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Old 06-07-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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2 different lockers

What's the pros and cons of having a different locker in front and back but the same gears? I've seen on Craigslist a Jeep Sport that has 4.88 gears with ARB in back and Detroit in front, it confused me as to why someone would want two different lockers.

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Old 06-07-2013, 05:37 PM   #2
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Two different lockers are as common as having them both match. To use one of your examples... a Detroit in the rear works real well, is pretty bulletproof, you don't have to remember to turn it off & on, and it is relatively well behaved. However, a front-mounted automatic locker like the Detroit Locker can sometimes impeded steering enough up front on a tight-twisty trail so you wish you could shut it off & on as needed... which is why some put selectable lockers up front like the ARB.

Other times they put a heavy-duty locker in the rear like an ARB or Detroit Locker but only need a lighter duty/less expensive locker up front like an Aussie or Lockrite. They aren't as strong but for the front which seldom sees more than about 50% of the stress a rear locker can, they are fine for most of us.

So mixes are common, as common as paired lockers are. I've had both paired & mixed lockers and both can be very good choices.

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Gears have nothing to do with locker selection. I run different ones do to cost. ARB are 1000 bucks or 2000 for both.. arb and detroit 1600.. use the 400 to help pay for other stuff.. I run a detriot in back and assuie up front.. again cost savings..
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I also have 2 different lockers,Aussie up front,Eaton out back.
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I run ARB in the rear and a lockrite in the front and never had any issues.

It's mostly money related when mixing up the lockers, like others have already said. Maybe it can do relate on what type of terrain you drive on too.
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Good to know. So my conclusion then is to get two different lockers to save money. But my question is, what's a good locker combo for 33 tires and weekend off roading? Gears unfortunately for now are stock until I get money to upgrade. And eventually to 35s.
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Is your rear axle a Dana 44 or Dana 35c?
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Is your rear axle a Dana 44 or Dana 35c?
The build sheet from Chrysler says 175mm rear axle. So I'm going to say 35.
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Did you actually look at your rear axle & compare it to the photos I posted for you to verify what you have? If the rear axle is indeed a Dana 35, it isn't strong enough for a locker.

In that case, I would only install a locker into the front axle. An Aussie, Lockright, or Powertrax No-Slip lunchbox locker would be good choices.

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