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ARB Air Locker

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Product Information

MSRP: $4,000.00
Average Price: $952.55
Manufacturer: ARB
Yes: 101 / No: 1

ARB has been challenging conventional thinking on off road equipment
designs for over 30 years, and the ARB Air Locker has been a success
from the very beginning. Created to provide 100% traction on demand,
without sacrificing any of your vehicle’s highway driving performance,
ARB Air Lockers employ a 12 volt air compressor designed to activate
(and deactivate) a solid and durable locking mechanism inside the
differential. This gives you the traction you need, when you need it, all
at the flick of a switch, all within the safety and comfort of the driver’s

The advantage of the ARB Air Locker lies in the pneumatically operated
locking system inside the differential. When activated, the Air Locker
prevents the differential gears from rotating and therefore prevents the
axle shafts from turning independently of each other. With both wheels
tied directly to the rotation of the ring gear the vehicle maintains
maximum possible traction at all times. When unlocked, it operates just
like conventional "open" differentials.

In addition to providing outright improvements to a 4x4’s off road
capabilities, the Air Locker offers significant environmental benefits.
When approaching difficult terrain, less reliance is put on momentum.
An Air Locker equipped truck can be driven in a slower, safer and more
controlled manner as a result of vastly improved traction. This style of
driving greatly reduces the likelihood of incurring vehicle damage and
lessens the environmental impact as well.


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Registered User
edmond's Reviews

04-23-2008, 03:37 AM
ARB Air Locker
Pros: ability to turn on when wheeling, off on street
Cons: price
Recommended? Yes

Comments: These are the best lockers IMO. Never had a problem and I have had them on three Jeeps, highly recommended.


Junior Member
68redcat's Reviews

04-21-2008, 10:43 PM
ARB Air Locker
Price: $900.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: very nice,


Registered User
JFiorentino's Reviews

04-21-2008, 03:32 PM
ARB Air Locker
Price: $750.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I have an ARB locker in the back diff. and love it. I can walk over most obsticles in 2 wheel drive locked.


Go Wolfpack
Pacfanweb's Reviews

04-18-2008, 11:38 PM
ARB Air Locker
Price: $1,400.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Best locker on the market, IMO.


110K miles and counting!
WillyB's Reviews

04-18-2008, 05:47 PM
ARB Air Locker
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Freebie! Hand-me-down front locker from an old friend who upgraded to the Super30.

Registered User
TJ_with_Tusks's Reviews

04-15-2008, 05:08 PM
ARB Air Locker
Recommended? Yes

Comments: no hooked up yet, wait till semester is over for review .

Registered User
Breaksteel's Reviews

04-10-2008, 05:35 PM
ARB Air Locker
Price: $749.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I couldn't believe how much better the jeep wheeled when the lockers were installed. Nothing like having push button traction within 4 seconds.


Registered User
xjpete's Reviews

04-05-2008, 03:54 PM
ARB Air Locker
Price: $900.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Always a problem with o-rings leaking!

Registered User
mpgrunt2002's Reviews

04-03-2008, 02:59 AM
ARB Air Locker
Price: $800.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: not to bad to install and work well for an everyday driver

Registered User
natehate's Reviews

03-31-2008, 01:08 PM
ARB Air Locker
Price: $710.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: awesome


Flash2004's Reviews

03-27-2008, 06:14 PM
ARB Air Locker
Price: $1,500.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I have an ARB in the rear D44 and there is no question the positive engagement is reassuring. ARB have told me the locker is able to be engaged on the move and even under wheelspin with no problems and I do often enough. I know of no maechanical failures of these units even in severe competion in New Zealand. I also had one in the front with the D30 axle and I found it of limited value in the sort of terrain we have here in NZ. The Dana traklock in the front replacement D44 seems to work much better. What I mean is with the front ARB locked there is a tendency for the front to fade to left or right if traction is scarce on a climb and the slope goes that way. This can lead to instant and dangerous sideways momentum. There are two downsides to the ARB in my opinion. One is that while they positively engage, they will disengage only when they feel like it. When you're poised on the point of no return I'd prefer to know absolutely whether they have disengaged and with ARB you don't. Secondly, a high quality of installation is critical, not only for the health of your other diff components after reassembly but also so you'll avoid air line failures in the field. I know from first hand experience when, long after the install, the copper airline inside the rear housing let go and blew the seal around the housing. No biggie if you don't need a locker to get home and don't drive through any water on the way.

Registered User
TheRo0sTer's Reviews

03-27-2008, 05:33 PM
ARB Air Locker
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Can you stay OUTSTANDING???

Registered User
BigTorqueCJ's Reviews

03-26-2008, 12:10 AM
ARB Air Locker
Price: $550.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: The only selectable locker that I can recommend since I never used any other. The ARB Air Locker works flawlessly and has a long-standing reputation as an industry leader. I bought mine many years ago.


Registered User
AROSETO's Reviews

03-22-2008, 01:54 AM
ARB Air Locker
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Its a rubicon, so not arb but has lockers


Registered User
the_weirdo's Reviews

03-20-2008, 12:12 AM
ARB Air Locker
Price: $700.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: ARB locker in my D30 is the best mod I have spent cash on.

Registered User
kennyjr748's Reviews

03-08-2008, 03:39 AM
ARB Air Locker
Price: $900.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: locked front and rear. Had the compressor stop working once, but it was the ground wire that had come loose.

Whipper Snapper

Registered User
Whipper Snapper's Reviews

03-03-2008, 08:03 PM
ARB Air Locker
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Works great so far


Registered User
pryde551's Reviews

02-27-2008, 04:15 PM
ARB Air Locker
Pros: Selectable, strong
Cons: None, so far.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I am running these in the front and rear. I love being able to select the lockers at the push of a button. I have never had a problem with these and will definitely recommend these to my kid when he is ready to start building his rig.


Senior Member
CETROV's Reviews

08-05-2006, 02:21 AM
ARB Air Locker
Pros: Selectable, strong, you can count on theses
Cons: pluming, set up, compressor, air lines, leaks.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: I have been running ARBs for a few years in the front and in the rear. Awesom lockers - They have never let me down - Did have problems with the ARB compressor leaking - I bought a new one - and it works good so far. The lockers have been to hell and back - no complaints at all.


Registered User
z71offroader's Reviews

08-03-2006, 07:11 PM
ARB Air Locker
Pros: Selectable
Cons: Price
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Have these front and rear on my YJ and am so glad i spend the extra $$ on them. its great to have the option to lock them whenever it is needed. dont think i will be able to buy anyother locker now!

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