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Old 08-18-2019, 02:25 PM
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Aussie locker noise

If I install an Aussie locker on the front Dana 30, will it click when I turn all the time. Is it safe to drive.in wet conditions? Snow?

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Yes it will make a soft clicking/ratcheting sound when turning. Same with the Powertrax Lockrite. If you want a lunchbox locker like the Aussie where you won't be able to hear clicking or ratcheting, go for the Powertrax No-Slip lunchbox locker which is about $100 more.

Any front-axle mounted automatic locker (a lunchbox locker is an automatic locker) will tend to slide/slip more on icy surfaces but when you're in 2wd that's not really a problem. I wouldn't install any lunchbox locker into the rear axle, they are poorly behaved on the street when in the rear axle.

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fwiw, the aussie that i installed was so quiet I thought i did something wrong so I went back through everything and verified. we can't tell that its installed until its in 4x4
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When I read Lokka's faq they say their locker is always engaged and only disengages at certain times. I believe Aussie and lokka are the same design. Is this how all of the lunch box lockers behave?
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When I read Lokka's faq they say their locker is always engaged and only disengages at certain times. I believe Aussie and lokka are the same design. Is this how all of the lunch box lockers behave?
Yes, they are normally locked but automatically unlock when one side starts spinning faster as the outside wheel does during a turn. Similar to how a ratchet wrench works.
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fwiw, the aussie that i installed was so quiet I thought i did something wrong so I went back through everything and verified. we can't tell that its installed until its in 4x4
I can't hear the Aussie clicking either when I'm driving the TJ.

I know it does click, because I can hear it when I have it on jacks and turn the front wheels by hand.

But when I get it off the jacks and drive it, I cannot hear the clicks.

It's been that way since I installed it a few years ago in my front D30.
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My lock-right only makes a clicking sound I can hear when turning sharp like backing into a parking space. I'm sure it clicks (by it's nature) at other times, but once you are going down the road at a reasonable speed (over 15 mph) you never hear it. And, like Jerry said, don't add one to the rear for a street driven Jeep - very spooky in wet or snowy conditions.
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When I read Lokka's faq they say their locker is always engaged and only disengages at certain times. I believe Aussie and lokka are the same design. Is this how all of the lunch box lockers behave?

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Yes, they are normally locked but automatically unlock when one side starts spinning faster as the outside wheel does during a turn. Similar to how a ratchet wrench works.

Jerry, the ratchet explanation is a really good example.

Yes, the gears of the locker are "always" engaged, but not truly locked. In 2WD, the lockers gears are meshed together, held by springs. They can "ratchet" when turning and the wheels want to turn at different speeds.

The gears are only truly "locked" when you put the Jeep in 4WD. The turning force of the front drive shaft (via the cross-pin shaft) forces the gears to stay meshed and does not allow the "ratcheting" action.

Hope this helps.

After you handle/install one, it all makes sense. I got a Spartan locker for my D30.

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