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What lockers do you like best?  

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  1. 1. What lockers do you like best?

    • OX (cable)
      2
    • Detroit
      4
    • Auburn (electric)
      0
    • ECTED (electric)
      4
    • ARB (air)
      7
    • Lock Right
      1
    • Aussie
      5


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Personally I wouldn't DD anything with any locker, but just a rear shouldn't affect your handling much, just make you wear down tires if you turn a lot.

 

But then again, by the time I lock anything it will be selectable front and back.

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selectable would be the best way to go.

 

 

that said...why not run selectable front, and just run either a trac-loc limited slip in the rear, or a simple detroit in the rear?

 

A limited slip in the rear and locker up front will help immensely, and keep you 100% street-able, and not affect your tires much (if at all) when it comes to wear. you'll still be able to get through alot of the most difficult terrain as well.

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Just in and of itself on design, durability and usefulness. I selected the ARB as my top choice.

BUT, it is costly up front, costly to install and frankly not always the best choice. Especially for occasional wheelers.

I choose the Aussie as my second choice. Its cheap, durable, and well made. One huge advantage, if your even a bit handy EASY to install in a "open" carrier.

 

The OX is a good one as well, but problems arise with the routing of the cable. So knowledgeable routing is tantamount to reliability and longevity.

 

CW

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Interesting thing about the OX is how you can now get an electric actuator or an air actuator. I haven't heard of anyone retrofitting these on an existing OX locker though. It would be interesting to see how they work.

 

I'm running a front No-Slip and a rear Detroit in my daily driver. No driveability issues and no unusual tire wear.

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I'm running spools front and rear so I don't have any opinions of other lockers based on actual experience. I only know that spools should not be up front. :D A front spool will limit your turning radius every chance it gets. I'll soon be dumping it for an automatic locker (like a Detroit or an Aussie).

 

Be careful about which axles you're putting locker in. Stock MJ axles are generally not strong enough to accommodate the combination of big tires and lockers.

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The ECTED is Auburn's electric locker.

 

Willy

 

:thumbsup:

 

 

Yup, I have two of them..

You will notice I didn't vote for them, suggest them and of until now.. . even mention them... STAY AWAY!!! I had many, many problems with service. The company outright lies and will not support there product with out serious lag work on the buyers side. In the end, both work fine, but the problems I had to get here force me to "suggest" any and all people to look elsewhere.

 

CW

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i have open in front and detroit in rear. drives great off road i hardly need 4wheel drive for most of the driving.

 

switch my tires more than normal though.

 

x2, running the same setup. I'm rotating 5 tires so the wear isnt bad. just have to make sure you routinely rotate them.

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i have open in front and detroit in rear. drives great off road i hardly need 4wheel drive for most of the driving.

 

switch my tires more than normal though.

 

x2, running the same setup. I'm rotating 5 tires so the wear isnt bad. just have to make sure you routinely rotate them.

 

So, why is there such a need to rotate more than usual? If the Detroit doesn’t engage until one wheel begins to slip why would it wear more…?

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i have open in front and detroit in rear. drives great off road i hardly need 4wheel drive for most of the driving.

 

switch my tires more than normal though.

 

x2, running the same setup. I'm rotating 5 tires so the wear isnt bad. just have to make sure you routinely rotate them.

 

So, why is there such a need to rotate more than usual? If the Detroit doesn’t engage until one wheel begins to slip why would it wear more…?

 

who said it engages when one wheel slips?

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I have owned two Detroit lockers, both in street vehicles, one in a Mustang and one in a Ford Van, Both with 9" rears. They are excellent, durable and quite HARSH! Sure they will unlock in turns, but the ratcheting is more noticeable than the lunchbox lockers that copy it. Get a little heavy footed in a turn and you had better be hanging on and not need to turn tightly. Cause if you have good traction, the vehicle is not going to be turning so well. It wants to go straight, now the wide, sticky street tread tires I was running on both didn't want to give up and traction, so this made it more noticeable. This is of coarse the case for all lockers on the street. It just seemed to me that the Detroit epitomises this "automatic lane change" feature.

 

CW

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I have owned two Detroit lockers, both in street vehicles, one in a Mustang and one in a Ford Van, Both with 9" rears. They are excellent, durable and quite HARSH! Sure they will unlock in turns, but the ratcheting is more noticeable than the lunchbox lockers that copy it. Get a little heavy footed in a turn and you had better be hanging on and not need to turn tightly. Cause if you have good traction, the vehicle is not going to be turning so well. It wants to go straight, now the wide, sticky street tread tires I was running on both didn't want to give up and traction, so this made it more noticeable. This is of coarse the case for all lockers on the street. It just seemed to me that the Detroit epitomises this "automatic lane change" feature.

 

CW

 

You really won't get thrown around by a Detroit in a longer wheelbase rig, like a Comanche.

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