Wow...the G2 Rock Jock is really cheap. Compared to what it costs the build the D44 vs. the 60. I'm liking this idea more and more.
I'm also leaning to 4.88's over the 5.13's. I won't be towing anything and I have a pretty light LJ (compared to steel armor'd LJ's) and with the hopes of running 37's and 17'' bead locks, I don't think power will be an issue. I am at elevation tho and 75mph around here is normal.
I was surprised at how close the gap was between building the 44 and buying a 60 . Its what started this whole discussion for me .
Oh yeah! It just gets driven to church on Sundays and occasionally to the grocery store...
Love that picture , one of my favorites on the board .
The D30 E locker is a 4 pinon design and a good locker. Too bad they don't update the rest of the line. Still, you are not going to get the support you get from ARB from any other company.
Should I mention an Ox locker
Personally I would get an E-locker if I ever do a selectable...I've seen ARB's not to mention stock air lockers do bad things when it freezing out.
If I lived in WA state that might be a different story as ARB is local.
Lot's of if's in this post but it's just my pennies worth.
See I had never heard of this so I learned something ... debate is good . However my dislike for cold will most likely keep me from having issues with freezing anything .
I've only seen issues with ARB's in cold when it's really cold like 0 degrees and below. Once the diff heats up with use, the issue goes away. Also, the issue is that it won't lock. I would rather have a locker not lock than have pieces of broken spider gears all over my diff. Those won't work regardless of the temperature.
Also it doesn't matter if ARB is local. They have telephones and take delivery of packages from UPS, Fedex, and USPS daily assuming you are in the rare minority of people that have an issue.
I think the freezing wont affect me because if its that cold I am not outside
Freezing and below is what I'm speaking about specifically(really cold)...and the diffs don't warm up when your stuck and not moving. Not really trying to argue it's just happened to many times to me personally and getting out of the woods was not fun. No ARB for me...just my personal opinion man.
It does matter if ARB is local because I really like to support local businesses. Obviously they receive shipments from all freight companies.
Local is good and the returns to the community a business is based in are huge . In this case I want the best I can afford that isnt made in China .
ARB is not a company I would consider a "local business"
There world wide...
I look at them as local in that they have offices here in the states and if you call them they answer the phone .
The cold issue is easily fixed with dry air in the form of an air dryer in the line. ARB's are used in Iceland and other cold climates with no issues as long as the air is dry. Semi trucks would have similar problems if not for the air dryer that they use.
Also, are the Eaton E lockers made where you live? Seems like a silly way to pick products for your rig. Find a local shop and spend your money with them if you want to stimulate the local economy.
The air drier is a good idea , I suppose a desiccant based setup would work?
Weren't my lockers to trouble shoot. Just have a bad taste in my mouth...you ever had that feeling with a company before ?
I'm finished derailing this thread.
This thing has been off the tracks for a while , no worries !
With all that back and forth I can say with great confidence that I am going to go with 4.88s no matter the rear axle choice .