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Old 05-12-2013, 02:32 PM   #1
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Locker Talk

Okay how about some input on Lockers?

I have an 03 TJ 30 in the front 35 in the rear both open with 4.10 gears and stock axles. I'm running 33x12.50 BFG KTM's on 8x15 rims with a 3.5 BDS lift and short arms and a 1" BL.
Jeeps pretty much stock other than bumpers and rock sliders and it's also my Daily Driver. I wheel it regularly but down here in Florida it's mostly in clay pits, rock quarrys and trail riding not real heavy duty stuff so I'm not looking to upgrade to a 40-45 combination.
Any way I'd like to install a locker just to get a lil more ruff stuff worthy, here's a few questions:
1- Is it best to install a single locker in the front or rear when your only installing one locker?
2- How much effect will a locker have on street driving?
3- Are the so called "Quick Lockers" worth the effort?
4- Any recomendations on quick lockers, type, cost, previous experiance/failures?

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Old 05-12-2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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Install a lunch box locker in the D30. My spartan functions perfectly in the street and isn't noticed.

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Old 05-12-2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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X2 on Big Cole's advice to install your first locker into the front Dana 30 axle. Stock Dana 35 rear axle axleshafts aren't strong enough for a locker.

Nearly any lunchbox locker in the front would perform well and barely be noticeable when you're on the street in 2wd. I don't know anything about Spartan lockers but any of the three following lunchbox lockers would be fine... Aussie, Lockright, or No-Slip. The No-Slip is about $100 more but it is virtually silent/undetectable when you're on the street in 2wd. The other lockers are fine on the street in 2wd too but they can click/ratchet when making slow-speed turns on the street.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:28 PM   #4
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To add on to the recommendations above, the only time an autolocker is a bad idea is if you tend to use 4wd on icy or snowy roads. I accepted this when I installed mine since I have a daily driver to drive in the snow. My experience with an Aussie has been great offroad. I can do the trails that used to give me fits much more easily. Dollar for dollar I can't think of a better mod for an offroader.
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