Very cool, and nice video comparing two basically identical rigs, one locked and one open. If this doesn't convince someone contemplating a front locker then nothing will.
Did everyone notice how much gentler Vegas was on his rig getting up that climb. Lots of people think Lockers are harder on parts and you're sure to break an axle shaft. While that might be true at times the reality is you can approach an obstacle with a lot more finesse and a much lighter throttle. You can drive with your head instead of your foot.
Nice work, your Jeep is awesome and your driving skills are coming along nicely too.
Thanks a ton man!! And you bring up solid points. Probably the biggest perk of the locker is that it really lets me slow the pace down and find a good line. This obstacle is a good testament to that. On open diffs you really just have to stay on the gas, keep momentum and bump it hard. I dont know how well the video shows it but I am standing beside my buddies rig showing him the best line to run and it was a very violent thing to watch when he bumper the first ledge and the second threw him hard left. Look close enough and you cam see his right front tire way up in the air when it hit, and it all sounded painful.
The locker lets me maintain steady throttle and let the Jeep dig in and pull up, resulting in a much smoother more controlled climb. Absolutely best money Ive spent on my rig, and since its up front its almost invisible for DD use.
Yep - I love my Aussie. Granted, mine is locked rear/open front so my XJ would hit that climb with different manners. My rear pushes the front so my approach sometimes has to be a bit different. One day I'll gear it better and lock the front - I'm convinced it will be unstopable.
Nice rig Vegas!
Thanks man! Once you get around to doing one up front I think you will really be amazed. Being short arm at my height Ive even noticed it being easier on front end components. The front end pulls up obstacles where before the rear would just try and push me straight into (and sometimes under) a rock face.
Nice on the fab skills, brother. You've got one clean rig. Come out to eastern ky and get some mud on that thing!
Thanks man! I wish the KY Jeepforum crew werent so spread out. I do plan to setup a trip to DTOR in Bedford sometime this year if possible. Thats about 2 hours northeast of me but I believe I trust my rig to make it there and in one piece. Guess I could trailer it but where's the sport in that?
Hi Vegas, Awesome video and XJ! I have been reading & re-reading your thread. A very nice, purpose built Jeep!
While I am not looking to climb rocks, (or ruin it in mud), my XJ had some mods by the PO, along the same lines, sort of, LOL. IE, .. the "cut and fold rear quarters are all cut, no fold., long shackles in the rear, spacers in the front, no sway bars and 215 x 70 tires! A real gem. But no major rust, a 100,000 fewer miles than my ZJ and its a very Plain Jane 2 door.
I have picked up some great ideas from you, and just wanted to say "Thank You!"
Thanks for the kind words man! And good luck with the build, love me a 2 door XJ.