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Old 08-07-2014, 05:57 PM   #1
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dana 44 lockers

Hey guys I was curious to see what lockers you're using in your dana 44s. Not trying to spend too much but open to all options. My rear end has the trac lok which obviously doesn't cut it if you want to do some serious wheeling

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Old 08-07-2014, 06:18 PM   #2
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On my bow tie powered cj7 with 44s front and rear I run Detroit lockers with 3:73 and 33 inch tires.

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Old 08-07-2014, 06:26 PM   #3
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On my bow tie powered cj7 with 44s front and rear I run Detroit lockers with 3:73 and 33 inch tires.
Perfect I was looking at detroit lockers and im not planning any larger than a 33 when I put a 4 inch lift on
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:30 PM   #4
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I am running Detroit on the rear on 33's and couldn't be happier with the performance of that locker, although I am running ARB on the front. The thought process being that if any part of the air system fails I still have full mechanical locker. Better to have one locker than none.
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Are we talking front or rear? Whats your planned budget?
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I also run a Detroit in my D44 with 4.88s. I've installed Detroits in three of my wranglers and they have already functioned well. Personally I wouldn't consider any other type of locker.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:31 PM   #7
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I am running Detroit on the rear on 33's and couldn't be happier with the performance of that locker, although I am running ARB on the front. The thought process being that if any part of the air system fails I still have full mechanical locker. Better to have one locker than none.
True it's good to have one at least thats mechanical just in case. I think im going to have detroit on both front and rear but Im going to wait until I get the 44 front. I know the 30 is half way decent but I've heard from many that locking it can just cause more problems than its worth
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Are we talking front or rear? Whats your planned budget?
I was talking rear but I will buy a 44 front soon enough so that will be locked too. Budget wise as far as the lockers is somewhere around $1500 for both.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:34 PM   #9
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OX cable lockers front and rear.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:47 PM   #10
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98 sport 44 rear 30 front 455/456 33 inch and ARB front and back
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OX cable lockers front and rear.
I've heard good things about OX. I'll check those out as well
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I am running Detroit on the rear on 33's and couldn't be happier with the performance of that locker, although I am running ARB on the front. The thought process being that if any part of the air system fails I still have full mechanical locker. Better to have one locker than none.
I'm running ARB's in my 98TJ.. Dana 30/35 with 4.88's turning 35's..

Although I do carry an air line repair kit, haven't needed it yet.. The ones I wheel with that run air lockers have never had a compressor fail yet either..

It doesn't matter if your running Air, Electric, or Mechanical.. If it fails it fails!

This was a couple weeks ago.. Rear Detroit failed, front one couldn't handle the added stress.. He rolled back into a rock and laid it over! That's an FJ with 1 ton axels turning 41's

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Run the best you can afford, run what you like, you can always upgrade! I'm happy with my ARB's but other guys I wheel with are happy with what they have as well!
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:40 AM   #13
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I run a detroit in my rear 44 with 488 gears turning 35" tires.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:27 AM   #14
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Many options but if you drive much in snow especially if less experienced family members do then selectable that can be run as open diffs are more predictable
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I'm running ARB's in my 98TJ.. Dana 30/35 with 4.88's turning 35's..

Although I do carry an air line repair kit, haven't needed it yet.. The ones I wheel with that run air lockers have never had a compressor fail yet either..

It doesn't matter if your running Air, Electric, or Mechanical.. If it fails it fails!

This was a couple weeks ago.. Rear Detroit failed, front one couldn't handle the added stress.. He rolled back into a rock and laid it over! That's an FJ with 1 ton axels turning 41's

Run the best you can afford, run what you like, you can always upgrade! I'm happy with my ARB's but other guys I wheel with are happy with what they have as well!
True that no matter what you have failure is failure. Hope your buddy is okay never good to see wheels up like that
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I ran a Detroit Locker in my rear Dana 44 for 120k miles and loved it. That Jeep was stolen & I now run Rubicon selectable lockers... I'd rather have my Detroit Locker back.

And don't worry about ARB Air Locker air line or compressor problems on the trail. That is a superb locker that when installed by an experienced ARB locker installer, is totally reliable on the trail. Most of the hard-core competitors run either Detroit Lockers or ARB Air Lockers without problem. Routed where they should be run, the ARB's air lines are no more likely to get snagged or damaged than your TJ's factory installed fuel line, brake lines, wiring harnesses, etc. are
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I ran a Detroit Locker in my rear Dana 44 for 120k miles and loved it. That Jeep was stolen & I now run Rubicon selectable lockers... I'd rather have my Detroit Locker back.

