Choosing a locker
So I'm at the point where I'm getting ready to set up my axles finally. I'm a bit blown away by all the options for lockers. How do you choose?
It seems most standard type lockers run around 6-7$, and the type that replace the spider gears run around 3-400$, with selectables up near 1000$. Then you have mini-spools which are pretty cheap, and full spools which aren't bad either.
The Jeep we're building is going to be our camping rig. We'd like it to be good on the road, possible going a couple hundred miles on the highway. We'd also like to play around in the dirt with it. No rocks and not much mud, just fun trail rides.
I'm thinking of doing a locker up front, or possibly a spool to save cost. And a limited slip in the rear (I'd like a selectable locker for the rear, but that's out of my price range.) Another factor to consider is I'll be installing these myself along with gears. Doing an entire carrier kind of scares me, but I have to do the gears anyway, so I'll suck it up and do it. However, maybe one design is a bit easier to set up than another?
So, how do I choose? Detroit seems to be the brand of choice for lockers, and Eaton is a good OEM quality that seems to perform well for LS. Does anybody have any advice for selecting? I guess the same question goes for gears too. I mean, how different can they be if they're all about the same price?
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