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Old 10-06-2007, 01:20 AM   #1
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Which 100% Selectable Locker ?

Hallo,

i´ve got some bonus money from a customer for a very good job this week.
Now i want to buy 100% selectable Lockers instead of the True Tracs.
But Which one?
I think I don´t want the expensive ARB locker with it´s expensive air compressor.
Is there another one that´s good and a bit cheaper?

What´s about the OX locker? Or the Auburn Ected? Or the Eaton E locker?

Is the ARB Locker really worth the extra money (the lockers are more expensive and you need a compressor)?

How are the OX lockers installed with the long cables...? Pics?

Please post your experiences.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-06-2007, 06:50 AM   #2
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in that case I personally would go OX..

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Old 10-06-2007, 08:45 AM   #3
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I would say ox or arb but i've always woundered if the electric lockers were good.
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Old 10-06-2007, 03:51 PM   #4
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Old 10-07-2007, 09:50 AM   #5
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gear lube, gasket sealant, and someone who knows how to setup gears. other than that i'd say you have everything covered.

i mounted my air compressor on the ABS mounting plate under the hood - it's located between your brake booster and the fender. perfect spot for keeping it out of the way but putting the nuts on the mount bolts from under the mounting plate requires a few extensions and lots of manuevering. oh, this place won't work if you DO have ABS...i just got lucky since i opted out of the ABS when i ordered my jeep.

when you run the blue air line make sure you leave the full length installed. this will make it easier to make trail repairs down the road. if you rip a hose out of the top of your differential, you can just loosen up extra hose, slide it down in place, cut off a nice smooth end onto the hose, and install with spare hose ferrules and nuts (keep in your jeep). you can have it all looped/zip-tied in place up by the compressor to have it looking nice and clean.
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on another note, with that ARB compressor you can also run one of the air-engaging/disengaging anti-swaybars that are on the market. you may have to plumb another air manifold for a place to hook up the air line too, but at least you won't need to buy another source of air pressure to run them.

here's one version - http://www.offroadonly.com/products/...oc/index.shtml
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Old 10-07-2007, 11:54 PM   #7
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*2 vote for the ARB. Only time I've had any trouble is when my rig bottomed out in the back hard enough that it snapped the air line. Not fun.

Would recommend that when you wire yours, wire the front and back independantly. Mine was wired so that for the front to work, the back must be on. Well, when the back's air line broke, it basically took out the whole system (front and back). Would have been nice to throw the front's switch on and leave the back off till I got back to camp.
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I've had real good luck with my ARB's both front and rear. I've heard good things about OX but the only bad thing about OX is that there have been issues with the cable not engaging the locker but that is happening less and less with the new versions of that particular locker
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only time ive seen arbs not work is in REALLY cold conditions.
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Nicolas, ARB's are great. But they do take some care with installation and setting them up. I would suggest when you do have them installed that you find someone over there that has done them before. With the routing of the air lines in there and all of the little things it can be a tricky job and most of the ARB failures I have seen come from bad installs.
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i´ll only install the compressor, the switches and the electrical wiring.
the other things wil be done by a professional jeep garage.
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i´ll only install the compressor, the switches and the electrical wiring.
the other things wil be done by a professional jeep garage.
I'm even meaning going to the point of making sure they have done ARB installs before. They can be tricky as hell to get setup correctly.
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I'm even meaning going to the point of making sure they have done ARB installs before. They can be tricky as hell to get setup correctly.
they install dozens of ARB lockers every monthy for many years. they are a bit expensive but one of the best offroad garages here in germany.



BTW:

i ordered the new high output ARB compressor.
http://www.4by4connection.com/arbhiouairco.html
specifications: http://www.arbusa.com/air_compressor/specifications.pdf

it fills up four 35x12.5x15 tires from 15 to 30 psi in less than 12 minutes.
ans it can run 30 minutes non-stop instead of the expensive viair 400c.
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they install dozens of ARB lockers every monthy for many years. they are a bit expensive but one of the best offroad garages here in germany.



BTW:

i ordered the new high output ARB compressor.
http://www.4by4connection.com/arbhiouairco.html
specifications: http://www.arbusa.com/air_compressor/specifications.pdf

it fills up four 35x12.5x15 tires from 15 to 30 psi in less than 12 minutes.
ans it can run 30 minutes non-stop instead of the expensive viair 400c.
Sounds good Nicolas. You should be in great shape.

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