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Unread 10-18-2011, 03:52 AM   #1
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Mechanical Lockers. D30

Looking at getting a mechanical locker for my 99 tj. What's everyones favorite? Is it better to spend the extra money on an air locker? Ive looked the ox lockers over and over again and have been considering one of those. Any pro's / con's over an air locker? Ive heard they can be a pain to lock in at times...

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Unread 10-21-2011, 05:07 PM   #2
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Unread 10-22-2011, 02:02 PM   #3
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ARB quality is unbeatable. The con is that you need an air source. OX lockers use a cable, so they are a more straight forward install. Auburn ECTED locker are electric, but they act as a limited slip when they aren't engaged which means more wear on an axle with hubs that do not disconnect, like your D30.

If you already have the gear setup you need, a lunchbox locker is your best bet for the money (Spartan or Powertrax). The downside is that you cant unlock. It the axle is getting power, its locked. This can be an issue if you want to use 4wd on the road and sometimes it limits your steer in tight spots.

ARB is the most expensive, but for good reason. I would go ARB or just lunchbox lock it. If you do gears at the same time, consider a detroit locker instead of the lunchbox.
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Unread 10-23-2011, 11:31 AM   #4
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arb's quality is unbeatable, and like xjcruiser said, the only disadvantage is the need to purchase the air compressor, but you can hook it up to inflate tires also after wheeling with air'd down tires, and you can alkso keep the compressor when/if you upgrade axle and end up with a different arb locker in a different axle, its a one time purchase and theyre not awfully expensive, id go with arb's
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