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Unread 07-07-2012, 01:17 AM   #1
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Best locker?

What is the best locker for a DD weekend warrior? 8.8 rear btw.

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Unread 07-07-2012, 01:35 AM   #2
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Open diff for sure.
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Unread 07-07-2012, 01:42 AM   #3
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Open diff for sure.
But thts not doin me any good on the offroad part....

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Unread 07-07-2012, 02:08 AM   #4
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just put a Posi or a lunchbox locker in there. Unless you are really wheeling the heck out of your jeep, you don't NEED a full case locker like an ARB or an Ox locker. If you are like me, and probably 80% of Jeep owners, you will get never need more than what a lunch box locker will provide. If you WANT a full case locker and you have the means, thats a different story. Don't over build your Jeep. I think its a common mistake made by people with Jeeps. Most of the stuff people buy doesn't need to be on their jeeps, and its money better spent on gas.
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Unread 07-07-2012, 02:11 AM   #5
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a winch??
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Unread 07-07-2012, 08:33 AM   #6
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For a DD, I have to give the nod to any selectable. Factory road manners and full traction when you want it. Provided you can afford it, selectable all the way. Don't waste your money on an LSD. If you want a locker and compromise with an LSD you will not be happy. If you want an LSD, then by all means, but dont get one thinking it is a viable alternative to a locker. The cheaper way out and to get a locker is lunch box locker like an Ausie, Spartan, lockright etc. However, make sure your 8.8 is an open carrier and not a worn out LSD. The lunch box lockers for the open 8.8 will not fit an LSD 8.8.

As for over building your jeep, the best places to over build are the places that will take the most abuse. The drive line from ujoints to lockers to axle shafts should absolutely be over built. Not breaking something and getting home is alot better to me than a tank of gas.
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For a DD and a casual wheeler the TruTrac works really well.
Not a true locker by any means, but works great with a little brake
and it is totaly transparent on the street.
Best LS on market IMO.
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Unread 07-07-2012, 09:47 AM   #8
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For a DD and a casual wheeler the TruTrac works really well.
Not a true locker by any means, but works great with a little brake
and it is totaly transparent on the street.
Best LS on market IMO.
Yep. I may have one for sale if I can ever afford the elocker
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What is the best locker for a DD weekend warrior? 8.8 rear btw.

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But thts not doin me any good on the offroad part....

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You didn't say what type of wheeling you do or what your budget is. In fact, it's a pretty generalized question that can yield one hundred right and wrong answers. How about a little more info?

Sorry for the open diff answer because it wasn't what you were looking for but the words "daily driver" and "open differential" actually go hand in hand. Are you looking for a full case locker or a lunchbox? Some (Krochus) will argue that Lincoln Locking it is sufficient on the street. It all depends on your driving style and what kind of weather you have to contend with.
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Unread 07-07-2012, 02:32 PM   #10
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I am looking for somthing thts good offroad as well as tamed on road. I just don't want an open rear. Somthing like a L/S. what is a lunchbox locker? Are they friendly on the street? Im in PA do we can also have some harsh winters, so I would like to upgrade for that reason also.

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Had a Detroit locker in the back, hated it. Damn thing was harder to control in corners and freeway on-ramps than a bucking bronco. Now have an ARB selectable locker, loved it from the very first corner I drove on road. Fell even more in love with it from the very first moment it was engaged off road. Then fell head over heels with it the first moment I didn't need it, and was able to disengage it.

In other words... there when you need it, and not in your way when you don't.
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For selectable lockers that are street friendly and offroad dominant you'll start with price and narrow it down from there. Folks may tell you that the auburn gear ECTED locker is terrible right before they tell you that they have never personally run one. I believe that the limited slip in the snow and the locked function offroad will make your jeep quite formidable wherever you go. The cost is lower than the rest of the selectable lockers but the price of installation is more costly than that of a lunchbox locker that installs within the carrier and requires zero gear setting. What kind of terrain do you encounter?
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Unread 07-07-2012, 03:12 PM   #13
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I have the stock lsd in my 8.8 worth a Spartan up front. When I do my gears, I'm leaving the lsd but going to rebuild it and stuff more clutch plates and shims plus a better spring, not a locker but will do its job when needed.
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Unread 07-07-2012, 03:55 PM   #14
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For selectable lockers that are street friendly and offroad dominant you'll start with price and narrow it down from there. Folks may tell you that the auburn gear ECTED locker is terrible right before they tell you that they have never personally run one. I believe that the limited slip in the snow and the locked function offroad will make your jeep quite formidable wherever you go. The cost is lower than the rest of the selectable lockers but the price of installation is more costly than that of a lunchbox locker that installs within the carrier and requires zero gear setting. What kind of terrain do you encounter?
Mud, snow, some rocks, hills trails, and plan on goin to raush creek a lot. So a little bit of everything.

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I have a detroit in my rear and I'd have to vote against it for a DD, its noisy and doesn't corner well. Fanstastic to have off road though, so no complaints there. I also have a trutrac up front, its considerably better behaved. My vote would be a selectable locker (on principle, I don't have much experience with them) or an LSD.
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