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Unread 01-30-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
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Picking up stock rubicon axles outta a 04. I'll be swapping them into a 03 jeep wrangler. Question here is... What kinda compressor will be needed to lock the stock lockers? Will any ol compressor work? I'd prefer not to spend 500$ on a arb compressor. Does anyone have pics of a stock rubicon set up? Anyone got a stock setup for sale? Kinda hard to pass this set of axles up for a cheap price of 1,300. If someone post some pics of their stock rubi stuff and a little bit of their .02 id really appreciate it! Thank you!

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Unread 01-30-2014, 05:26 PM   #2
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Stock compressor will be your best option since they are the low psi that those lockers need. Almost any other compressor you'll have to regulate pressure down.
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Unread 01-30-2014, 05:32 PM   #3
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That's kinda what I was thinking. Would prefer not to spend the premium arb charges.
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This touches of a question I have had for a while. Do people run the Rubi lockers on traditional on board air systems (ARB, Vlair, York)? I have been under the impression that it is difficult to regulate the pressure down low enough to safely make it work. If it does work, I would assume people are running two regulators. One at low pressure for the lockers and a second for general use.
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This touches of a question I have had for a while. Do people run the Rubi lockers on traditional on board air systems (ARB, Vlair, York)? I have been under the impression that it is difficult to regulate the pressure down low enough to safely make it work. If it does work, I would assume people are running two regulators. One at low pressure for the lockers and a second for general use.
There definitely are people that do it, although probably not a lot because as you point out it really has to be regulated down. I don't think people bother though with a second regulator. Other things (e.g. filling tires) you just run at whatever pressure is coming off your compressor.
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Good point regarding tank pressure for general use. I'm still learning this stuff for a future project.

I suppose at this point in time there aren't too many who have tackled the issue, since the stock pumps aren't failing in large numbers from age and replacements are still available. I figure in ten years, OBA powered Rubi lockers will become more common.
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Unread 01-31-2014, 10:14 AM   #7
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Are rubi axles worth the money? Already planned to swap a HP30 and a 8.8 in with 37s but found these forsale and didn't wanna pass em up.
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Are rubi axles worth the money? Already planned to swap a HP30 and a 8.8 in with 37s but found these forsale and didn't wanna pass em up.
What's the price? Hard to say whether they are worth it without that detail.
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Unread 01-31-2014, 11:23 AM   #9
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$1,300. Said in first post
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$1,300. Said in first post
That is a very good price assuming all in working order. Not uncommon to see 2500-3000 for the pair. Which is crazy but people pay it.
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Unread 01-31-2014, 03:16 PM   #11
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I knew they went for a lot. I may just pick up and resale if I change my mind.
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I knew they went for a lot. I may just pick up and resale if I change my mind.
Just to give you context there is a guy over in TJ Tech talking about buying a set for 3600.
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Stock? Or built? These are 100% stock everything.
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Unread 02-01-2014, 05:35 PM   #14
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run out and buy them immediately if they are "REAL' rubicon axles in working order.... buy them and sell them..... then build the 8.8 and hp30 with your original investment PLUS the proceeds. stock rubi axles fetch on average $2400/3000 per pair. sell them for 2500 or better and profit 1200+


and in no way is a stock d44 rubi axle a stronger than a stock 31spline 8.8 explorer axle. will a d44 hold up to 37's... nope, not for long... sure didn't do so well against my 36 iroks.


you can readily source an 8.8 with 31 splines/4.10 ratio/disc brakes/posi ready to go for less than $450 around here add $330 for an Artec bracket kit and done. now you can dump 1720 into your front and lockers etc...


lastly. stock rubi lockers operate on 5 psi. it is complicated to regulate an aftermarket air system that low. your best solution if sticking with this route is to run the stock locker pumps [takes a pair-one for each axle]


from me to you, from real life experience.. just my 0.02
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Picking up stock rubicon axles outta a 04. I'll be swapping them into a 03 jeep wrangler. Question here is... What kinda compressor will be needed to lock the stock lockers? Will any ol compressor work? I'd prefer not to spend 500$ on a arb compressor. Does anyone have pics of a stock rubicon set up? Anyone got a stock setup for sale? Kinda hard to pass this set of axles up for a cheap price of 1,300. If someone post some pics of their stock rubi stuff and a little bit of their .02 id really appreciate it! Thank you!
Stock rub I lockers are electrical. U don't need a compressor.
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