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Old 09-22-2010, 06:31 PM
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Rear Locker recomedations

I have a 99 wrangler with a 5.5 long arm lift, 37 inch tires, and Sterling 10.25 rear end. I do about 75% road drivng and need some thing better than the welded setup I have now. I was leaning toward a selectable locker such as the ARB locker. I would get the larger high output aircompressor with it. Anyone have any fitment issues with mounting the larger aircompressor under the hood, also any other advice on a better selectable locker would help.
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I had a Detroit Locker in the rear of my previous (stolen) '97 TJ (No-Slip locker up front) and selectable Rubicon lockers in my replacement '04 TJ. While the ARB is a superb (!) selectable locker that will hold up to pretty much anything, I sure do miss my bulletproof brainless Detroit Locker that just plain worked and didn't make me push any buttons. I don't mind having to engage my selectable lockers but dang it, that Detroit Locker just did everything without any problem. And it was great on the street too. I put something like 120k miles on it.

If you really want an ARB, that's the best selectable locker going. I would stick with the standard ARB compressor though and leave it for use only to power the locker. Get a second compressor for airing up your tires. Also, don't be tempted to go with ARB's heavier air line, not even ARB recommends it (read their FAQ section). The standard duty air hose is plenty strong enough but its benefit is that if it ever should get snagged, it will pop and leave easily spliced clean ends that can be spliced back together in about two seconds using ARB's splice kit. Their heavier air lines are more likely to tear out a fitting which would probably not be repairable on the trail. Just have the installer run the air lines properly so there is no danger of them getting snagged on the trail. A competent ARB installer shouldn't have to be asked to route them up out of the way however.

Unless you live where it gets icy, I would at least consider the venerable "bulletproof" Detroit Locker. It's a great locker that will take pretty much anything you can dish out to it... and you don't have to think about anything. Point and shoot.

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ARB has a pretty darned good reputation. That is the locker I am going to look at when finances become available.
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I installed the ox and its awsome dont here much about but ive had it for about 4 years now and no worries about compressers or air lines,great if you do alot of onroad or offroad locked unlocked with one lever awsome locker.
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The lever looks cool as sh-- too
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I ran f/r arb's.. just make sure who every does the install has done many of then. 2nd pick would be detroit, bone simple.. and even in snow it is not bad.
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Thanks for the responses, so how does the detroit locker perform on the street? It looks like its $255 LESS Plus added installation cost, of the ARB , so ill be considering the detroit.

Also I looked up the OX lockers and they arent made for the Sterling 10.25 axle

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