And don't worry about ARB Air Locker air line or compressor problems on the trail. That is a superb locker that when installed by an experienced ARB locker installer, is totally reliable on the trail. Most of the hard-core competitors run either Detroit Lockers or ARB Air Lockers without problem. Routed where they should be run, the ARB's air lines are no more likely to get snagged or damaged than your TJ's factory installed fuel line, brake lines, wiring harnesses, etc. are
That makes sense as long as the line is properly ran under the jeep there should be no issues with snagging. I like ARB but for now thats probably a future investment. I could get 2 detroits for the price of one ARB, and unfortunately funds are a little low at the moment. I appreciate everyones input you guys are awesome
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I ran a Detroit Locker in my rear Dana 44 for 120k miles and loved it. That Jeep was stolen & I now run Rubicon selectable lockers... I'd rather have my Detroit Locker back.
Just wondering Jerry, why would you rather have your Detroit back over the selectables? I just finished installing a Detroit rear locker in my D44 and it's great, just wondering why you would rather have a Detroit and sacrifice the manners on-road.

OP, the Detroit is a great all-around locker. It teaches you how it likes to be driven and you will learn quickly not to keep on the gas through corners, anticipate locking/unlocking on the highway, etc. But for the price, you can't beat it.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:29 PM   #19
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I Plan on using Eaton/Detroit, E-Lockers front and back in my D44 Rear/D30 Front. I like the option of being locked or unlocked at certain times.
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If you are going the option of Detroits, you may conside the Yukon Grizzly. Same concept, but may save you a couple bucks (may not...just gotta check prices). We have one in the front axle of our race jeep, and it has held up great. We are just running a spool in the rear though.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:32 PM   #21
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I had a Detroit locker in the back of my 69 428 cobra jet stang and you could steer the back end with the throttle you just gave it juice until it had slid around the amount you wanted it to when you made a corner, but if you stayed on the gas the rear would end up in front
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I have an OX in the rear and ARB in the front. Both 44's on 35's. There are times when unlocking the front will actually help you get over an obstacle especially when its a bit wet and the front keeps sliding. I like the selectable in the rear for the street ability.
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I had a Detroit locker in the back of my 69 428 cobra jet stang and you could steer the back end with the throttle you just gave it juice until it had slid around the amount you wanted it to when you made a corner, but if you stayed on the gas the rear would end up in front
I wish I had a car like that I love mustangs. I would get too many tickets though and I would be going through tires like crazy haha
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Yukon Grizzly in front, ARB in rear running 37's in a TJ w/ Superior Chromoly's - No complaints with either locker.
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I Plan on using Eaton/Detroit, E-Lockers front and back in my D44 Rear/D30 Front. I like the option of being locked or unlocked at certain times.
^this...

Selectable is the way to go..

My dad ran Detroit's in all three K5's he had over the years, mud, snow, rocks, didn't matter, they work..

I run ARB's because I believe in the technology, that they are one of the best in today's market, and will continue to improve on what I believe is already a bomb proof locker..

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Had OX front and rear. While they are nice when they work, the cables are a pain in the rear to keep just right. Rear OX bit the bullet a few months ago on 35" tires and alloy shafts and damn near ruined the whole diff. Decided to shell out the dough for an ARB and I haven't looked back once and said, "Wow, I really prefer that OX." The front OX will stay as long as I have that axle. The PO spent the money to put a locker and shafts in the LP30 so I'll ride it till it dies.
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Automatic for the rear: Detroit
Automatic for the front: Aussie

Manual front/rear: Eaton Elocker, ARB air locker or OX air locker. I prefer them in that order, elocker being first.

ARB and Eaton lockers have been around for years and have proved themselves to be some of the best selectable lockers available. OX lockers are newer and most negative reviews came from their early cable engagement system. Their new air locking system looks good and I haven't heard a bad thing about it yet. Decide which one you want and go for it. You won't be sorry either way. Both ARB and Eaton recently came out with updated versions of their units. I personally run the new Eaton 4 elocker. Most of my friends who wheel run either ARB or Detroit if it's just a trail rig.
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I just put an OX in place of my rear tru lok on my dana 44. The cable isn't bad and the locker holds up a lot better than the stock air locker. There is no air collar to deal with in the diff. I also switched to 35 spline alloy G2 axles. I plan to go with the same in the front.
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True it's good to have one at least thats mechanical just in case. I think im going to have detroit on both front and rear but Im going to wait until I get the 44 front. I know the 30 is half way decent but I've heard from many that locking it can just cause more problems than its worth

Another way to look at it....The locker can actually help save your D30. With more traction to both wheels you will be using less power, and less wheel spin to get over the same obstacle that unlocked that you may need to be heavy on the pedal or bump your front tires on to.

Less wheel spin, less stress, less breakage.
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Another way to look at it....The locker can actually help save your D30. With more traction to both wheels you will be using less power, and less wheel spin to get over the same obstacle that unlocked that you may need to be heavy on the pedal or bump your front tires on to.

Less wheel spin, less stress, less breakage.
Good point brother slippage and then catching is usually the killer. I might consider keeping the 30 since a lot of people say it can handle up to a 35 inch tire. but that's about its limit

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