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TripleNickle 12-12-2012 02:01 PM

Aussie Locker D30 Input
I am going to install an Aussie locker up front in my D30. Everything I have read says they handle bad in the snow and ice. My question is: How exactly does it drive differently. What are the characteristics of the jeep when in those conditions. I live in Washington state, get snow and will probably be wheeling in the snow. The jeep is not my daily driver, just a toy. I know most of you will say get a selectable, but again its just a toy and I dont want to spend the extra money on one.

Some one please explain how it will react in those conditions.

Dextreme 12-12-2012 02:03 PM

Are you keeping your rear open?

99Dodge 12-12-2012 02:36 PM

I always figured it would do slightly better, since everyone seems to say front wheel drive cars are amazing in the snow and ice. As long as you arent trying to take a corner faster than you eould in 2wd i really dont see a problem. I know a lot of people think because they have 4wda they can drive normally in snow and ice (i live in a college town and i always see more 4ewd trucks stuck than anything else when it snows or ices). Dont gouge the pedal and you shouldnt have a problem with a locked front end.

GoldenSahara00 12-12-2012 02:51 PM


Originally Posted by Dextreme (Post 3096305)
Are you keeping your rear open?

Enough of the personal questions! :thumb::rofl:

Get the aussie, you will be fine. you'll love it. Especially if its not a DD. mines a DD and I have one. The locker makes your front axle lock up. Therefore when it locks up hard (in 4wd) it will stay locked due to snow/ice. If you have enough traction, it will cause your tires to point and stay straight, so basically you can't turn. If you actually NEED 4wd, you should have enough slippage on the tires that you should be fine with it. Just remember. 4wd doesn't help you stop, it just helps you go. If you can't go without 4wd, then there is enough crap on the roads that the locker shouldn't affect you. Now if the road is spotty, I would avoid the 4wd. You will have to learn to drive with it, but it is very manageable. Offroad it will be a ton of fun as well. Lockers are great.

CJChet 12-12-2012 03:35 PM

AUSSIE is great, I love mine. When you get into snow just treat it tender and use a light foot! I always tell my wife " drive like you have an egg under your right foot"!

TJDave 12-12-2012 03:42 PM

Hey there fellow Washington State jeeper.

I have been contemplating installing an Aussie (or Spartan) in my D30 for years. But then comes the once or twice a year springtime run that finds us on top of an off-camber, slippery, melting snow drift with a cliff on the other side. Those that have auto lockers, have a tough time staying on the trail and not sliding off. I have an ARB in the rear and would really love one for the front also.

But, that only happens a couple times a year. My TJ is also just a toy so I am not worried about hiway driving in 4wd on icy roads.

I think this year I am going to go for the auto front locker. If I hate it, I can always sell it I guess. I can't see sinking $800+ into a D30 for an ARB right now.

Jerry Bransford 12-12-2012 03:43 PM

When you're on an icy road, staying in 2wd is the secret to that new Aussie behaving well and causing no steering issues. It's when you shift into 4x4 that an automatic locker will cause understeer when the street is slick from ice or snow... i.e. the Jeep will want to plow straight ahead when you turn the steering wheel for a turn or on a curve.

Keep in mind that seldom do you actually ever really require 4x4 to get where you're going when the streets have snow or ice on them... few cars on the road in such conditions are anything but 2wd. :)

4Jeepn 12-12-2012 03:49 PM

If its not your dd go for it. I have one in my yj d30 and had a lockright in my tj d30. As for snow covered roads, it sucks in 4wd.. to the point that you just leave it in 2wd.

Dextreme 12-12-2012 03:52 PM


Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 3096621)
Keep in mind that seldom do you actually ever really require 4x4 to get where you're going when the streets have snow or ice on them... few cars on the road in such conditions are anything but 2wd. :)

When the NW does get snow/ice, 4wd (or a front wheel drive vehicle) is needed to get around just to climb our foothills. BMW's are always in the ditch or parked.

Mitchness 12-12-2012 04:01 PM

The first winter with my LockRight was the winter of '08 when we had 4' of snow. Driving around in 4x4 did take some getting used to, but once you learn how the locker reacts it becomes predictable and manageable.

Basic rule of thumb is enter a corner off-throttle. This will allow the locker to release and let the front wheels spin independently. Now that you've started the turn you can go back on-throttle if needed and the locked wheels will pull you through the turn. If you begin the corner on-throttle the locker will lock and you will push (understeer) straight through.

TripleNickle 12-12-2012 04:23 PM


Originally Posted by Dextreme (Post 3096305)
Are you keeping your rear open?

Rear is D44 With Limited Slip. Thanks everyone for the input, They guy from Rockridge4wd may have just convinced me to spend a lil more and get a spartan instead of aussie. But still the same. So if I understand everyone correctly, just wont be able to turn well when in snow, but worst case pop in 2wd and make the turn and continue.

DevilDogDoc 12-12-2012 10:35 PM

Now that I have selectable lockers front and rear I am glad that I didn't get an auto locker up front. I tend to run the rear one off and on as i need it and now and again I use the front one. When locked on tight turns its a bitch to make the turns sometimes. I'm glad I can cut it off and on as I need it.

TripleNickle 12-19-2012 07:25 PM

I just had my spartan locker installed in my D30. My question is: Should it be locking up really hard when in 2wd. I mean it feels like its in 4wd. Also when driving I can feel it pulling hard to the right, and when i turn right while coasting it grabs harder then if I am going to the left. Is this normal, or did the shop some how mess something up. It seems pretty straight forward. Everyone told me before it would click, but its locking up hard. As to the point where it SUCKS to drive. Please help.

GoldenSahara00 12-19-2012 08:16 PM

It should not lock up hard at all in 2wd. Either they did something goofy or you need more/heavier weight gear oil. Try the latter first, or find out what they put in. My Aussie is literally unnoticeable in 2wd. It may take a while to break in as well. Mine smoothed out even more after the first couple hundred miles.

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