Help, would like to add a rear locker to a Sahara??
I'd Like to add a rear locker to my '10 Sahara and I was wondering since it has the same rear end as the Rubicon, can I just install the actuator cable or do I need the locker for the transfer case as well?
While all JKs have a Dana 44 rear end, their innards are completely different from X and Sahara to Rubi!!!! You don't have the locker inside the rear end.. and the transfer case has nothing to do with the locker.
Why do you want a locker, what you plan to be doing with the Jeep will determine if you need a locker and what type. There are permanent lockers (wheels locked all the time, not for street use) air lockers, (like ARB locker, need a compressor to activate them, about $800 plus the compressor) Electrical lockers (like Eaton Elockers or ECTED about $700 to $900), manual lockers (like OX lockers, about $800) auto lockers/mechanical limited slip lockers (like PowerTrax No-slip or Detroit Tru-Trac $450 to $600)
And you need to know your gear ratio as it can be different parts for some ratios. Not sure if anyone makes a locker for the stock 3:21 ratio. I have 3:73 on my 08 X with the factory limited slip rear end.
I've got the 3:73 tow package as well with the factory limited slip and thought the electric or manual lockers might come in handy. Plan on doing some light to medium wheeling in central PA.
Between the factory limited slip and the JK's electronic BAS system, (it brakes any wheel that is slipping to move torque to another wheel) you should be fine for light wheeling. For medium wheeling my plan is to add a Detroit Tru-Trac or something similar to the front diff. I doubt I would need more than that for what I do.
Welcome and congrats on your new Wrangler.
You might just want to spend some time in it and try it out slowly. With the OEM Trac-loc you have, it is amazing where it will go safely and easily. And automatically.
With the lockers in my Rubicon, I don't have the limited slp. There are times where the limited slip is easier and more effective than the lockers. And times when we will drive the Sahara rather that the Rubi like in snow or ice on the highway.
As you get into any off roading, friends will really help you out. I made a lot of early decisions in the past and wished I would have waited to have better information. I've had to re-do a lot of stuff because I acted too quickly.
You would be surprised what your Sahaha will do just as it is!! It is a JEEP!!!
Best of luck and have fun with your Jeep and the Mods that you might ad.
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leave nothing but 'light tread marks'."
Thanks guys, good tips, I'll Waite till I find a use for it before I get it, except a lift that just looks bad ass. Not that am one to have it just because it looks cool, I fully intend on getting it muddied up.
if you dont plan on doing alot of insane offroading i would sugges looking into detroit posi systems this way you dot need to worry about cables or arilines and the disengege while in a turn on blacktop by themselves. there more reliable for a daily driver in my opinon