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Unread 04-10-2015, 03:31 PM   #1
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ARB Air Locker vs Eaton E-Locker vs. OX Cable Locker???

So I am looking to bump up the my game in my jeep this spring to prepare for some trails this summer. I am going to be swapping in some 5.13 gears front and back (D30 front/D44 rear) to help my 4.0 auto push my 35s along the way.

Now, the question I have is..... which locker should I decide to with?!?!

ARB Air Lockers - seem great but seem overpriced in the world of lockers especially when throw in the air compressor and finding a mounting location.

Eaton E-lockers - Seem to be great as well with a lower cost to them. Plus I feel if something were to happen to the wiring it could be repaired trailer side pretty easily, where if you get a hole in an air line you could be up S$%# Creek without a paddle...

OX Lockers - Also seem quality and one of the more reliable as far as it engaging and staying engaged...

Auburn ECTED - another e-locker that I have seen around but doesn't see to get the "hype" like Eaton does.


I am curious to hear about peoples likes/dislikes, experiences you've had or seen others have with the products.

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The arb and ox are both very strong.
The ox cover is not small, big diff covers can have clearance issues for some people.
Early auburns and eatons had reliability issues. They might be better now?

If it was mine I would consider a detroit rear and arb front. Jmho.
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When you purchase a ARB locker from 4wd.com it comes with a ARB compressor $170.00 value.

Fwiw.
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When you purchase a ARB locker from 4wd.com it comes with a ARB compressor $170.00 value.

Fwiw.
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Is 4wd.com doing that year round? ARB runs that promotion once or twice a year for a few weeks.

OP, carrying extra air hose and running it is an easy thing to do if necessary, although I've never had to do it (ARBs front and rear).
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If it was mine I would consider a detroit rear and arb front. Jmho.
Detroit Tru-trac or Detroit Lockers? I have seen both in my searches...

How do they engage/disengage?

Should mention this will be a freeway jeep as well.
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How do they engage/disengage?
Auto lockers are not selectable.
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Is 4wd.com doing that year round? ARB runs that promotion once or twice a year for a few weeks. OP, carrying extra air hose and running it is an easy thing to do if necessary, although I've never had to do it (ARBs front and rear).
Not sure, just added an ARB locker to my cart today and it popped in there saying "free"

No complaints here!
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I'm running and ARB in the front and ected locker in the back. I love the setup. I've had no issues with either and have been highly impressed with the Auburn in the back. That being said, I do have friends that had early versions like mine that had problems. Mine has been worry free though.

You need a selectable for the front unless you have hubs (which I am doubting you do), so that leaves you with the ARB, OX, or Eaton E Locker. Personally, I'd go with the ARB. They are tops on the market. I wouldn't worry about hurting the air line. It is durable and you did some serious work to damage it. Just make sure you run it where it doesn't rub and call it a day. For the rear, you could go anyway. Personally, if I was to build again, i'd go with a full time Detroit in the back. The clicking you get on the roads isn't bad and wouldn't bother me in a DD. They are super reliable and just not alot to go wrong with them (actuators, air/electrical lines/clutches).

I think you'll like the gear choice as well.
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You need a selectable for the front unless you have hubs (which I am doubting you do), so that leaves you with the ARB, OX, or Eaton E Locker.
Only need hubs with auto locker if you want it unlocked in 4WD. In 2WD not an issue.
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Auto lockers are not selectable.
Are both styles of Detroits Auto Lockers?

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Not sure, just added an ARB locker to my cart today and it popped in there saying "free"

No complaints here!
that is awesome I will have to see if they will count the ARB in a completed axle set-up as the second locker to qualify for the heady-duty compressor
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Are both styles of Detroits Auto Lockers?
One is an LSD and one is a locker.
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Have you checked out Yukon air lockers? I am running them on the front and rear. And a lot cheaper! Robert at RWK Haus did the install with the regear. Great value.
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Is 4wd.com doing that year round? ARB runs that promotion once or twice a year for a few weeks...
Its an ARB promo that is going on right now until June 15th.

http://blog.arbusa.com/
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Only need hubs with auto locker if you want it unlocked in 4WD. In 2WD not an issue.
You still get binding in the front end in 2 wheel drive with a full time locker. I can only imagine this is worse on pavement than on the trails.
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You still get binding in the front end in 2 wheel drive with a full time locker. I can only imagine this is worse on pavement than on the trails.
Let me rephrase that, in the TJ's you do when the hubs are always engaged. If he has a spin kit, it is a non event since he can take the front end out.
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