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Old 06-04-2011, 12:46 PM
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locker in winter

i know everybody says dont get a full time locker in the rear end if you do a lot of snow/ice driving. i know it isnt ideal but im sure it CAN be done right. just gotta be a little bit more careful. i drive like a 95 year old grandma anyway so im not speeding around so if i do get a little slip once in a while i will probably be ok. has anyone else ran a full time in the rear? if i engage the 4wd that will probably help right?

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Old 06-04-2011, 01:01 PM   #2
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4wd will correct it so since you drive like a little old lady you will be fine.. just don't gas it in the corners when in traffic on snow/icy road conditions. on a snow/ice covered road in rwd with the auto locker will not be fun, so if you are on that kind of surface engage in 4wd for your and the drivers around you saftey.

Since you are locking your rear axle is already a upgraded D35, D44, F8.8, or bigger

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Old 06-04-2011, 05:22 PM
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its actually only a D35 but i wont run anything bigger then 33's i have an almost brand new set of 32 bfg km2s on it now and by the time they are gone the jeep probably will be too but i would take the locker back out or swap in a different D35.
also does anybody else have an opinion on the locker in winter?
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:32 PM   #4
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OK.. Running a locked stock D35 on with 33's or bigger is bad news but if you stay under a 33 you should be ok. As to the auto locker to run.. Here you go www.aussielocker.com. Enjoy
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Old 06-04-2011, 06:21 PM   #5
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I have an aussie and love it. But I run mine in the front... dont see the point of locking the rear...I like sliding around in the snow and mud when i can in 2wd
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Old 06-04-2011, 06:29 PM
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i have been debating to lock the front or rear but i already knew i was going with an aussie. cheap plus GREAT reviews how can you go wrong there? but if i lock the front and put it in 4wd on snowy/icy roads it would probably be bigger problems than having the rear locked. am i right? atleast if just the rear was locked i could put it in 4wd and be much better. i know having the front locked im fine in 2wd. it wouldnt really be noticeable as long as in 2wd but i have read that with the front locked you try to turn and you just kinda go straight. is that correct? and also your tires wear faster with the rear locked correct? maybe i should just lock the front. idk hard decision lol. im looking for functionailty more than fun
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I ran an aussie in my XJ last winter and never had an issue with it wanting to come around or sliding out. but then again my DD ram has a very tight LSD in that so I'm used to driving around winter roads with a rear traction adder. you'll be fine with a rear full time locker just need to know its back there and no issues. but it is nice to use it to power up hills or threw fresh snow.
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True your ability to turn locked in the front is bad news on snowy icy roads. With a front auto locker you want to stay out of 4wd on the roads. If you dd/ww you jeep in a snowy climate and you can't afford a selectable locker and don't want to run a ls, the rear locker will always be a better option then auto locking the front.. Locking a D35 is frowned upon and I am as against it as much as I possibly can be if the D35 is not being upgraded.. But as long as you stay under a 33 and don't thrash on it, you should be good..
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I have had both front and rear auto lockers in my jeeps. In the winter a rear locker is not that bad on snow.. adj the gas and your fine. A front auto locker in the snow is not fun. I would drive in 2wd most of the time as it was better than the pulling left and then right with the auto locker in the front on snow covered streets. As for a auto locker in a stock dana 35 with 33's.. have spare parts handy as that is an accident waiting to happen.
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I have a locker in the rear and a TrueTrac in the front. A rear locker isn't a bad thing in the winter as long as you have decent tires and can go easy with the throttle. I agree with most people on this forum that the D35 will most likely grenade when used with big tires especially with a locker.
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I have a super 35 kit in my shop. I bought it but I heard that its going to bang ALOT! For those that are running a locker, do you have alot of issues. I drive this daily btw. Sorry to hi-jack...
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I have a Detroit auto locker in the rear 8.8 I put it in last winter IT WILL NOT BE IN THIS WINTER! I am installing a select-able. On roads where there is patches of snow or ice, and one tire is on the snow and the other is on pavement. Hang on!
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Gosh I forgot all about this one. Anyways I installed it and you can barely tell it's back there. No banging some tire chirping but other than that def worth it.
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I see that you are in N.C. so not that much snow, That is a great locker on the trail or on dry pavement, arguably the best. Just remember about snow and standing water and you should be fine.

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