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Ganna be re gearing my axles soon, looking into getting lockers (maybe).
Its my understanding that Aussie Lockers are a permanent "lock". And Detroit or ARB lockers are a ''engagement lock".

Which is better to have?
If I do go with the lockers, will it replace anything? (spider gears and/or the carrier(depending on locker))?
 

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Is this your daily driver? Do you drive in snow? It depends on your situation. If those are both true you will want selectable lockers. They are more expensive though so you may be limited by your funds.
 

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It is my DD and I will be driving in snow.
Id rather have it done right then cheap. What locker system should I go with?
 

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What kind of axles do you have?

I am in your same boat with it being a daily driver and snow driving. I am going with a front and back eaton elocker with 4.88 gearing. I would guess the majority of the folks here are using ARB air lockers. I didn't want to deal with air so I went with elockers which are electrically triggered. I have a dana 30 up front and dana 44 in the rear.
 

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I have stock dana 30 and 35. The biggest tires I will be using are 33s and i dont do any heavy/extreme off roading. Mostly trail ridding and highway.

I keep seeing ARB and Detroit Lockers when I search on here.
 

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I've been told by a reputable jeep mechanic that a Detroit or a grizzly in the rear is fine for a dd and snow. You don't want one in front tho. In front you'll need a selectable for snowy conditions or you'll have steering issues.

Take it for what it's worth. I'm just relaying what I've been directed to do. I will b ordering a ford 8.8 regeared w a grizzly shortly. Keep in mind if you have a d35 in back you don't wanna lock it without a super 35 kit or axle swap
 

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For your intended vehicle usage I suggest going with a front selectable locker and a Detroit truetrac limited slip. The D35 is not suited to handle a locker in stock form.
 

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Awesome information and thanks for the help guys! Anything else i should be aware of when looking into these?
 

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Awesome information and thanks for the help guys! Anything else i should be aware of when looking into these?
I dd my rig to and from school/work/base. I have yukon premium 4.88 gearing with motive install kit. Best set up ever.
I run an aussie in the front dana 30 (not reccommended for snow) great cheap locker but the automatic locker isnt the best when in 4 wheel drive trying to turn.
I run an ox air locker in the rear ford 8.8 for I believe it is better than arb air for it has drive away lock and no inner seals inside the locker. This is a selectable locker so I flip two switches and its engaged then flip of two switches it's an open diff so it drives like normal. I love the set up for 35s.

Arb is by far the most popular selectable air locker on any off road forum. They are great lockers and great customer service. If you break an air line or blow a seal your screwed. Also you have to have someone who knows how to install arbs not just lockers to get a proper install. Finally you have to drill a hole in your diff housing.

Eaton e locker is also a very good choice if you don't want to spend money on an extra air compressor to use your already expensive locker. They lock up with a switch that sends an electric impulse which if your keep doesn't have electricity your jeep won't turn over so your locker not working is the least of the worries. Finally you also have to drill a hole in your housing.

I debated getting both of those for a while but in the end decided ox air locker for I wanted to be able to air up my tires by myself then if I broke the air line going to the locker I could install the drive away lock nut to engage the locket and finish the trail then take it out and drive home.
Ox also makes an mechanical and electric locker by the way.
Downside ox you dont get to chose a diff cover you have to use theirs. They also came out with new locker design to fix old flaws which is good.

Yukon also makes a zip locker which is a knock off of an old ARB design which I dont know anyone who runs them but people have their opinions on them without using them. So you get alot of bs with that.

Also the Detroit isn't a selectable locker it is an automatic locker so I wouldn't recommend it for snow driving or dding.
Automatic lockers aren't good for snow end of story.

Hope I helped also don't forget I don't drive in snow in my tj and I have an ox locker so I am biased towards it.




I recommend getting a dana 44/ ford 8.8 for the rear not buying a regear and locker for a dana 35.
 

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I dd my rig to and from school/work/base. I have yukon premium 4.88 gearing with motive install kit. Best set up ever.
I run an aussie in the front dana 30 (not reccommended for snow) great cheap locker but the automatic locker isnt the best when in 4 wheel drive trying to turn.
I run an ox air locker in the rear ford 8.8 for I believe it is better than arb air for it has drive away lock and no inner seals inside the locker. This is a selectable locker so I flip two switches and its engaged then flip of two switches it's an open diff so it drives like normal. I love the set up for 35s.

Arb is by far the most popular selectable air locker on any off road forum. They are great lockers and great customer service. If you break an air line or blow a seal your screwed. Also you have to have someone who knows how to install arbs not just lockers to get a proper install. Finally you have to drill a hole in your diff housing.

Eaton e locker is also a very good choice if you don't want to spend money on an extra air compressor to use your already expensive locker. They lock up with a switch that sends an electric impulse which if your keep doesn't have electricity your jeep won't turn over so your locker not working is the least of the worries. Finally you also have to drill a hole in your housing.

I debated getting both of those for a while but in the end decided ox air locker for I wanted to be able to air up my tires by myself then if I broke the air line going to the locker I could install the drive away lock nut to engage the locket and finish the trail then take it out and drive home.
Ox also makes an mechanical and electric locker by the way.
Downside ox you dont get to chose a diff cover you have to use theirs. They also came out with new locker design to fix old flaws which is good.

Yukon also makes a zip locker which is a knock off of an old ARB design which I dont know anyone who runs them but people have their opinions on them without using them. So you get alot of bs with that.

Also the Detroit isn't a selectable locker it is an automatic locker so I wouldn't recommend it for snow driving or dding.
Automatic lockers aren't good for snow end of story.

Hope I helped also don't forget I don't drive in snow in my tj and I have an ox locker so I am biased towards it.




I recommend getting a dana 44/ ford 8.8 for the rear not buying a regear and locker for a dana 35.

Im looking into the dana 44/ford 8.8 swap. Regardless if I swap it or not im regearing and installing lockers. The information helped alot thank you :D
 

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Im looking into the dana 44/ford 8.8 swap. Regardless if I swap it or not im regearing and installing lockers. The information helped alot thank you :D
Oh I am not saying don't re-gear/locker in your new rear axle I just wasn't recommending putting the money into a dana 35.

Have you been to Drivetrain Specialists East Coast Gear Supply for a built axle shipped to you?
If you can weld just go over to a local pick and pull snag a ford 8.8 and build it.
Finally I would look on the wrangler forum/jeep forum/pirate 4x4 classifieds and ebay and craigslist for someone going to one tons after already building their rear axle up. Mostly common on pirate.
 

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For the Eaton E-locker the 8.8 uses the 2 pin design while the 44 has an updated 4 pin. If you're set on an eaton e-locker I would get the 4 pin
 
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