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Old 12-22-2012, 08:16 AM   #1
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Talking Air Locker VS Electric Locker

I'm in the middle of getting my Rubicon's front axle repaired/rebuilt. The question came up about replacing the OE Jeep air locker with an aftermarket electric locker. Does anyone know what hurdles may be encountered doing this or why or why not do this?

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Most of the time when the factory locker goes out it's cheaper to replace it with an aftermarket unit then a factory because the factory unit is well over 1k, while a aftermarket one is about 600 and up. I know some places recommand going with the electric becasue they are a bit cheaper to do because you have to get an air pump on top of the locker price. But if you already have a air pump on board that can power a ARB locker then you can do that route.

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I'm in the middle of getting my Rubicon's front axle repaired/rebuilt. The question came up about replacing the OE Jeep air locker with an aftermarket electric locker. Does anyone know what hurdles may be encountered doing this or why or why not do this?
Is there something wrong with the front locker itself? The Rubicon's front air locker is not known for problems. If you remove it, I'll buy it to use for a spare for my Rubicon's rear axle.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:05 AM   #4
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If you do decide to go aftermarket, I'd recommend an ARB over an Eaton ELocker. If I recall correctly--and I don't have my info in front of me right now--in a Dana44 application the ELocker is a substantially weaker design compared to the ARB.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:44 PM   #5
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The axle is being rebuilt completely. Pinion seal leaked and the whole thing seized up. Is there anything physically that would be different from the jeep brand locker with any of the others?
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Not really other than you have to use thick cut gears for lower gear ratios. It could easily be replaced by something like an ARB. But unless there is something physically wrong with it that can't be repaired, I would keep it. Or donate it to me.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:20 PM   #7
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Yeah, a little bit of everything is damaged. New locker is needed. ARB may be the way. It seems cheaper and an easier install than the Jeep OE locker. I would like to get my mitts on the old stuff just to see for myself if anything is salvageable.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:45 PM   #8
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I think Jerry is dropping you hints that he wants it
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:19 AM   #9
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Haha, I'm pretty sure it's toast.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:01 AM   #10
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yeah,agree it,The axle is being rebuilt completely. Pinion seal leaked and the whole thing seized up.

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