Curious... Spartan locker vs. old school detroit locker. Pros and cons in your opinion other then price for a daily driven vehicle in the rear. Don't care about discussion of locker vs other stuff on DD, just strictly Spartan vs. Detroit. I've been hearing a ton about this spartan locker and the price is super cheap. I'm ready to pull the trigger on a Detroit in the next week or two but everywhere I look I keep seeing spartan this and spartan that. Probably doesn't help I've been watching the Spartacus series too on TV. LOL
One of the primary selling points for the Spartan Locker is the ease of installation. These lunchbox lockers simply take the place of the spider gears in a standard open carrier.
Depending on what you expect to get out of your vehicle, the Spartan Lockers work great for a wide range of applications. If you are planning on using tires larger than 33" or use you vehicle for truck pulling, the Detroit Locker will be better suited for that purpose.
I have a TJ Wrangler that I wheeled for several years with a Dana 35 Rear Axle and Dana 30 Front Axle. I ran Spartan Lockers in both axles and got by just fine. The only problems that I had were a broken rear axle, no fault of the Spartan, and I did break a rear cross pin in the 35 primarily because we were trying to climb a 4' rock ridge and completely exceeded the capability of the vehicle. Again hard to blame the Spartan for my aggressiveness or lack of good judgment.
Detroit Lockers are a much heavier built unit that is designed to lock up more aggressively. If you decide to go that route you may seriously consider the Yukon Gear Grizzly Locker. This unit will exceed the capabilities of the Detroit Locker and comes with a 2 year warranty along with a $2000 collateral damage coverage as well.
We have sold a large number of the Spartan Lockers with minimal problems. It all comes down to how you are planning to use the vehicle and what your expectations are.
Daily Driver, will tow small 5X8 open and enclosed trailers with dirt bikes. Will be on 33" or 35" tires and it's in the rear of a non-jeep vehicle that's actually heavier then most jeeps. (put it this way, it's going in what most jeep owners pull their Ford 8.8's out of. LOL) Install difficulty doesn't matter to me cause it's not something I have to deal with all the time. If it's a one time single install but more difficult that's fine, don't care about that... (shop will do install if detroit, I will install if spartan but like I mentioned in the last post, money isn't a deciding factor on this purchase so really in my shoes, the detroit is an easier install cause I won't be doing it. LOL) I'd looked at the yukon Grizzly but I'm leaning towards the Detroit cause of history and reputation of the product. LOL and now that I just said money isn't a deciding factor... I can't find a yukon close to the price I can get a detroit. (I am using price on that consideration cause I feel like the yukon and detroit are more apples to apples as a product where comparing spartan to detroit eventhough they're the same purpose are drastically different so I'm not using cost as a factor in that decision)
Anyways, thanks for the info... I'm still leaning towards the Detroit and will most likely actually place my order today. Figured it was worth one last quick question before I pulled the trigger.