I have recently purchased my first Jeep and the experience so far has been amazing. But I have recently discovered that an open differential simply will not do, as I have now encountered terrain and mud I am unable to enjoy without getting stuck or sliding down a hill. I have done a bit of research into lockers and have come up with the 'Aussie Locker' as a candidate for my YJ. I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on these or if there is any other affordable option. I am currently a student and funds are limited; however I will be able to do all the labour myself. Also I'm not sure if a locker will benefit me more in the front or rear axle? Any help will be much appreciated! Cheers, Nic
I also have an Aussie in the front. Works flawlessly, never hear any
noise out of it. Put your first locker in the front, and as you can
afford it, get Ford 8.8 rear end installed (with posi-lock) then add
electric locker to it as you can afford it. Do not waste a nickel on
add-ons to your stock d-35 rear end.
I know a lot of guys preach only ARB lockers, but unless you want
to spend over a thousand front and rear each , go with Auburn Ected
electric lockers on the rear for half the price. Mine has been on for
two years without fail on many wheeling trips. Locked is locked.
I run spartan lockers (same as a aussie) in both my front and rear axles and love them. And the whole front or rear axle debate really comes down to where you wheel or the kind of wheeling you do, here in pnw wa if we have to pick most opt for the front axle. It makes crawling alot easier when your jeep is pulling you over stuff in stead of pushing!
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I wanted the Aussie but couldn't get one because they were back ordered. I decided on the spartan cause it was basically the same, with free shipping and a new pin. I put mine up front (D30) and was surprised at how easy the install was and the improvement off road was incredible. The rear is the option if climbing extreme inclines due to the weight transfer. Depends on if your YJ is your daily driver as to using lunchbox lockers.
it is what it is except when its something else
I had an aussie in my TJ for over 3 years (D30) and had no problems. I have now switched to D44's and have detroit lockers front and rear and by far the aussie is better behaving than the detroit. (in the front)
I would suggest going with a Aussie in the front. I don't drive my jeep very often on the road, however if I had it to do over again I would probably pony up the cash and go for selectable lockers both front and back. I bought G2 dana 44's both front and back a few months ago with detroits in both and really like them off road but definetely know their there on the road.
Plus the aussie is about half the price of a automatic locker and 1/4 of the price of a selectable.
I have a Lock-Right in my DD's D30. Been in there for about 70K. Swapped gears 9 months ago and it looked great so I put it back in. I have 33" tires and won't be going any bigger. For me this has been a very effective low cost mod
"If a law is stupid, you have to break it."
Do you have a soft locker in the front, kind of nervous about going from a Aussie to a Detroit
I've ran the SoftLocker in the front of my TJ for the past 3 years. LOVE IT! I would recommend it to anyone. I've had friends who ran lunchbox lockers in the front of their TJ's, then hopped into mine and say that its less noticeable than the lunchboxes.
FWIW I feel more "torque steer" (or whatever you want to call it) from my front wheel drive Focus than I do my TJ. Its not noticeable at all in 2 dig, in 4 dig you know its there, but not unbearable.
From my experience the Detroit is the most reliable locking differential out there. Love them.
I have a Aussie in the front now and like it, but I have a Detroit that will bring into the front of my HP30 build with chromo shafts and 4.56 gears, I am used to the quirks of the Aussie and am wondering if a Detroit will be much worse. I live in AZ so snow and rain are not a factor.