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Old 10-17-2011, 05:50 PM   #1
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Front Locker for 2001 TJ

I'm considering installing an automatic locker in my front differential. Being on a limited budget I'm looking at either an Aussie Locker or the Powertrax Lock-Right. Have a Stock 2001 TJ with 4.0 and 5 speed, Sport model no lift kit of jumbo tires. Jeep came stock with 30 x 9.5 x 15 tires. Axel ratio is 3.73 with open differentials. What kind of longevity can I expect from either of these lockers? Most of my driving will be Hwy and occasional of roading. My Jeep is used for hunting and recreational use and some beach sand/dunes. Is either locker better than the other? Need to hear from others who have these types of locker in use. Probably won't run larger than 31" tires, or keep the stock size. Thanks for any input.

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Both would outlast your axle so durability is no issue.. and when not in 4wd the aussie is un noticeable as well as the lock right.. The aussie being a little more quiet.. I.E clicking and chirping when turning. On the trail both are quality choices.. If it's me I choose the aussie over the lock right but then again ive had more experience with aussie lockers so im a bit biased on what I prefer. Still either or you will be happy with.. Just don't put it in 4wd on roads that are covered in snow/ice and your all good

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Old 10-17-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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Its a pain to install with the 373 ring gear. Just make sure you have a quality torque wrench and access to a bench vice. I have a lockrite. Its great.
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If you will be in snow and ice then do not put an automatic locker up front. Selectable is the way to go if you are in a colder climate. If you are not in a colder climate you may want to drive a Jeep with an automatic locker up front on the street first to see if it bothers you. I would hate it if I had the front end locked on the street, but that is just me.
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If you will be in snow and ice then do not put an automatic locker up front. Selectable is the way to go if you are in a colder climate. If you are not in a colder climate you may want to drive a Jeep with an automatic locker up front on the street first to see if it bothers you. I would hate it if I had the front end locked on the street, but that is just me.
When in 2wd you don't even know it's there.. with the exception of the ocasional clicking
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:48 PM   #7
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I had a Lock Rite in the back of my XJ 8.25 and an Aussie in the D30. I never had any problems with either. I also never had any problems in the snow with the Aussie up front. In 2wd it was invisible and in 4wd it would drag the front end which ever way I turned the wheels. I was able to install the Aussie in the D30 (w/4.10s) without removing the carrier. I had grind a tiny bit off one tooth of the ring gear with my dremel to get the pin out.
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Thanks for all the information; I'll probably go with the Aussie since their list price is within my budget. Should have it ordered before Christmas and install it after the first of the year.

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