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Old 02-04-2009, 10:58 PM   #1
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i want to put an aussie locker in my 2002 tj dana 30. will i be able to turn ok on the street and drive in wet and icy conditions? or will i have to buy an arb or ox locker?

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Old 02-04-2009, 11:48 PM   #2
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:55 AM   #3
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In 2wd - you won't even notice that is in there at all. You will hear some ratcheting noise from it - but that is all.

In 4wd, it will lock whenever you give it gas and ratchet when you are coasting.

I don't have to drive my Jeep in icy conditions much - so I can't answer that for you. But I can imagine it being a PITA.
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:06 AM   #4
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i want to put an aussie locker in my 2002 tj dana 30. will i be able to turn ok on the street and drive in wet and icy conditions? or will i have to buy an arb or ox locker?
I had this exact questions for the past six months and spoke to just about everyone under the sun and their answers were simple..

If you want to run open diffs; purchase and ARB and nothing else.. If you don't mind clicking and ratcheting that comes along with a automatic diff, run and Aussie or a Detroit. Road manners were very important to me, so I elected to go ARB front and rear and I hope all that cash is worth it in the long run..

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Old 02-05-2009, 02:29 PM   #5
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X2 on what Timberman said. Yeah, ARBs (I have both in the front and rear) are more expensive but I wanted better road manners and the ability to turn them on and off when needed.
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:49 PM   #6
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thanks. i can get the locker for like 80 bucks hes only put a thousand or so miles on it before swapping out his axle for a d44. i think ill buy it and maybe get an arb in the future
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:01 PM   #7
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The key thing to remember about a front-mounted locker like an Aussie, Lockright, No-Slip, or EZ-Locker is that they are pretty much undetectable when you're in 2wd. All but the No-Slip click a bit through corners but the No-Slip doesn't even do that.

It's only when you shift into 4Hi or 4Lo that a front locker locks up hard enough that it affects your steering and then it is very significant. You don't want to drive in 4Hi or 4Lo on the street in when there's a front automatic locker unless it's to get out of a pile of snow and after that is accomplished, you really need to shift back into 2wd.
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The key thing to remember about a front-mounted locker like an Aussie, Lockright, No-Slip, or EZ-Locker is that they are pretty much undetectable when you're in 2wd. All but the No-Slip click a bit through corners but the No-Slip doesn't even do that.

It's only when you shift into 4Hi or 4Lo that a front locker locks up hard enough that it affects your steering and then it is very significant. You don't want to drive in 4Hi or 4Lo on the street in when there's a front automatic locker unless it's to get out of a pile of snow and after that is accomplished, you really need to shift back into 2wd.
In addition to what Jerry Said:

The ARB air locker manual even states that when in 4hi or 4lo (Locked) that they will behave badly (I'm paraphrasing of course w/ aussie accent). That is the nature of a locker.. ARB actually doesn't recommend you run the front locker unless it is absolutely required. They talk about the lockers being a "Safety" device as opposed to an enhancement to road driveability.. Is that even a word?

Another thing I found interesting: ARB lockers will not allow you to run the front independently.. It will only operate if the rear locker is actuated.

I can't wait to see what these lockers are capable of.
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Another thing I found interesting: ARB lockers will not allow you to run the front independently.. It will only operate if the rear locker is actuated.
There are many situations when itīs better to use only the front locker.

You have to cutand wire up only one cable. Then you can engage the front locker without the rear locker.

Cut the yellow cable with the circle around and wire up the new cable from switch 1 to switch 2.

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There are many situations when itīs better to use only the front locker.

You have to cutand wire up only one cable. Then you can engage the front locker without the rear locker.

Cut the yellow cable with the circle around and wire up the new cable from switch 1 to switch 2.

Great info sir!!

I was wondering why ARB would not allow you to operate the lockers independently..

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It's their way of saying that you shouldn't need the front locker without the rear.

I agree with Jerry on this one. On ice or snowy roads having a lunchbox or a detroit will be more of a hinderance than a help. That's not to say that people don't drive with them that way everyday, just my opinion.

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