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Old 08-01-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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How do Aussie lockers work? What are their pros and cons? If I use an Aussie locker up front in my D30 for a daily driver am I going to have problems? What locker is good for a daily driver that I can install myself? I ask since yesterday I got stuck in the mud. If my front was posi or locked and not open I would not have been stuck. Unfortunately the tire that had traction would hardly move while the one with no traction spun like crazy.

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How do Aussie lockers work? What are their pros and cons? If I use an Aussie locker up front in my D30 for a daily driver am I going to have problems? What locker is good for a daily driver that I can install myself? I ask since yesterday I got stuck in the mud. If my front was posi or locked and not open I would not have been stuck. Unfortunately the tire that had traction would hardly move while the one with no traction spun like crazy.
Aussie is well my friend had one in his Cherokee and it would lock going around turns he took it out and put a spool in instead. But a locker in the front and rear or just front what r u lookin for? I wouldn't buy aussie just because of that but im sure others run them just fine

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i put a spartan in last weekend. i have yet to test it out offroad but as far as on the road it has done fine, occasionally i hear a pop, but thats about it. its silent going around turns. id say the hardest part was getting the bolts off of the carrier once we had it out
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Aussie is well my friend had one in his Cherokee and it would lock going around turns he took it out and put a spool in instead. But a locker in the front and rear or just front what r u lookin for? I wouldn't buy aussie just because of that but im sure others run them just fine
He switched out an aussie for a spool because it locked around turns...?

Because that makes sense

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How do Aussie lockers work? What are their pros and cons? If I use an Aussie locker up front in my D30 for a daily driver am I going to have problems? What locker is good for a daily driver that I can install myself? I ask since yesterday I got stuck in the mud. If my front was posi or locked and not open I would not have been stuck. Unfortunately the tire that had traction would hardly move while the one with no traction spun like crazy.

To the OP...I just put and Aussie in the front of my TJ and it works quite well. It is relatively quiet. In sharp turns however it will make a ratcheting noise which is no big deal.

Pros:
Cheaper than a full case locker
Easier to install
Good road manners up front

Cons:
Weaker than a full case locker
Cause of possible understeer in snowy/icy conditions
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He switched out an aussie for a spool because it locked around turns...?

Because that makes sense

To the OP...I just put and Aussie in the front of my TJ and it works quite well. It is relatively quiet. In sharp turns however it will make a ratcheting noise which is no big deal.

Pros:
Cheaper than a full case locker
Easier to install
Good road manners up front

Cons:
Weaker than a full case locker
Cause of possible understeer in snowy/icy conditions
Yea lock but a spool is always locked so its no guessing when its gonna lock up
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Yea lock but a spool is always locked so its no guessing when its gonna lock up
I am assuming this was in the rear as well. The OP is looking for one for the front D30 where its not going to have the same ill effects as the rear would. Plus, spools are hard on tires.
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I am assuming this was in the rear as well. The OP is looking for one for the front D30 where its not going to have the same ill effects as the rear would. Plus, spools are hard on tires.
Yeah I want something that is going to be fine on the highway and concrete, but give me full traction up front on the trails. It does snow where I live and ice sometimes so if there is a better solution I will be able to control in the winter I would be glad to hear it.
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I am assuming this was in the rear as well. The OP is looking for one for the front D30 where its not going to have the same ill effects as the rear would. Plus, spools are hard on tires.
I agree my next mod will be Dana 44's and arb lockers
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Yeah I want something that is going to be fine on the highway and concrete, but give me full traction up front on the trails. It does snow where I live and ice sometimes so if there is a better solution I will be able to control in the winter I would be glad to hear it.
Any selectable locker will provide you with a fully locked differential when activated or an open locker when deactivated (ARB, OX, ECTED, etc)
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Detroit? Spartan?
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Detroit? Spartan?
the detroit is a full case locker, not a lunch box locker like the sparten, aussie, etc. that means while it will be much stronger, it will take more work to install.
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I locked my rear with a Spartan locker, it has some quirks like accelerating on a clover to get on highway can be fun if you punch it hard. It wants to go straight really fast which is scary since I am trying to turn. I changed my driving style to account for this:-).

I also want to lock my front with a Spartan. How does it work there. My thought is it would be better since I have a split axle on my dana 30. If I am thinking correctly, I get a poor mans selectible locker. Only issue would be if I was driving in snow and wanted 4x4.

Am I thinking correctly on this?
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:13 AM   #13
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If you still have the two piece axle up front when not in 4x4 it will still push the front end and suck for gas mileage. When you put it in 4x4 it will be locked up front, unless you have done a posi lock. Being locked in the front is bad for road driving....good for off road except when trying to turn. The posi lock helps so it will disengage one front wheel and make it easy to turn. Or the cheep way is to put a solenoid in the vacuum port that operates the front axle and put a switch on it. With the 2 piece axle when locked up front those two pieced will flex and break the aluminum shift fork in the axle so keep a spare.....
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I run an aussie up front in my YJ disco 30. On paved roads in 2wd you will not notice it, other than maybe some clicking if you make a sharp turn, this is normal and just the teeth of the unit running past each other. you would get more of this sound if you have a done the 1pc axle swap say from a TJ as that side would also be turning with force as well. As for driving with ANY full time locker OR a selectable that is turned ON in a front axle on a snow covered road, it can be difficult to steer to the point that in my case I would just put it back in 2wd unless conditions were so bad I needed 4wd. On the trail, as with any full time locker making tight turns is a bit harder, however if you have a stick you can clutch and move. its not bad. Auto can take a bit more time, but not bad. As for mpg going down, everything that was turning prior to the locker is still turning and nothing new is turning, while i am sure there might be some additional force from the locker I doubt its that much more in 2wd than the spider gears. I get about 16mpg on the highway with 33's and 4.10's w. 4.OL. i also run a Detroit rear axle. As for the shift fork being a weak link, any thing can bust, however the u-joint in most cases is the 1st weak link to blow, and if your lucky will not take out the yoke ears. either way not a bad idea to carry spares.
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Just got my Aussie Locker - hope to have it in within the next couple of weeks. Any suggestions or advice on the install? From everything I've read, I believe it's going to be relatively easy (I HOPE)
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I locked my rear with a Spartan locker, it has some quirks like accelerating on a clover to get on highway can be fun if you punch it hard. It wants to go straight really fast which is scary since I am trying to turn. I changed my driving style to account for this:-).

I also want to lock my front with a Spartan. How does it work there. My thought is it would be better since I have a split axle on my dana 30. If I am thinking correctly, I get a poor mans selectible locker. Only issue would be if I was driving in snow and wanted 4x4.

Am I thinking correctly on this?
YES>>> you are correct there. Aussie is ABSOLUTELY silent with the disco axle in 2wd. 4wd.....yeah its noticeable
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Just got my Aussie Locker - hope to have it in within the next couple of weeks. Any suggestions or advice on the install? From everything I've read, I believe it's going to be relatively easy (I HOPE)
well how about posting results & experiences when done??? getting ready to install my aussie also.

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