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Old 12-01-2012, 07:07 PM   #1
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Aussie locker on ice?????

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

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Old 12-01-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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Traction on ice is all about the tires. You either need studs or chains. Nothing else gives you traction on ice.

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Great ? Just installed my front aussie lastnight. I also have a set of general at2s that were awesome last winter in the snow and hard pack.
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A front-mounted Aussie locker will be fine on ice or snow covered roads when you're in 2wd, but will cause understeer & tend to cause more sliding when you're in 4Hi or 4Lo.
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Traction on ice is all about the tires. You either need studs or chains. Nothing else gives you traction on ice.
Not looking to gain traction im looking to not loose it lol. So let me refraise, Are they dangerous to run in the front on ice or light snow in 4wd?
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A front-mounted Aussie locker will be fine on ice or snow covered roads when you're in 2wd, but will cause understeer & tend to cause more sliding when you're in 4Hi or 4Lo.
Are they worth it in your Opinion for the money? I can't really afford any other locker, Sense the aussie is $250. Thanks jear bear lol.
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Are they worth it in your Opinion for the money? I can't really afford any other locker, Sense the aussie is $250. Thanks jear bear lol.
Yes. They make a huge difference in offroad performance. They do more for performance than any other mod I've done so far.

Would I rather have an ARB? Of course I would, but this was something I could do in my driveway immediately without having to save up to get the ARB and pay to have it installed.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:52 PM   #8
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Yes. They make a huge difference in offroad performance. They do more for performance than any other mod I've done so far.

Would I rather have an ARB? Of course I would, but this was something I could do in my driveway immediately without having to save up to get the ARB and pay to have it installed.
Awesome thanks man!!
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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.
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agreed with Jerry, but if your getting it then do it, but id also put a limited slip like a trutrack or similar in back. you'll be less likely to need 4wd then, and it will help you that much more.
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Great ? Just installed my front aussie lastnight. I also have a set of general at2s that were awesome last winter in the snow and hard pack.
What axels do you have?
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D30 front 35 rear
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D30 front 35 rear
Aren't you worried you're going to break them with lockers?
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Aren't you worried you're going to break them with lockers?
The D30 can handle a locked 35" tire fine. Its a pretty stout axle. The D35 is notoriously weak though.
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Aren't you worried you're going to break them with lockers?
The front d30 can handle 35s and a locker just fine if built right. Stock d35 not so much.
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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.
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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.

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