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hoghvn 03-24-2009 01:59 PM

Question for 2005 Tj Rubicon owners?
Hello Rubi owners-
I found a pair of 44's for sale and I wanted to know if anyone had any
info on the type of lockers they came with in this year and model.
The owner says they are air lockers? I thought they came with e-lockers?

Are the ARB's? Any info is appreicated.


snwchris 03-24-2009 02:52 PM

They are air lockers indeed, since there's a pump sitting on the skid plate below and air lines running to front & rear axle housings.

The lockers I believe are a foregin locker, they are not ARB's although dam sure wish they were sometimes.

They can be replaced with either E-locker or an ARB, but you need their specific product for it, since the Rubi 44s are different then the rest of the Jeep 44's


hoghvn 03-24-2009 03:31 PM

Hi Chris
When you say that you wished they were ARB's sometimes. Why do you say that? Do they have issues? Are they not as effective as ARB's? I want to make sure I do the right thing when investing in an axle, Rubi axles or standard 44 with ARB for a similar investment.

stevens243 03-24-2009 03:46 PM

It's been said on this forum (and others) that the stock Rubi air lockers are not as bullet proof and more prone to failure than ARB or other air lockers.

I have the Rubi locking diffs and the only problem I can report is that it takes a little spin after you change diff fluid before they want to lock.

If you can get a set in you're price range, get em, install them and use them. If the lockers crap out (eventually) replace them then.

snwchris 03-24-2009 07:26 PM

The Rubi axles are great, it depends in what your wheeling plans are, but the stock axle lockers are great.

ARB's have just been around longer and are tried & true, but don't get me wrong I still love the stock air lockers, they are better then I had anticapted, when I bought mine.


CA-RJ 03-25-2009 12:44 AM

The only complaint I have about mine is that sometimes it takes them awhile to lock up. Especially the front one. By "awhile" I mean 30-45 seconds, where the ARB takes a couple of seconds. Still, I am very happy to have them.

hoghvn 03-25-2009 11:18 AM

Thanks CA-RJ and Chris for your input. Appreciate it!

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