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Old 08-16-2007, 12:31 PM   #31
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An auto locker, any type, is great up front even without locking hubs. As said earlier, it's not great in an environment where you'll be road driving in compact snow and ice. Rear units are fine but not front.
That said, I'd never put an Aussie/Lock Right or EZ Locker in a rear axle. The reason? They wear. Unlike a full Detroit, the lunch box lockers (except No Slip) all wear every time they unlock to corner. The only exception would be if this were a temporary application. Then I'd just recommend cheap.
Selectable lockers have their own issues. If you're concerned about steering being difficult with an auto locker up front, you're going to hate a selectable. Yes, unlocked they're easier, but locked, much harder and frequently a steering pump/box upgarde is required.
Mentioned earlier was debate on if you should modify your D35. My vote is NO!!! You'll get people in here telling you blah blah blah mine has worked for years..... The fact is, if you continue to wheel you'll upgrade your axle. Don't add money to something that you'll never be able to recover. Have you ever heard someone regret doing a 44, 8.8 or other instead of keeping their D35? You'll hear lots of regrets on this board but you won't hear someone say that they wish they had kept their Dana 35.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:54 PM   #32
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I'm usually pretty good about planning for my rigs. I've had a few to upgrade so I know how expensive a "just popped into my head idea" is. I usually try to do everything right the first time and not make those mistakes. thus is the reason why you ask questions and read repports about the different products. I want to get the best equiptment for my rig cause I don't want to be out stuck on a trail waiting for someone to come find me. I think I will wait on a selectable locker just for the reason of the ice and snow factor. I love to ski and go up and play in the mountians when it snows and if its gonna leave me at a disadvantage than its not worth it.

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Old 08-16-2007, 03:23 PM   #33
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I have been running Aussies front and rear for almost two years and love em. I pulled the rear one out this past spring to replace the seals and bearings on my 8.8 and didn't notice much wear on the Aussie. Great product.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:11 PM   #34
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8.8's are known to have very weak open cases. One of the major drawbacks to the lunch box locker is it's propensity to fracture the factory open case or break the cross pin. In the case of the 8.8, the differential case is a very weak piece and is not usually considered a good candidate for a lunch box locker.
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8.8's are known to have very weak open cases. One of the major drawbacks to the lunch box locker is it's propensity to fracture the factory open case or break the cross pin. In the case of the 8.8, the differential case is a very weak piece and is not usually considered a good candidate for a lunch box locker.
I am well aware of the weakness in the carrier. However seeing that I am running 35's and not much of a skinny pedal freak I should be more than ok. I have a spare carrier ready to go in case it should happen someday.
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Thats why I was a little nervous about getting this type locker for my D30 and D35. I came from a world of D60 and 14 bolt's, with 6000 pound trucks. The Jeep thing is so cool so far for a DD and mild trails I've been on, I'm wondering why I didn't get one sooner. About 3 more weeks I should be geared and all locked up.
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:40 PM   #37
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I have a spare carrier ready to go in case it should happen someday.
You're ok with replacing a broken carrier and setting the backlash on the trail? Not to mention that would likely take the locker with it and leave you stranded with a perfectly good spare carrier.
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You're ok with replacing a broken carrier and setting the backlash on the trail? Not to mention that would likely take the locker with it and leave you stranded with a perfectly good spare carrier.
Jerry, I think that would be the longest day on the trail I could ever imagine.

If you cracked a case on the trail, I'd think it would at least take "Something" else out with it. Teeth on the ring gear, pinion, locker....
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Old 08-17-2007, 08:57 AM   #39
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You're ok with replacing a broken carrier and setting the backlash on the trail? Not to mention that would likely take the locker with it and leave you stranded with a perfectly good spare carrier.
Yes Jerry I am. With a Hi-Lift jack and a paperclip it is a piece of cake. It is the LS carrier I pulled out of it in the first place to put the open carrier/locker in. In an amazing stroke of luck everything happened to be perfectly in spec when swapping the carriers. If it took out the pinion I would be screwed.

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