The cable is fully enclosed. if you think you will have an issue. put a few drops of oil in it like a speedo cable.
I have an OX in the rear and an e-locker in the front. both 44's... the front is HP axle. My take?
OX is tough as nails, never a wheeling issue. I know when it's locked, I know when it's open. never have ANY issue with the cable catching snaring anything. If I do break it, I can screw a bolt in to engage it, or just plug the hole and drive home. I like having the big, heavy cover included. I do, however have a few beefs with the OX.
1) if you have a tight cabin space, the cable routing is going to be a PITA. My cj is open, so not big deal.
2) the fill hole it completely useless at the tiny size it is. Plus, you cannot go buy a cover with a higher fill hole if you have a DC driveshaft and the pinion point up (like me!)
3) you may have to readjust the cable if you take the cover off. I like to actually look the my gear set every season, not just look for filings each year in the drain pan.
4) OX has been bought and sold so many times, it's hard to remember who's running the joint and what's been changed. what parts will there be if I break something? look at OX joint, they've been on and off the market a few times now, how can you trust that when you need an OX joint rebuild kit, they will be available?
E-locker is well made with nice machining. the wires and cabling is well thought out and high quality. I was a little concerned with the wires pulling out, but I keep the electrical connections easy to access, if something snags the cable, it just pulls the connector apart. easy fix. you can choose what cover you want/need for your type of wheeling. When I engage it, it locks. win. again, I have beefs...
1) install went smoothly EXCEPT to having to file down the anti rotation ring. this was NOT in the instructions and took a few extra hours of head scratching. maybe because of the HP axle. I don't know.
2) disengaging takes some time. this is normally not a problem, but it can be annoying.
3) lots of smaller parts and 2 pinions, hasn't been a problem, just an observation.
I have NO experience with other selectables. I didn't pick an ARB simply because OX was made in north america, and I wanted to snivel about something other then air lines! I'd try an ARB or a ZIP in a heartbeat just so see the difference (if any). I have OBA. if it breaks, pack a bike pump if you're that worried.
So, what does this boil down to? in my rough and tumble, pin it 'till the tires melt off on a rock wheeling rig? gimme the OX. if I had a plusher vehicle I drove every day and wheeled on the weekend. E-Locker fits the bill. Confused yet? there's no perfect choice, sorry!
Last edited by BSInc; 03-02-2013 at 03:51 PM.
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