I have seen them Frank, but have not met anyone that has run them yet. The price is better than the Eaton electric locker, and that is a plus. I am definately sold on the selectable lockers, and I would think the electric ones, would have less chance of malfunctioning.
I also like the fact that they are limited slip when not locked. Katherine is running open diffs now and can keep up with the best of them. I think with limited slip she would almost never need to lock them, but could if she really needed to.
Frank, only experience I had with the Dana 30 ECTED was a former shop owner here in town had nothing but problems with the one he was running. Kept braking it pretty regularly and finally took it out. However I never did talk to him personally to find out "What" the problems were with it. I do know that he decided to go another direction.
If you are going to lock her up you might as well just either go with a standard selectable like an Eaton, OX, or ARB. You lock one end or the other and she's going to start taking harder and harder lines. Especially with that low gearing in the STAK.
I like the idea of the limited slip with these. Katherine does better then most of use running open diffs. Don't tell Katherine but I wasn't going to hookup the locker power wire (just run in limited slip mode), just light a light on the dash . With the limited slip she will be unstoppable. Once again, keep this between us.
No worries buddy, I won't tell her I promise (Kat when you read this stick a Cross my heart smiley in here for me )
I agree with you Frank, it would be the best of both worlds. I had heard that they were making some changes with that product. Don't know if that's been done yet or not, but hopefully the bugs will be worked out soon. You know how it is with any new product on the market.
Here's some newer information from one the most well respected 4x4 parts shops in Phoenix. 4Wheelers has been in business since the 50's and carries every part imaginable.
"Well after many phone calls back and forth with Auburn, we have pulled the mod 30 ECTEDs off our shelf. We are in the process of changing out several customers units to ARBs. Auburns just didnt have the anwers we were looking for. I want to stress this point (THIS IS THE MOD 30 ECTED ONLY!!!). The other larger units work GREAT. So if you are looking for a selectable locker for your mod 30, Go with the ARB or better yet the SUPER ARB."
From what they were also saying, in the D30 it has problems engaging and then when it does finally engage it's real hard to get it to dis-engage.
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