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Old 01-22-2014, 03:56 PM   #1
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Installing a locker

I'm trying not to over think this, but what exactly do I need to properly install my Lock Right auto locker in my Dana 30? I have the locker. I need to get a new seals and fluid, but what else?
Someone was telling me that I'm gonna need new ring gear bolts and and possibly an extra trust washer.
I just don't want to get it all taken apart and then realize that I need to order something.
Thanks all.

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Old 01-22-2014, 05:12 PM   #2
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I'm not sure why you are starting another thread - here's your original thread:

Frtont Locker Opportunity. Need Answer Now!

Here's my post again...
"I've got that same front locker. You've already gotten some great advice.

1) At $160, it's one of the best offroad upgrades you can do.

2a) Definitely replace the seals while you are in there. I didn't (unfortunately), and 6 months later, I was tearing into the axle again to replace the seals.

2b) Buy at least one extra seal - there's a good chance you will mess one up. If not, then just return the extra seals.

2c) The Dana 30 front seals aren't easy or fun to replace. There are a PITA.

3) You will have to remove the carrier.

4) You will probably also have to remove the ring gear, in order to remove the cross pin. Your gear ratio will determine whether you need to remove the ring gear or not. (HINT, fill out your Jeep profile!)

5) Buy new ring gear bolts if you have to remove it. (try JEGS - they have free shipping)

6) I had to install an extra thrust washer to get my Lock Right within the gap spec. You might want to buy an extra set of thrust washers ahead of time. I bought mine from East Coast Gear Supply. They aren't expensive - less than $10 with shipping.

7) You may want to consider a passenger side XJ or TJ shaft upgrade at the same time. I haven't done this yet, but am considering it. This will affect your seal selection on the passenger side."

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:27 PM   #3
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What stan said.

You don't need a new thrust washer cause its on the pinion gear and you aren't changing that. However, you might need some extra shims to get the carrier lined back up. The new locker should have come with a new set of ring gear bolts in the box, if it didn't then you need new.

Some of the things not mentioned is the right tools...

You need a 6 point 36mm impact socket to fit the axle nuts, a 12 point 12mm socket to fit the 3 bolts on the back of the caliper bracket. And a pickle fork to take apart the tie rod ends. Tie rods need to be removed in order for clearance to get the differential out of the housing. A good pair of jack stands that are large enough to hold the jeep up by placing them on the frame just behind the front leaf springs.
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I'm not sure why you are starting another thread"
I thank you for all of your advice. It's nice to have multiple options before starting a multi hour project.
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