I am about to get an aussie locker for christmas!! was wondering if anyone has experience with a FRONT aussie locker in snow and ice on paved roads? Have heard good and bad so would love the truth lol, and I'm a reserved driver. Thanks in advanced
Here's my strongest possible opinion... if you have to use 4x4 to get where you need to go when you're on paved roads that are slick with ice, I would not install an Aussie, Lockrite, No-Slip, or EZ-Locker into your front axle. If you can stay in 2wd, then fine.
But when you're in 4Hi or 4Lo, a front locker can be a real handful on paved roads that are slick from ice or snow. Especially if you have to carry your family around in it.
If you're in those conditions and require 4x4 to get around on a daily basis, I'd stick with (and save up a little longer for) a selectable locker.
Yes they help a LOT when you're offroad but on slick (icy etc.) road surfaces when you have to be in 4Hi to get home at night or get to work in the morning, I'd be very wary of installing any lunchbox locker into your front axle.
Gone wheeling, back late sunday... Remember that having a different opinion doesn't also require one to be a jerk when expressing it.
Aren't you worried you're going to break them with lockers?
The Dana 30 is fine locked probably even up to 35's. I think the hype on the weak Dana 35 had been blown way out of proportion. I just got home from wheeling two bad a$$ canyons with my Dana 30/35 locked on 33's. and I have been wheeling like that since input them in. I did add the chromoly axles with the rear locker but its still 27 spline. I wheeled with a guy with open front and LSD rear today and its a huge difference on what we could do and how much easier it was for me with the lockers. Lockers are amazing.
Southern New Mexico
My Jeep is no longer my daily driver so I had no worries about driving on ice with it. If I do drive in snow in 4wd, it'll be because there's 12"+ on the ground and I'm just out having fun on side streets. My Jeep is now becoming a trail rig only and weekend fun driver because I was sick of the $120 a week in gas I was spending for my commute to and from work. If I lived in an area that has snow all winter long and had to rely in it to get around, I would have saved up for the ARB and put it in the rear axle first (D44).
When I do get my regear, I'll likely go F/R ARB done at the same time.