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Old 02-20-2012, 04:19 PM   #1
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Question Eaton VS ARB

i know the comparison have been mentioned previously on this forum, but i need to revisit the subject because after a while more ppl used them since, therefore more input.

As far as online researching most ppl want to stick to ARBs because of several different reasons, and it looks superior to the eaton, except for the ARB leaking part which i think is an installation error.

I want to hear from real experience on the two lockers, and if the ARB is really better, how much better? coz i do trails alot but i don't wheel it hard.

the cost for ARBs is 3000$, eaton is 2000$, no other price choices in my area.

so if they are similar or close, i'll chose the cheaper one

also i have a rear D44 and going to 33s very soon.

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I have ARBs in the front and the rear. Running the dana 30/35 combo, but on chromolly shafts for now in the rear. I think about how the rubicons originally had the electric lockers and now they are all air lockers. Makes me wonder why. Also I like that I can air up my tires when I am done with the trail from my ARB compressor.

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thanks, i feel the same way, but is the extra 1000$ worth it?
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sheared the pins out of my e-locker in 6mo
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no more input?
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:11 AM   #6
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The problem is probably that people have one or the other and the only fair way to objectively answer your question is to have run both. I have the Eaton and like it just fine, but I have never used an ARB.
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We have run them both....for 90 percent of the people an E-locker will be just fine. The other plus is that if you rip the wires loose, you can connect them back easy....not with an airline unless you carry a repair kit.
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We have run them both....for 90 percent of the people an E-locker will be just fine. The other plus is that if you rip the wires loose, you can connect them back easy....not with an airline unless you carry a repair kit.
Connecting those wires, is just as easy as splicing in new tubing if the airline is ripped. You both need additional parts to do it.
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nah, just a knife to trim the wires back and twist um together....if you snap the air fitting off the housing like I did twice, you have to have alot more stuff to fix it
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I have been running Eaton E-lockers front and rear for over 35k hard trail miles with no issues. Running MTR Kevlar 33s with a D44 out back and a 30 spline D30 up front. I live in Southern California and run John Bull, Dishpan Springs, Motino Wash, Doran and Odessa Canyons, Pumpkin Eater and lots of others regularly without a single issue. No doubt that ARBs are great, just saying that the Eatons are working well for me.
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I wish that eaton still made a locker that was a LSD when disengaged. If they did, I would definitely have gotten that for the rear of my TJ. I went with the ARBs, but really haven't had a chance to try them out much yet. I will say that I do miss my factory trackloc LSD a little on road, I can definitely notice the difference. Sorry, thats a little off topic. Anyways for how you plan to use it I would think either would work fine.
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I have been running Eaton E-lockers front and rear for over 35k hard trail miles with no issues. Running MTR Kevlar 33s with a D44 out back and a 30 spline D30 up front. I live in Southern California and run John Bull, Dishpan Springs, Motino Wash, Doran and Odessa Canyons, Pumpkin Eater and lots of others regularly without a single issue. No doubt that ARBs are great, just saying that the Eatons are working well for me.
i'm starting to get convinced that i could save 1000$ with manual lockers, anyone disagree?
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If you're talking about an Ox Locker, that is the last selectable locker I would choose for my TJ. Its cable and shifter is just too hard to install and get working properly... at least in my opinion.
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i'm starting to get convinced that i could save 1000$ with manual lockers, anyone disagree?
My Eaton was in the $800 range and I think the ARB is in the $900 range + the compressor at about $250, unless there is alot more install cost I dont think there is a $1000 difference.
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i'm starting to get convinced that i could save 1000$ with manual lockers, anyone disagree?
Did you mean autolockers? If you don't get icy, snowy winters or if you don't drive your Jeep in those conditions - I'd just get front and rear Detroit Softlockers and spend the savings on other Jeep stuff .
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I run ARB front and rear and love them, I would never run another locker.
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thanks for the input everyone,

i am talking about manual lockers, i understand how all lockers work and their benefits.

I just want to know things like durability between Eaton and ARB. because for a long time we only had ARB (exclusive dealer) and since last week another dealer started importing Eaton (also exclusively)

And yes it's a 1000$ difference where i live,ARB=3000$ Eaton=2000$ no other options.

and like BillG.OTD said i need someone who had run both or at least runs one of them and his trail buddy the other.
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I wish that eaton still made a locker that was a LSD when disengaged. If they did, I would definitely have gotten that for the rear of my TJ. I went with the ARBs, but really haven't had a chance to try them out much yet. I will say that I do miss my factory trackloc LSD a little on road, I can definitely notice the difference. Sorry, thats a little off topic. Anyways for how you plan to use it I would think either would work fine.
I was one of the 'free' Eaton/Detriot Electrac test vehicles. It failed. Twice. Once it stuck in the unlocked (limited slip) mode. Sent back to Eaton/Detroit. New one installed. This one got stuck in the lock mode.

I am a huge fan of the Detroit Lockers, have them in both rigs, front and rear.
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The Eaton/Detroit Electrac was a P.O.S. and was discontinued for good reason. The current Eaton E Locker is a completely different locker with nothing in common with the Electrac. Also, don't get confused between the Eaton and Auburn E Lockers. The Auburn's have a terrible reputation for failure. I am running the latest design for the 30 spline D30 and standard D44 and as I mentioned before, these have worked flawlessly for over 35k hard trail miles. I too love Detroit Lockers but I don't use them because I drive in ice and snow often.
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If they are that much it may be worth it to get the lockers in yourself and have them install them. Two ARB lockers should not cost more than $1900 shipped. You may want to find a different shop as they are marking up the cost considerably. I am all about shops making money, but the locker cost going up over 50% is ridiculous.
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One last thing. The customer service at ARB is the best I have ever seen. I had some small pitting on my side gears due to a bent axle tube and they sent me out a brand new set to replace them as a "good will" gesture for free. The gears they sent out would have cost me $300. You really cannot beat that type of service and that should play a part in your decision too.
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I was one of the 'free' Eaton/Detriot Electrac test vehicles. It failed. Twice. Once it stuck in the unlocked (limited slip) mode. Sent back to Eaton/Detroit. New one installed. This one got stuck in the lock mode.

I am a huge fan of the Detroit Lockers, have them in both rigs, front and rear.
Yeah I read about the durability issues... so I understand what ya mean. I mistyped what i meant.... what I wanted to say was that I wish SOMEONE made a good reliable unit like that (LSD when disengaged, locker when engaged). I would have gone with that unit, even if it was significantly more expensive.
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sheared the pins out of my e-locker in 6mo
what type of offroading do you do?

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