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If you're looking to save a few bucks, try the Aussie locker. I've heard nothing but good things about it and they are cheaper than the Detroit. They are also supposed to be quiet. Throwing one of these in your front diff will definitely increase your wheeling capability. If you're only going to do one diff for now, do the front first.

http://www.northridge4x4.com/proddetail.php?prod=AL-XD-13027&cat=158
 

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how hard are they to put it. im some what handy i put my lift on my self pulled my trans put new clutch presure plate and throw out bearing in my slelf is it that hard to do
 

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Do not put an auto locker in your front end if this is a daily driver. I see you are located in Illinois and most likely have to drive in the snow. If you have an auto locker your steering is limited due to the nature of the locker only wanting to go straight.

Not saying people don't do it. Nor am I saying everyone dies, but it's not the safest thing to do.

I would suggest putting an auto locker in the rear. Then when you lock up the front go selectable.
 

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Quite a few people (including me) have had problems in the last year with the Detroit EZ-locker. You might want to consider the Lockright or Aussie instead. They are essentially the same device but have a much better reputation.

I fought mine for about 6 months before pulling it out and getting rid of it. It would not lock properly and on any rough climb it would slip and bang loud enough that people would think I broke something. I noticed the people with the lockrights had none of those kinds of noises.
 

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Auto lockers are always locked and unlock when you are turning once you have adjusted your driving. A selectable is on when you activate it (mechanically, air, or electric).

Lockers will by their nature want to go straight which is why I suggest against a auto locker front. It will also put a much greater strain on the front end u-joints when trying to turn (in 4wd) on a higher traction medium such as rocks.
 

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Of all the lunchbox lockers available, the EZ-Locker probably has the worst reputation for problems. The Lockrite, No-Slip, and Aussie all have much better reputations. And since you live in snow country, I'm not so sure I'd want an automatic locker if you have to drive your TJ in 4x4 since they can be real squirrely on snow or ice-covered paved roads when you're in 4wd. :eek:
 

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is there any cheaper locker on the market that any one would no of and recomend for the offraoder that goes maybe once a week
for a rear dana 35
 

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The rear Dana 35c is not suitable for being locked due to it not being strong enough to handle the doubled torque a locked axle can send to either axleshaft. Once a locker is installed into a Dana 35c, it's not a matter of if you'll get a busted axleshaft etc., it's when. :)
 

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I agree with the above post except to note that the difference between a locked 35 and a super 35 is the fact that you re-use the 27 spline shafts for the weak version and you put in new larger 31 spline axles with the super35 kit.

If you are going to something like a detroit or arb, the only price difference is for the new shafts ($250-300). The locker and gear setup is the same price.

That said, I do have a locked 27 spline d35 with 31's and I have broken an axle. The answer to the why it is locked question is that the axle on it came that way. When I get ready to move up in tire size or break another axle I am planning on just getting a new detroit that accepts the 31 spline axles, a pair of new axles and staying right here.

I have tried pricing the d44 and 8.8 to get to the same locked setup and it never comes out cheaper no matter what some of these forums say.
 

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The rear Dana 35c is not suitable for being locked due to it not being strong enough to handle the doubled torque a locked axle can send to either axleshaft. Once a locker is installed into a Dana 35c, it's not a matter of if you'll get a busted axleshaft etc., it's when. :)


its really not even a matter of when ... but how many times per day :rofl:
 

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will my dana 35 be able to suport that wiht a breaking an axle
i really doubt it. i pop shafts on 33s ... of course i run conventional gear oil with no friction modifier (makes the Trash-loc act like a spool) and i am definitely not afraid of the skinny pedal (i carry 2 complete sets of shafts, seals, and bearings with me every trip ... and i have been on one trip where i did need need both sets ;) )

locking the 35 is kind of a bad idea .... swap in a 44 out of a junkyard TJ if you can find one
 
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