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Old 07-25-2010, 10:20 PM   #1
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axle locking

I just purchased a stock 2006 Rubicon with an automatic transmission. Can someone explain how and when to use the axle locks. I only know what I've read in the owner's manual. Off-road techniques, strategies, personal experiences?

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Old 07-25-2010, 10:52 PM   #2
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The manual will tell you how to make it work not when to use it. You want to lock them under VERY poor traction conditions but never on hard surfaces. Locking the front will make turning feel funny as the inside tire can't slip. I always lock mine before I think I'll need them because sometimes they can take some time before they will lock and the light will stop flashing. Front and rear can be used together or separately. When I engage mine I make sure I'm moving VERY VERY slowly to avoid "slamming" the system. Hope that helps. What part of CA?

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Thanks for the info. Bakersfield.
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I'm pretty sure the rear has to be locked before the front will lock on a Rubi unless the switches have been tinkered with. 99% positive on that one, but I don't have a Rubi so...

As far as techniques go, experience is the best teacher. Get out and have some fun. But like 03Rubi said, don't lock it up on pavement - that's just asking for problems.

General techniques: There is no such thing as too slow.
Best strategies: Don't get stuck and keep the wheels on the ground.
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