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Old 10-01-2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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D30 LOKKA auto locker installed!

Finally got around to installing my LOKKA auto locker in the D30. For those who don't know, LOKKA is the same company as Aussie, just made in Australia. I ordered the locker for $198 shipped to my door in OK about 3 months ago.

Anyway, install went flawless. In preperation I sprayed the 3 bolts on each side of the axle that hold the "hub" assembly on 3 days in advance to get them penetrated. After removing the axles, and doing the next proper steps, the carrier literally slid out of the pumpkin. Installing the locker was an absolute breeze, and I actually found a buyer for my spider gears! Reassembly went just as easy, and total time from taking the wheels off to putting them back on was 2.5 hours. Not bad for never having tore into an axle before, and not having a vice!

After installation I did a little "test". There aren't any rocks around where I live, but I do live by a river, and it had rained all the day before. On an access road that goes down by the river, you can enter a short trail that is a 30-35% incline going down, then about a 15-20% incline going up the other side. It went up the 15-20% incline with absolutely no wheel spin, and all of the soil in the area is nasty sticky clay loam that will gum up any tire. So, thinking it went up too easy, I wanted to turn around and go up the really steep part we just came down. Well low and behold, it just trucked right up the hill, never losing momentum. I could really feel both front tires digging for traction all the way up. I'm VERY impressed at the capabilities so far, just can't wait to get it out on an actually Jeep trail.

For anyone wanting more traction, and you don't have a lot of money to spend, this is WELL worth it's weight in gold.

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Man that's awsome I'm looking into a locker for the front and I'm on a budget what site did order from?

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Lokka lockers are an awesome selectable. My buddies in Tennesee run them and they love them..
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Lokka lockers are an awesome selectable. My buddies in Tennesee run them and they love them..
i thought it said automatic. Selectable is not automatic so what is it?
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For under $200 it is not a selectable locker. It is a lnchbox locker just like aussie, powertrax etc. Replaces the spider gears and lets each axle spin independent of the other until torque is applied (putting into 4x4 for front axle locker) to the carrier causing the locker to lock the axles.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:12 PM   #6
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sorry.. I meant automatic. LOL.. brain thinking faster than fingers typing.. lol..
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:46 PM   #7
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You can order from lokka.com. The only site i know of you can buy them from.
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Sweet thanks deff gona look into it!
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:36 PM   #9
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Has anyone seen reviews or anything about these? I googled "Lokka locker review" and didnt come up with anything really good.

I really really want to pick one up, but don't want something that will blow apart in a little while.....

You figure for the price everyone would be buying them???
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:58 PM   #10
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Well the lokka is an Aussie, the Aussie is the name for it in USA. They have the same part number and their both made in Australia. So for free shipping in USA and 200 vs 250 your getting a better deal for the same exact thing as a Aussie. So if you wanna look up reviews for the lokka just look up Aussie reviews cause it's the sale thing at least for the dana 30. I'm gonna get one eventually
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Are you Locked in the rear axle as well ? Or just your front ?
I have a 35 in the rear still and wondered about locking just the 30 up front for now. Some say that's ok and others say it's not.
Can't see why it would be bad but then, I'm kinda new to Jeeps.
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Are you Locked in the rear axle as well ? Or just your front ? I have a 35 in the rear still and wondered about locking just the 30 up front for now. Some say that's ok and others say it's not. Can't see why it would be bad but then, I'm kinda new to Jeeps.
Nothing wrong with locking your Dana 30. My buddy has a lunchbox in a wrangler running 35s and 4.88s and he hasn't had a single problem with it.... And the whole jeeps been wheeled like crazy.
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I have 488 and a lunchbox locker in my d30 as well with 35s. No problems for me.
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The front axle rarely sees over 50% of the forces that the rear axle sees. There is nothing wrong with locking the D30 up front. Chromo shafts will make the front axle stronger and lessen the likelyhood of breaking but not a must. The rear D35 is a whole different story.
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Are you Locked in the rear axle as well ? Or just your front ?
I have a 35 in the rear still and wondered about locking just the 30 up front for now. Some say that's ok and others say it's not.
Can't see why it would be bad but then, I'm kinda new to Jeeps.
While the rear axle is normally the best axle to lock first, that's of course not a good idea when it's the Dana 35 as you have.

