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Old 08-09-2007, 12:46 AM   #1
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Aussie locker

Has anybody on here ran the Aussie lockers? This is my DD, and will see some trail riding, a little sand pit action, and maybe a hill or two. After spending 8 hours washing it again Sunday, it probally wont be seeing any mud in the near future. In Florida, the odds of mountain climbing and rock crawling are pretty slim. Any opinions on this Aussie locker for mild use?
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I run a lock right up front which is virtually the exact same as the Aussie. It would be a good choice if you are looking for a relatively cheap way to gain a traction device.

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Old 08-09-2007, 01:54 AM   #3
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I'm going to install one when I get the time and money. I've heard nothing but good things from lots of people.
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Cool, I guess I'll try a pair of them, and see how they do.
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umm a pair?, i owuld suggest jus tthe front for better on road driving and if your gonna lock the back then a limited slip for the rear or a manual locker, but for the front they're awesome!
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The only reason I wouldn't put auto lockers front and rear would be if you lived in a climate that had snow and ice part of the year. Mack lives in Florida, so he would have no concern. I live in Arizona, I'm locked f&r. I'm not concerned.

Now you on the other hand living in Mass, you would want selectable lockers due to the extreme weather you have to drive in.
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even for the front?
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I am planning on an Aussie up front and when I regear, I will go with the Detroit in the rear D44.

Everyone that I have spoken to that run Aussie's love them.
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even for the front?
You could get away with having an auto locker up front for the majority of the year. However when you put it in 4wd in the snow then it's going to cause you more grief than help.
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hmm i guess ill spend my money on getting better flex then so my tires dont lose contact!
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So auto locker in front = bad in snow.
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So auto locker in front = bad in snow.
Only if you have it in 4wd.
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Only if you have it in 4wd.
Mostly true. Even with it in 2 WD through a turn it could lock up from the slide. Rare but I have had it happen. Also I have an Aussie in my 8.8 and love it.
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so if I were to put an aussie in front, but from what this board is saying (I live in oregon, where is sometimes snows and rains like a M/F) is that for my conditions I shouldn't do it if I like to go and play durring the times that its fun? what would you recommend for the rear D35? I've heard from different people that no locker should go in back cause its not a strong enough axle???
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You are correct on the rear Dana 35c axle not being strong enough for a locker.

In the front, an auto locker like a No-Slip (which has the best manners) or a Lockrite/Aussie (essentially the exact same locker) are fine until you shift into 4Hi or 4Low. Only on a really slick icy surface could a front automatic locker potentially cause problems in 2wd. It'd be fine on roads that are simply wet from rain so long as you remain in 2wd.
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so in my situation its not a good idea to run that locker? should I just save up and get something better? what would reccomend?

sorry that I just hi-jacked the thread.
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For area's that see a significant amount of snow/ice in the winter a selectable locker is going to be your best and safest bet. Something like an ARB, Ox, Eaton, etc....
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Old 08-12-2007, 03:45 PM   #18
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k so I'll wait
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It would be for the best. Hell even in 2wd if I stomp it and down shift hard my rear locker will try and dictate what lane I'm in.

They are more expensive, but if I lived in any other part of the country and still wheeled then I would have selectable lockers front and rear.
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Old 08-12-2007, 06:57 PM   #20
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so if I wanted something in a realistic price range...
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Hey Fox, don't let anyone tell you should'nt run a locker in a 35. I ran lockers (Lock Rights front & rear)in my XJs' 35 for 5 years with no problems, but only with 33's, you've just gotta drive smart. In fact, personally I would'nt run anything more expensive than a lunchbox locker in a 35. If you're gonna go bigger than a 33,upgrade your axle and spend more money on a locker. Also, I would put a locker in the rear first, the rear does more work, if you're playing hard then give it some help. Run one in the front too, I did. You may have some small quirks, but they are manageable, and you a can't beat the added traction off road.

Now, if you live where you will must drive in snow on the pavement, then all bets are off. That's where a selectable is best concerning the pavement.
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ya I like to go up in the hills when it snows and around here I usually take a trip up to washington around the time when black Ice and snow are on the road so maybe I should just wait and get a selectable.
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Hey Fox, don't let anyone tell you should'nt run a locker in a 35. I ran lockers (Lock Rights front & rear)in my XJs' 35 for 5 years with no problems, but only with 33's, you've just gotta drive smart. In fact, personally I would'nt run anything more expensive than a lunchbox locker in a 35. If you're gonna go bigger than a 33,upgrade your axle and spend more money on a locker. Also, I would put a locker in the rear first, the rear does more work, if you're playing hard then give it some help. Run one in the front too, I did. You may have some small quirks, but they are manageable, and you a can't beat the added traction off road.

Now if you live where you will must drive in snow on the pavement, then all bets are off. That's where a selectable is best concerning the pavement.
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OK, correct me if I'm wrong, but doesnt the Aussie free wheel like a open diff, unless under load? I do have rain from hell in hurricane season, but I never use 4 wheel on the pavement. Rereading this, it's starting to sound more like a spool. I have a spool in my 14 bolt rear on my mud truck, and it gets hairy driving around a curve in the rain.
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Whats the cheapest selectible locker?
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Mac...... I have Aussies in both stock axles on my '92 YJ with 33x12.50's and wouldn't have anything else. I love them and they are really quiet. I have had zero problems with them for the three years that they have been installed and I have been to Tellico twice, Morris Mtn ORV earlier this year and going back there this month. Don't let folks tell you not to install them in D35's they will do fine. What you have to realize is that if you go on a trail expecting to break something you will. I don't go on anything so extreme that I break things but I still have fun

I got lockers directly from torqemasters for about $230 each.

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Thanks Wild Bill. I've been trying to order them from Northridge, but nobody answered the phone today. If I don't get a answer in the morning, I'll call torqmaster direct. I was trying to buy from someone I'd heard about on this forum.
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Thanks Wild Bill. I've been trying to order them from Northridge, but nobody answered the phone today. If I don't get a answer in the morning, I'll call torqmaster direct. I was trying to buy from someone I'd heard about on this forum.
Check out www.absoluteoffroadphx.com. Joe is a board sponsor and has done a lot of work for people on this forum. Give him a call at the shop, I'm sure he can get whatever you need ordered for you at a fair price.
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Oops, I'll try him next time then. I ordered a pair from David @ Northridge today. Since Joe is a sponser, I'll check and see what he's got for me, and save him to my favorites.
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Oops, I'll try him next time then. I ordered a pair from David @ Northridge today. Since Joe is a sponser, I'll check and see what he's got for me, and save him to my favorites.
I'm sure you won't be disappointed with them. When I installed mine my buddies helping me had installed "Other" brands in their jeeps and were impressed by the quality and the beefer parts. One now has since changed rear axle to an 8.8 and he just bought an Aussie for it.

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