Dude, chill out. This is my experience with ARB's. I don't have, and never plan on running 50" tires. The Auburn is also a limited slip when not engaged. If you are concerned about metal shavings being attracted to the magnet, then maybe something is wrong with your setup.
Not sure what your deal is all about, I answered the OP with my opinion and definitely don't need you telling me to "chill out" and don't understand what your saying about "my setup" being wrong. I have no issues with my ARB or air kit and will be buying one for my rear.
I don't have any personal experience with the Ox or know of anyone personally who's had one, so I'm no help with that one. I remember reading about faults years ago when they first came out, but I'd rather not perpetuate what someone else experienced without seeing it for myself.
Originally Posted by kjonesie
They lock up tight without the noise of a compressor, leaking hoses and bad O rings
Have you personally experienced any of those things? You'd be hard pressed to hear my York compressor and I've not had a single leak or bad o-ring in the last 15 years of running ARBs.
Originally Posted by zillla
I have nothing agaihnst ARB's but as I stated the four I have been around all leaked, a bit and the compressor kept coming on. Maybe thats normal I don't know.
It might be normal for a poor installation job, but the actual locker isn't to blame there now is it?
I get a kick out of people dogging on ARBs because of issues that usually come down to operator error, either by the installer or owner. There's always the "I heard" posts as well.
I did have one problem with my current front ARB, but it was my fault. I decided to do the install and didn't have enough side load on the locker and it didn't always want to unlock. There are times on slickrock when you really need that front axle unlocked to make a tight turn, so it needed to be corrected. When I did a gear change I let a pro do the install on my front axle and haven't had a problem since.
It may be installation problems. I don't know.. What I do know is they all leaked and all had been installed for a while.. One guy bought a kit and replaced some "O"rings etc.. I do know ARB makes heavy duty air line affair. One buddy of mine couldn't get his to engage. He had just bought the Jeep, and didn't realize that he had to turn the compressor on first.. For the record I think ARB makes a very good product. If it wasn't for the extra cost and installation of a compressor i probly would have one or two in my rig..
I have been running ARBs front and rear, using the ARB compressor and switches, for about 7 years and love them. I have not had any trouble with any part of the system. I do carry some airline repair connectors but have never needed them. In my 56 cj5 I ran a Detroit rear and treuetrac front which were good off road but squirrelly on road, I doubt I will ever use a non-selectable locker again in a CJ.
Dang it, Im still confused/undecided. I like the ox but apparently it has some cable issues. E lockers, well the arb seems to be the better choice. Arb, I like it but, leak/no leak. Detroit or spool? I have basically a spool in the front and with both hibs locked it is very hard to steer. How would the steering be with a new high performance steering bow and pump? Oh and thanks for all the replies but please dont get upset and disgruntled. We all love our jeeps, no need to argue over them!
I still haven't read a single definitive post on any recent "cable issues" with the Ox, and I've been researching it most of the day. The Ox appears to have a strong following in hard-core wheeling circles. I think the price tag keeps them out of a lot of CJs, however.
I'm about 80% sure I'm gong with Ox, front and rear.
I'm welded in front with lockout hubs and an aussie in the back. The aussie gives horrible torque steer when I hit the gas and is loud as ****. But this isn't my dd so i don't really care
Probably sent from under my broken heep
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I've found several build threads in which guys used Ox lockers on their AMC 20/Dana 30 axles. They all love the setup.
You have three choices for engagement with the Ox, mechanical (cable), electric, or pneumatic. I'm leaning towards the KISS method and will probably go mechanical. They also offer a tool that allows you to manually engage/disengage the locker, in case there is a cable failure. I think that would be $25 well spent.
I based my choice for my situations on reliability, strength, availability, and money. I put a TruTrac in the front D30 and a Detroit softlocker in the rear AMC20. How do they work? Hell if I know, the Jeeps still in pieces. But decades of production and sales can't be wrong. Every one available has it's own pro's and con's.
Loc-rights front and rear foe me as well. I don't drive my jeep in the winter so I don't have issues with the mechanical lockers. Mine make very little noise and my cj handles the same as it did before lockers.
Detroit lockers front and rear. Do have to be a little more careful in ice and snow. If I ever break one of these lockers, which is unlikely, I will just replace it with a spool because I've only had either unit ratchet/unlock a half dozen times in the twenty years I've been running them.
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