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Unread 09-19-2007, 08:11 PM   #1
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Aussie Locker Dana 30

Hey guys I've heard lots of good things about the Aussie locker. I have an 01 TJ and want to install a locker in the front (dana 30). What are the on road characteristics of the Aussie when driving in 2wd? How well does it lock off road? Is it a good locker for tight trails? How much should I pay for installation if I do get one? Any help with any of these questions would be great. Thanks

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Unread 09-19-2007, 08:25 PM   #2
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You double posted. I just put an Aussie Locker in my D30, and it works great. It is invisible in 2wd because the command track (I think thats what they call the vacuum disconnect) disengages the right side axle. I took it on the Rubicon 2 weeks ago and it was assume. There was only a slightly tougher problem with steering. But that is true of all lockers.
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Unread 09-20-2007, 09:40 AM   #3
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i think it is a great bang for the buck im getting ready to do it and im convinced...customer service is great and if anything does happen oh well they will replace it. Its a great way to suprise your jeep friends!
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Unread 09-21-2007, 05:06 PM   #4
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To summarize, you won't even notice the Aussie's (or Lockrite or No-Slip) presence when you're driving in 2wd.

The TJ does not disconnect the passenger-side hub from the axleshaft like the YJ does. Instead, the TJ's transfer case completely disconnects the front driveshaft when in 2wd which keeps the locker from locking up hard enough to notice until you shift into 4x4.
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Unread 09-21-2007, 10:17 PM   #5
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To summarize, you won't even notice the Aussie's (or Lockrite or No-Slip) presence when you're driving in 2wd.

The TJ does not disconnect the passenger-side hub from the axleshaft like the YJ does. Instead, the TJ's transfer case completely disconnects the front driveshaft when in 2wd which keeps the locker from locking up hard enough to notice until you shift into 4x4.

TJs don't have a vacuum disconnect? I didn't know that.
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Unread 09-30-2007, 05:38 AM   #6
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Installed Aussies front and rear. Very easy to install. The grin factor alone is priceless, when you can just walk up and over obsticles that used to a challenge. No noticable added steering problems in tight places that were'nt there before. The rear inner tire sometimes "cherps"or spins on tight turns, but that's not that big of a deal either. Just use less throttle. Sounds like a clacky toy while turning tight, but you'll get use to it. The added benefits far exceed the very minor inconveniences, if you can call them that. Great bang for the buck.
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Unread 10-03-2007, 08:40 AM   #7
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Has anyone here driven it in snow ? How did it do on road in 4wd during a snow storm while turning. Did it really under steer?
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Has anyone here driven it in snow ? How did it do on road in 4wd during a snow storm while turning. Did it really under steer?
You really don't want to have a front automatic locker installed if you have to drive in 4x4 on snow or ice-covered streets. For those conditions, I'd go with an ARB Air Locker so you can leave the front locker disengaged on slick road surfaces when you have to drive in 4wd.
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Unread 10-08-2007, 06:19 PM   #10
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It's fun in snow til it gets packed down to ice. I try to get out before the &*%^$ salt trucks.
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I don't have anything to add about snow but I installed mine 2 weeks ago and just got back from the Jamboree in Murphy NC. All I can say is holy Sh$t!!! It's completely invisible and silent on the road. On the trail it's AWESOME. It's easily the best 250 bucks I've ever spent on the jeep. It was pretty fun to install too...unless your jeep spent a couple of winters in Minnesota - the front axle knuckle thing took a little coercion to come apart.


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Unread 10-16-2007, 11:58 AM   #12
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You really don't want to have a front automatic locker installed if you have to drive in 4x4 on snow or ice-covered streets. For those conditions, I'd go with an ARB Air Locker so you can leave the front locker disengaged on slick road surfaces when you have to drive in 4wd.
Ok I was just about to post a thread asking specifically about this. I want to get a front aussie, but icy conditions are a guarantee in OK during winter. So, my question is, why is this not a good idea? What's going on mechanically that rules this out? Is it just that the slippage causes the locker to always be locked even under turning, causing binding in the axle?
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Unread 10-16-2007, 01:34 PM   #13
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Is it just that the slippage causes the locker to always be locked even under turning, causing binding in the axle?
Exactly. There is not enough traction on an icy road to help the locker unlock for turns. An automatic's normal mode is locked, it unlocks when one tire starts rotating faster than the other... as the outside tire must do during a turn. If that outside tire slips during the turn as it can on ice, the locker won't unlock and you'll have both tires turning at the same time during the turn... making that turn impossible or at least with a great deal of understeer.
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Unread 10-16-2007, 02:50 PM   #14
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I love having the locker in front, but off road I get a plowing effect. It usually happens when I turn sharply, and am traveling up hill. The front tires pull, but don't actually turn until you start moving some. I really noticed this a lot the weekend before last. I would have to make sharp turns on these big rocks, and there were steep ledges on the sides, so I had very little playroom to make the turn before I slipped off the side and went rubber side up. It's not a major issue, and I haven't noticed it much before, but in the circumstances I was in then, I could really tell a difference. On the other hand, had I not been locked, I doubt I would have made it to the position where I had the opportunity to notice this. This is why auto lockers aren't great in the ice.

I suspect this is true for any locker though, but just something I thought I would add.
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Unread 10-17-2007, 08:39 AM   #15
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Thanks Jerry. Guess I'll get an aussie for the rear and use the ice thing as an excuse to look into getting a rubi axle up front.
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