|07-07-2011 08:58 AM|
I've got a spartan locker in my d35 running 32" tires and love it. It was very easy to install and works great. It's noisey on the street but i don't care really. The noise is the ratcheting action when it's not locked. You do have to be kinda careful on the street with it because you can make it lock up. I had to adjust my driving style a bit but now I have no issues. On the trail it makes a world of difference. I am considering one for the d30 front too because I need to reseal the axel anyway.
Last wheeling trip I went up an off camber rock face. It took some line picking but I got up it and the guy that folllowed me in his tj with 35's had to lock his front and rear arbs to get up it. I am not directly comparing his jeep to mine(cause his is way awesomer than mine) just showing a bit of an example that a locker can help.
I know there are tons that say don't spend $ on the d35 but I have had good luck with mine so far and the spartan is pretty cheap. I am pretty gentle and know not to push it too hard. If I start breaking it I will upgrade it later but for now it's working great with 180k miles.
Just my opinion.
|07-05-2011 03:20 PM|
|jrussblues||You prob don't need to regear then, but up to you.|
|07-05-2011 03:18 PM|
|07-05-2011 12:52 PM|
|jrussblues||I think you have 4.10's what size tires are you running?|
|07-05-2011 12:49 PM|
|Pock Heebs||I have a stock 1998 2.5L, almost positive I have whatever axels were the cheapest at the time lol...no idea what my ratio is, what would you guys say?|
|07-05-2011 09:50 AM|
|jrussblues||You are correct sir. Doesn't apply to other axles. Sorry.|
|07-05-2011 09:49 AM|
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|07-05-2011 09:23 AM|
|jrussblues||There are two major brands. Powertrax lockrite and aussie. Google them you should find what your looking for. I installed my lockrite myself.|
|07-05-2011 09:16 AM|
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|07-05-2011 09:03 AM|
|jrussblues||Nope. Lunchbox (cheaper) lockers lock up when power is applied. My front lockrite only locks when its in 4wd. Some are full time. The most popular are selectable (ectid, arb, ox) that allow the driver to select when to engage the locker. They are also the most expensive.|
|07-05-2011 08:58 AM|
|kshaws21||Does it lock them ALL the time like a welded gear would? THat would seem bad on the tires...|
|07-05-2011 08:46 AM|
Lockers are exactly what they say. They lock the axel so both wheels have power. In a normal open diff when one wheel is spinning the other jsut sets there. Lokers help you get maximum traction.
There are all kinds of lockers so you need to decide what your budget is and what your needs are.
|07-05-2011 08:46 AM|
Lockers allow both wheels to turn with equal force from the engine. Front and rear axles on a jeep are positive traction which means that the slipping wheel gets more power. This is good for on road handling. If you are stuck with one front and back wheel spinning off road then the engine wont send power to the wheels with traction and you remain stuck.
If you are going with a selectable locker or a full locker that rplaces your differential carrier then it is cost efficient to go ahead and replace your gears because whoever is doing the work will already be swapping your old gears over.
If you are doing a lunchbox locker like a lockrite then you only replace the spider gears inside the carrier and there is no cost benefit to regearing at that time, since the carrier stays intact and there is no gear swapping going on.
Why do you want to regear?
|07-05-2011 08:20 AM|
noob question on Lockers
Ok don't hammer me too much, but what are "Lockers" for? I am a Jeep lover and recently got a nice 98 TJ. Before now, I have never ventured into the 4x4 market. Reading these forums I see all over the place things like, "make sure you add lockers when regearing", or "does it have lockers?" and things of that sort. I am pretty sure it has to do with the axles, but what exactly are they and what benefits over non-lockers do they provide?
I have been doing a good bit of mild to moderate trail riding and already see the need to upgrade my stock gears, so I want to know if i should be looking into lockers as well....