Looking for a locker, Aussie, Ox, etc that is fairly inexpensive that I can put in by myself. What axle is best, front or rear?
Whats your level of expertise, and what do you consider inexpensive? I'd do the rear axle, unless it was a dana 35, then I'd do the front axle while looking for a replacement for the rear like an 8.8 or 44.
You could lock both axles with aussies for the money spent on 1 ox
Putting a Big Bore and cams in a Harley is not the same as setting up a rear end.If it was the Twin cam it is a pretty simple bolt on job.You will have to set up the end play and backlash on the ring and pinion if you go with OX,Detroit Locker,or Arb.If you haven't done this before find someone who has.The lunchbox lockers such as the Aussie are fairly easy to install.Bill
It all depends on what you are looking to do with it. If you are just looking for a little more traction and are not going to go crazy with it, you will be fine with the D30 and D35. If, however, you are looking to rock crawl with the setup, I'd suggest beefing up the D35 to at least a Super 35 setup (is what I run).
Biggest thing is:
Originally Posted by Demodave
Not wanting to spend more than $500
THAT(!) is your decision maker. Is that $500 total or each? You mentioned you'll be driving in the snow. Selectable lockers (like ARB or Ox) are just about a must, but your price tag may not allow it (around $750 to $800/ea). If you must have a locker at that total price, you should start with a lunchbox locker. They can be found online for $250-$275/ea. (like here for example)
Here is an interesting argument about Detroit vs Spool's on slippery surfaces.
04 Sahara, with a lift, some stuff, and a few things, on some 33's, blah, blah, blah.
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heres my personal opinion if we're into more opinions of overall build direction, keep the D35, stay with the 31's untill they are worn out, then go to 32's and 3" of lift, u can still keep the D35 with that as long as u are careful, right now, get the aussie locker in the front, but dont use 4WD in the winter, or more likely, when you do go slow and be careful around turns and such. (basicly pretend like your driving a RWD VW and not a 4WD jeep)
then when you are ready to get a ford 8.8 or something to replace the D35 go whole hog and get a OX locker in that, then ditch the front aussie and go with just the rear locker, or if you find that there is no problem in the snow wiht the aussie in front then keep it!
Whose got good prices on a Super 35?
And should I Ox the front first, or replace the rear with the super 35 first?
Can't do both at once....
Again, it goes back to the question of what are you planning, in the long run, to do with the rig? If you want to comp rock crawl, you'll go in one direction, if you just ride around town, you'll go in another.
Originally Posted by Redrubicon2004
OX the front, then ditch the 35. Dont spend money on it! Any money you put into it is a waste, including changing the fluid. I would also replace the BFG AT's with MT's. The difference will amaze you, unless you are only wheelin on rocks.
Dude. Here's an example: I run a super 35 and d30 with ARB and 4.10's in both. I run 35's with a 5.5" lift, have a 4.0L with a STaK 3 speed, a ton of other crap, and crawl the hell out of it. I have a final crawl ratio of 90:1 and have never had a lick of trouble with any of the setup.