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Old 04-07-2013, 12:27 PM   #1
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Aussie lockers.

A buddy at work has a rachet locker in the rear axle of his yota and im wanting more details about them. I understand how they work just wanna know if putting one im both my axles would be a good idea.. im not keeping the stock axles for forever i just want a slight advantage till i have d60s and selectable lockers under my jeep. What are your opinions on the rachet lockers??

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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what's a rachet locker? On a side note i have aussie and detroit.. aussie and the like are referred to a lunch box or drop in in the jeep world. Mine has been fine in the dana 30.

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I wish one of you lunchbox locker guys would make a video so I can hear how they sound when turning
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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If you are running a d35 outback it is not advisable to lock it. Well you can but you are borrowed time.
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When funds become available i plan on throwing one upfront in my d30

Sorry for the double post, hit reply instead of edit... Doh
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what's a rachet locker? On a side note i have aussie and detroit.. aussie and the like are referred to a lunch box or drop in in the jeep world. Mine has been fine in the dana 30.
A rachet locker is in my understanding is an auto locker engaged when high torque it put through the locker.and is disengaged with low torque when disengaged and turning it clicks like a rachet.
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A rachet locker is in my understanding is an auto locker engaged when high torque it put through the locker.and is disengaged with low torque when disengaged and turning it clicks like a rachet.
again, never heard it called that.. but hey not that important... The aussie works just fine in mine.. i will say that having a full time locker be it an aussie detroit etc in the front axle and driving on snow covered roads is pain.. lots of feed back in the steering wheel as it fights for traction.. rear locker in snow much better.

As for the clicking.. it might do it in a very very tight turn.. think turning in a circle.. its just the outter end of the gear teeth running past each other, its normal..
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:38 PM   #8
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Your suggestion sounds like if doing a locker in the front it should be selectable?
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:06 PM   #9
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I wish one of you lunchbox locker guys would make a video so I can hear how they sound when turning
I have never heard mine make a noise. Spartan in my d30. Most enjoyable.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:04 PM   #10
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Unless you are in 4wd, you will never know the Aussie is in the front.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:47 PM   #11
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I wish one of you lunchbox locker guys would make a video so I can hear how they sound when turning
Barely noticeable and still I have to have the windows down. I had to turn the radio off with the window down in order to hear any clicking. When I heard it, I grinned from ear to ear though. When I first tested it offroad, I grinned even bigger making it through obstacles I had trouble with in the past. I didn't use the thicker oil to make the clicking less noticeable either. It is by far the best mod I've done so far in that it improved my performance greater for the cost.
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Ok I fitted an Aussie locker to my 2006 4.0 and I have a tight U-turn to make just before my house, almost full lock right, if I do this at any more than a crawl the front wheels feel like they are binding up. Has anyone experanced this or have I done something wrong during the install?
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Ok I fitted an Aussie locker to my 2006 4.0 and I have a tight U-turn to make just before my house, almost full lock right, if I do this at any more than a crawl the front wheels feel like they are binding up. Has anyone experanced this or have I done something wrong during the install?
What you are experiencing is not normal if your rig is in 2wd.
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Your suggestion sounds like if doing a locker in the front it should be selectable?
If you have the cash, selectable is absolutely the way to go. The lunchbox lockers are nice because they're cheap, but you'll notice you have a much harder time steering when locked vs open. Depending on the type of wheeling you do it may not matter much, but if you spend much time doing more difficult wheeling you may wish you could steer better at times.
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Unless you are in 4wd, you will never know the Aussie is in the front.

I can easily hear mine clicking through a turn. Not a big deal since I always knew it was normal and going to do it. It sure is nice in my D30 on the trails. Like others said, it's tough on the street if you engage it just to "exercise" the front end. It will fight back.
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I am planning a lunchbox style up front in my Dana 30, hopefully an Aussie.
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I am planning a lunchbox style up front in my Dana 30, hopefully an Aussie.
Spartan all the way.
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It may not matter what kind of selectable, I just know I want one.
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Sorry not been on for a while, thanks for the replys, it is happening in two wheel drive, it is binding on full lock somehow any ideas?
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I just had a Aussie put in my front last week. Haven't driven it till today, and damn, that thing is all over the place. I expected that in 4 wheel drive, but not on the street in 2. It will not turn very sharp at all without binding up, feels like.
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I just had a Aussie put in my front last week. Haven't driven it till today, and damn, that thing is all over the place. I expected that in 4 wheel drive, but not on the street in 2. It will not turn very sharp at all without binding up, feels like.
I have had the same issue, I put an Aussie in my D30 front and in 2wd it binds but only on full lock I have not yet got around to opening it to have a look at what is going on. It went in fine and everything was as it should be. I'm starting to wonder if there is a bad batch of Aussie lockers out there.
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A friend has an Aussie in the rear of his ZJ and it's pretty quiet. I was thinking about getting one for the front, so I can be ready for elk season when it can get muddy. However, now I'm having second thoughts, maybe Spartan or Lockrite are quieter.

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