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Unread 01-15-2014, 03:18 PM   #1
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Yay or Nay - Lunchbox Locker with TJ Passenger Shaft???

The title says it all "Yay or Nay - Lunchbox Locker with TJ Passenger Shaft???"

I'm changing transfer cases and will lose the transfer case vacuum switch (and CAD) as a consequence (maybe a benefit?). I have a Lock Right lunchbox locker in my Dana 30.

I'm interested in the one-piece TJ passenger side shaft as a solution. I'm worried that the TJ shaft may hurt the on-road manners of my Jeep because of the Lock Right. I'll basically be driving on just dry roads - very little rain and no ice or snow.

Yay or nay???




Just in case this comes up:

I don't really want to spend $150-200 on a Posi-lock system. I also don't really want to home-brew the Posi-lock.

Yes, a selectable locker would be best, but that's not my question! Also, selectable lockers aren't $250 like the lunchbox lockers - they're about $1000 more!


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That's my setup and no issue in 2H. It will clunk once in awhile but good road manners.

Excellent off road and yes it takes a little getting used to but no issues.

Once you get lockers you will never go back the pull of the front axle is awesome.

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I have the exact same setup on mine, and I am extremely happy with it. My Jeep rides well enough at 75mph, and in 2wd it isn't noticeable. The only things to keep in mind are that turning in 4wd will be a little more difficult, and you may need to balance your front driveshaft (or use this as an excuse to get a HD one built).
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... so much for me having my mind made up to get '95 shafts and keep the cad/posi-lock.
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Very occasional clunk at low speeds and very tight turns.
It was every day for about a week, then settled in to just now and again.
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I have a spartan locker up from and tj shafts, I don't even notice it. Only clicking ull here is in the first couple hundred miles while the springs get broke in. After that mines been quiet as a mouse. No vibes or driving issues.
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7 Yays...0 Nays....I'm convinced...

I know I can use a TJ shaft, but I'll have better luck finding an XJ shaft in the junkyard. I have a 95 with the larger Ujoints that I want to keep - what year XJs would be compatible?
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I was gonna do the 95 yj shafts for the bigger joints, but not being sure the cad on mine actually works I had considered the solid tj or xj shaft. I'd also like to know what years of those have the larger joints... expecially if it isn't gonna suck as bad as I thought on the road.
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I was gonna do the 95 yj shafts for the bigger joints, but not being sure the cad on mine actually works I had considered the solid tj or xj shaft. I'd also like to know what years of those have the larger joints... expecially if it isn't gonna suck as bad as I thought on the road.
All ABS cherokees, and 95+ cherokees have the larger u-joints.
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Unread 01-16-2014, 03:14 PM   #13
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I found this article to be pretty interesting:

http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/tr...ee-axle-guide/

It sounds like 1996-2001 XJ shafts will work.

But there was this one interesting comment:
"There was a ¼-inch change in the unitbearing flange-to-flange depth that can cause interference issues between the rotor, caliper, and even the face of the knuckle. It is typically safer to just take all the parts from the donor, however we have had luck mixing and matching parts."
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Have a lock right and chromoly shafts with the cad delete....love it not even noticable except a lil noise every once and a while during a tight turn. Gets a yayyyyyy from me....
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Not trying to hijack but if I put shafts from my 98 xj on a 94 yj would the yj need a different tcase? Or would I just take the vacuum line off and keep the same tcase?
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