So for you, locking your front Dana 30 with an Aussie or similar lunchbox locker is the way to go. Just be careful to stay out of 4x4 on icy or snow-covered roads... a front automatic locker locks up hard when you're in 4x4 which can make steering difficult. No problem in 2wd.
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Just a FYI for those who buy Lokka lockers.. My buddy sheared his pin in his locker. Called Lokka and they would not warranty or replace the pin.. He had to pay the $35 for INT shipping and $40 for the pin.. So just know if you buy it, due to them shipping internationally they will charge you for the parts.. No warranty.. At least that's what they told him..
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Which wouldn't be an issue with the Aussie which is made for export use.
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Sorry for the late response guys. I will say i dont mind being the geniua pig on a locker like this. I did a TON of digging and found enough information for me to make the decision to get it over the Aussie. There is literally NO DIFFERENCE. Anyone who says there is is just talking out their @ss. There is very little information on these yes, but so far its worked phenominally.

Now about a pin... the locker does not come with any pins except for the 4 that go into the locker. But i have a feeling your buddy is talking about the big pin in the carrier, which shouldnt be covered under warranty anyway. I have yet to have it on a rocky trail, but i have 100% confidence in it.

To the person who asked, i have a factory D44 rear axle with LSD. I already had good traction, the locker in the front just made it amazing. Im only running 32's so its going to take a hard landing and a sheering force to break a D30 axle shaft.

Hope that answers everyone questions. I know its a lunchbox locker, but really, for $198 shipped why wouldnt someone buy one and make their life a lot easier on the trail.
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To the person who questioned the price and why noone is buying these... Look on ANY australian offroad forum and Lokka will be a household name just like Aussie is over here. Thats where i found all my information about the lokka's is on australian offroad forums.
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glad you posted this, I was looking into these...
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Where are they in Tennessee ???
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Im interested but given the fact that we occasionally get NICE snow and ice storms in NE I dont know.

Our DDs suck in the snow so I have to use the Jeep in some cases and if I need the 4wd and the locker is going to make that difficult, I just dont know about it.

I may need to hold out for a selectable.
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Im interested but given the fact that we occasionally get NICE snow and ice storms in NE I dont know.

Our DDs suck in the snow so I have to use the Jeep in some cases and if I need the 4wd and the locker is going to make that difficult, I just dont know about it.

I may need to hold out for a selectable.
Im in the same boat as you. From NY
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From what ive read, as long as you dont gas it or put power to the jeep going around a corner, itll be fine. Its been great so far. Havent been offroad again since i.put it in, but it now has 3k miles in 2wd and i still cant feel it when turning tight corners. Has been a great investment so far.
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The whole snow/auto locker thing gets far, far overblown. Absolutely nothing at all to be nervous about. Your steering will clearly be stiffer but if the road you're driving on is truly covered in a layer of snow (why else would you be in 4wd?) then it doesn't matter one way or the other. You're literally no better or worse off than if you were open up front.
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Its a great investment. Ive never once regretted it. Install was easy, road manners in 2wd are great, and manners offroad in 4wd are also great. Its tough. And NOTHING can come close to beating its priceerformance ratio.
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Nice reviews I'll be buying one as well!
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:33 AM   #29
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Had a snow/ice storm a couple weeks ago. Locker worked flawlessly ib the snow and ice. I heard a lot of people having problems on ice but as long as youre not driving like a jack-weed around corners it handles great. It was VERY nice having that 4th tire turning for traction. Made ir some places i probably wouldnt have without it. I could REALLY feel both front tires just dig to china when going up snowy hills. Absolutely love it.

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