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Old 05-14-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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Removing Locker

Picked up a new jeep and didn't know it had a locker in it and couldn't tell when I took it for a little test drive. The guy I got it from didnt tell me that it had one until I asked about it after I started having problems with the rear hopping every time I pull into a parking lot or turn at stop lights. He said it was his town driver and never had any problems until asked if it had one and then he said it did and he hated it. Anyway, I'm not a fan since I don't off road any and it's a non lifted 2.5 manual. How hard would it be to remove it? Or what is my best option?

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Old 05-15-2013, 06:51 AM   #2
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I think you would need to buy new spider gears. If your looking to get rid of that locker let me know. I've been wanting to buy one but don't have much cash around ATM. Check eBay for the spider gears, they shouldn't be that much.

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Old 05-15-2013, 07:32 AM   #3
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Swapping in new spider gears is pretty easy. Look at this thread for the locker install, and do the opposite

Extreme Novice Installing PowerTrax No-Slip, TrueTrac, Crown 4340 rear axle shafts - JeepForum.com

Sounds like he has an Aussie or similar lunchbox locker in there? Hopefully, he didn't weld the spider gears If it was hopping and not clicking...sounds like welding??? (someone with more experience, chime in here)

Before you do anything, I'd recommend you drive it for a while. You might get used to it, and a locker is good for offroad. The counterpoint to that...Many people here say that a locker in a Dana 35 axle is a bad idea, as you are more prone to break something in the axle.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:20 AM   #4
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I wouldn't mind the offroad part because I do hunt and stuff where it would come in handy, but the back end kinda hops and chirps tires every time I pull in some place, especially sonic. Can't cut it very sharp at all
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If it is a Detroit locker you will need a new carrier.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:02 AM   #6
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Okay. Guess I better just dig in and see what it is. Probably wouldn't have got the jeep if I would have known, it's just more of a pain in town driving. But when I took it for a run down the road I didnt even notice it. Hopefully it'll be something I can handle replacing.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:53 AM   #7
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It is not a big deal. It is different then just reversing the locker install though since spider gears are completely different from a locker. You will also need new thrust washers since depending on what type of locker is installed they might not be in there.

As far as driving with it, if it is an autmatic locker just let off the gas around turns and it wont be locked. Automatic lockers only engage when you have your foot on the gas, otherwise the spins freely and will click a bit. If there is a spool in it it will be locked 100% of the time. And if it is a selectable locker, then somewhere there is a mechanism to disengage it. The only one bad on road is the spool. The other you just need to understand how they work and everything will be fine.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:55 AM   #8
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really sounds like the spider gears are welded. pull the cover and take a look.
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Yeah, it even hops when I put it in neutral with the clutch out and cut it.
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really sounds like the spider gears are welded. pull the cover and take a look.
yeah either that or you got a spool in there. Those setups are offroad only
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:31 AM   #11
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I'll try to open jt up and take some pics to post up
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:41 PM   #12
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Don't get too frustrated with the rear axle issue - it will get fixed, and shouldn't be too difficult. There's a great deal of experience on here to help.
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Yeah, I figure that if it does have one or is welded there's someone out there with a stock one I could swap with or just dive in and replace the parts
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At least your axle didn't explode like mind did when I bought my 87!!!
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:37 PM   #15
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Lol, I had that happen on an 87 I had before this one. Busted and blew smoke everywhere. I drove it about 10 miles to get to work but it was making all kinds of noise.
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Yeah, I figure that if it does have one or is welded there's someone out there with a stock one I could swap with or just dive in and replace the parts
If you change the carrier out you have to re set the gears.
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If you change the carrier out you have to re set the gears.
You don't need to reset anything if you only are installing spider gears though.
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You don't need to reset anything if you only are installing spider gears though.
Yep. Lets keep our fingers crossed for a liitle luck for the op

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