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Unread 06-04-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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Front Locker HELP

Someone please clear this up for me, I thought I had done plenty of research, and used the search feature several times with no avail.

I was planning on installing a Lock Right locker in the front of my 97 ZJ, I have completed the 242 swap. The problem being, is that a friend of mine who has 98 ZJ also has a Lock Right, but has locking hubs. He says that without the locking hubs I won't be able to turn.

Can someone please confirm or deny his claims, the locker is sitting in my garage ready to install.

HELP.........PLEASE

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Unread 06-04-2013, 07:17 PM   #2
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i have a spartan lockers in the hp 30 front and 8.8 rear of my zj. with a 231 swap of course and i can turn fine. i don't have manual locking hubs. just running a hp dana 30 with stock hubs. You should be fine as long as you have a 2 wheel drive option for the road. turning in 4x4 with locked front and rear is always gonna be tough.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 07:19 PM   #3
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I do have the option of 2wd, but I have the stock LP D30
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Unread 06-04-2013, 07:31 PM   #4
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You're fine.

Install then and then tell him it's magic.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #5
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Ive taken your advice before White Out, I'll let you know on Sunday.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 07:50 PM   #6
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Youll be fine. Youd really feel it with a full time case. Running it in 2wd on pavement will be ok you may still feel it in tight turns though
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Unread 06-04-2013, 09:15 PM   #7
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I'd recommend locking your rear axle with a Spartan instead. All else being equal a rear locker will get you further down the trail than a front locker.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 10:56 PM   #8
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I'd recommend locking your rear axle with a Spartan instead. All else being equal a rear locker will get you further down the trail than a front locker.
The general consensus in AZ wheeling is to have the front locked, as said before, I have the Lock Right already, but thanks
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Unread 06-05-2013, 07:21 AM   #9
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General consensus cannot negate the laws of physics. . . .
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Unread 06-05-2013, 11:58 AM   #10
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i would take front locker over rear locker any day.


as said, front lunchbox locker with unit bearings and 2wd case is fine
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Unread 06-05-2013, 12:20 PM   #11
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I run the trails east of Florence and at Table Mesa with both of my rigs and IMHO a locker in the rear first did the most for me. I only have to turn the front on in a few spots on trails like LT, Predator, and Elvis. You'll like it in the front, but my choice would be the rear first/also.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 12:24 PM   #12
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just stay off the skinny pedal during tight turns. And expect some fun looks when you pull up behind someone in a gas station lol.

But yea i'd take a rear locker first. But set it up as you want.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 12:58 PM   #13
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I used to have an aussie in the front and a Lock-rite in the rear with a 231 tc. In 2wd, I never knew the front locker was there under any power condition. I could hear a light clicking sound in turns. In 4lo, tight turns offroad on a hard surface was a little binding. One tire had to slip a little and sometimes the locker would release with a bang. All normal. I never had occasion to drive on icy or snowy conditions, but imagine that it could get dicey in 4wd. With the selectable lockers, as long as I can keep all four tires on the ground, I don't turn them on.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 04:11 PM   #14
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rear over front. that way you can turn tight, drive your 4x4 on icy roads and going fast in 2wd is a lot more fun.

i have buddies that run the aussie up front and they don't have issues though. except on the road in 4wd.
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