox in the front. that could cause some problems (big turning circle, it could become very hard to turn the steering wheel).

in the rear a lunchbox locker is also ok. but take a bit more care on the road in rain. when a wheel spins it could be that the rear breaks away earlier than before.
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Not sure which one or even what is being sold for the JK's yet. If you rear axle has a metal drain plug you have the dana 44, congrats. If not then dana 35, guessing the ID is still the same on JK's. I would contact one of the vendor on here about what lockers work best in the JK. You might try absoluteoffroad.com as I know they have done testing with various JK parts etc. As for gears, see if there is a tag on the diff.

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