in the front i would install a cheap automatic lunchbox locker like the powertrax lockright or the aussie locker. the aussie costs only about 230 $ and is much easier to install than a manual locker. you will not notice these automatic front lockers. only a silent clicking on the road. off the road it will be there when you need it.
manual lockers are a bit better off the road, but much more expensive (the ARB air locker costs about 900$ + an ARB compressor).
i would buy two ARBs if there would enough money. that´s why i decided to buy two aussie lockers this summer.
now if i purchased this locker would it always be engaged? how does it work? if it does always stay engaged would this affect my on road driving? b/c i dont take it out mudding as much as i do driving on regualr roads, but when i go mudding i want it to preform well.
and i just read this... could someone break this down into idiot terms for me??
"""Under no circumstances should the Aussie Locker be installed in the front of a full- time 4 wheel drive vehicle.
To prevent damage to the drive line no four wheel drive vehicle should be driven on the highway with the front hubs locked and the 4 wheel drive engaged. The Aussie Locker in the front differential of a 4 wheel drive vehicle (excepting full-time 4WD), properly equipped and installed, provides dramatic off road traction and very good on-highway handling. """
on the road you should not use 4H or 4L with an automatic locker. because it would lock in every courve. that would cause a very dangerous on road handling.
if you drive in 2H you will not notice the aussie. nothing will change. you will only hear a "click" from the locker in slow curves.
a friend has an aussie in the front and rear of his XJ with manual transmission. and there is no problem on the road.
only if i press the pedal a bit too much i notice that there is a locker in the rear.
ok so basicaly if i bought the lockers for the front and the rear i will have no problem while on the road and when im off road in 4h or low, the lockers will engage and i will have true four wheel drive.. right?
im feel soo dumb but thank you guys for baring with me!! i was doing some more reading, and i only see the front lockers... now i shouldnt have to worrie about the rear tires? just the front ones?
btw- im not sure what locker i need.. i see there is different ones to choose from for different axles... my jeep is a 2002 tj sport.... what kind of axle do i have?
you will feel a difference w/ a locker in the rear, it may lock up on turns and you will have to either slip the clutch or power threw, i would suggest, just a front locker, becasue in my expierinece it is usually the front that spins
i would get a front one and wheel it likethtat for a while, and if you find your still getting stuck either buy a rear locker, or get a winch, personally i would go with a winch becasue it will get you out and it will not decrease the on road ability of the truck
that´s the same way i will do it.
first a front aussie and then if i still get stuck i will buy a rear aussie. i still have a winch (it´s just ordered and will be installed before i buy the front ausssie).
an aussie in the rear is ok in my buddys XJ.
if it´s raining or snowing you have to take care. without a locker only one wheel on the rear will spin if you push the pedal a bit too much. that´s no problem. with a locker both rear wheels will spin and then you loose control very fast.
you will get used to that in a few days. but if it´s raining i wouldn´t give a rear aussie locked jeep to a person that doesn´t have experiences with that.
just to jump in here with my own curiousity, having an aussie up front wouldn't affect the driving capability on road unless in 4WD. this may be a really stupid ? but it will only lock when put into 4WD correct, if you use it on the road... say... if it was snowing or really bad conditions would it be ok to use?
i was told that it only locks if there is some torque at the front driveshaft (only in 4wd). so it doesn´t matter if the road is dry or slippy.
but i don´t know what will happen if you drive slowly with 4H when there is snow or ice on the road. i think that it will lock then in curves. that wil give a bigger turning radius. i wouldn´t drive very fast with 4H on the road...
I just got done talking with my mom`s neighbor and he`s realy big into off raoding... he said he wouldnt recomend doing the front lockers without the rear lockers b/c then youll take the chance of tearing shit up ie"rear drive shaft parts"... now how much romping would you actualy have to do to tear stuff up on your rear end with just factory parts?
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