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Old 09-24-2006, 06:20 PM   #1
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Front Locker?

Hey all, so im tryin to decide what i should do wit the summers pay and am thinkin about a front locker on the dana 30 (stock rear 35=no good), however i jus wanted to make sure about how the front end will drive on the road with a locker. Since i only really drive in 2wd when on the road having a front locker wont hav any ill side effects unless 4wd is engaged correct?? If there are no side effects in 2wd i cant see why i wouldent get a full time locker up front. Lastly if anyone has had jus one locker installed wat kinda of install price did you get? Im sorry to say im a little concerned about doing my own gears on a highway driven jeep :o
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Old 09-24-2006, 06:46 PM   #2
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I ran a lock-right up front and had no real issues. you will hear it ratchet once in awhile. Super sharp turns it will let you know its there. Other than that no big deal. I did have some issues with it on road in snow storms.. tends to pull the jeep, I currently run ARB's which provide no better traction, but the on/off button is nice to have. I think the install on mine was somewhere around 250ish.

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Old 09-24-2006, 07:14 PM   #3
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yeah i've heard its pretty unoticeable in the front except on really hard turns
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4Jeepn you said " I did have some issues with it on road in snow storms.. tends to pull the jeep"

Was it even in 2wd that it pulled or when u went 4wd in the snow?
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If your in 2wd you wont even know its there
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Old 09-24-2006, 08:39 PM   #6
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4Jeepn you said " I did have some issues with it on road in snow storms.. tends to pull the jeep"

Was it even in 2wd that it pulled or when u went 4wd in the snow?
Thanks for the info
In 4wd hi range on snow covered roads the front end in mine would pull to the right or left, as if it was following the ruts in the snow. Did this both with 33's super swampers and stock 30" GSA's. I did have a factory LSD in the back so I am not sure if that was part of the problem. Prior to that I ran a CJ with a detroit in the back only and it was much better in the snow. In the TJ in 2wd on road or on snow no issue with the front. I
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Thanks a lot everyone looks like a front locker is goin in then! Cant wait to climb trees haha
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Thanks a lot everyone looks like a front locker is goin in then! Cant wait to climb trees haha
Good choice. The locker will only engage itself when torque is put to it. IE 4wd.
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Good choice. The locker will only engage itself when torque is put to it. IE 4wd.
Well, kinda sorta yes. An automatic locker's normal mode is to be always locked up but in 2wd, it's not locked up hard enough to be noticed when making a turn. I.E. it unlocks so easily in 2wd that you don't (or barely) notice it. It's when in 4x4 that it gets torque where it locks up hard so it isn't as able to unlock as easily as it does in 2wd.
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Well, kinda sorta yes. An automatic locker's normal mode is to be always locked up but in 2wd, it's not locked up hard enough to be noticed when making a turn. I.E. it unlocks so easily in 2wd that you don't (or barely) notice it. It's when in 4x4 that it gets torque where it locks up hard so it isn't as able to unlock as easily as it does in 2wd.
I was under the impression that any auto locker had approximately 19 degrees of rotation before it fully locked up and that would not happen until torque was applied?
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I was under the impression that any auto locker had approximately 19 degrees of rotation before it fully locked up and that would not happen until torque was applied?
The lockers I'm familiar with like the Lockrite, Detroit Locker, and No-Slip are all normally locked. That's why when you accelerate/decelerate, an automatic locker tends to make the Jeep lurch left/right.
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The lockers I'm familiar with like the Lockrite, Detroit Locker, and No-Slip are all normally locked. That's why when you accelerate/decelerate, an automatic locker tends to make the Jeep lurch left/right.
Speaking of the lockrite did you by chance install one in a stock dana 30 before? Im jus wondering how tough you thought it was because i think its definately worth the 250 install price to try it myself.
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Speaking of the lockrite did you by chance install one in a stock dana 30 before? Im jus wondering how tough you thought it was because i think its definately worth the 250 install price to try it myself.
That's definitely a good choice for a D30 and not a difficult job. I ended up with a Powertrax No-Slip in the front of mine instead of the Powertrax Lockrite only because I won the No-Slip at an offroad event drawing. In a D30, they both work about the same which is to say great.

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