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Unread 02-18-2009, 07:58 AM   #1
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Aussie Locker Question

A question for people with aussie lockers front and rear.

I installed the Aussies front and rear on my TJ. Both passed the spin test and in 2wd I can feel the rear pushing the inside tire especially turning from a stop. Iím planning on going to Superlift ORV in Hot Springs with a friend next weekend. Then I thought I havenít put the jeep into 4wd since both front and rear were installed and I better check that out before driving 9 hours to get there. So out there in the (Paved) parking lot I pulled up on the magical 4x4 lever. Hereís where the questions is.

1. Driving straight or mostly straight is ok.

2. Attempting to turn into an angle parking spot got exciting??? Itís like everything was locked up. Tires are chirping and hopping.

3. Iím not sure I could do a turn with the wheels fully turned, partially turned started to plow across the pavement.

I expected it to tighten up and produce more centering force on the steering, but itís like it doesnít want to turn at all.

OK now for the question.

Is everything ok?
Is this dramatic ďFull LockĒ due to the paved surface?
Even after going back to 2wd it took a few side to side turns to loosen up the front end.

I donít have my installation measurements here at work, but the front was mid range on all of them. The rear was in spec, but on the tighter side.

Thanks,
Steve

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Unread 02-18-2009, 08:10 AM   #2
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yup, that's why you're not supposed to use 4wd on pavement...
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Unread 02-18-2009, 08:21 AM   #3
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I have one in the front and it does the same thing - it means you've installed it correctly. When switching from 4WD back to 2WD it will unlock more easily after you've run it for a while.
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Unread 02-18-2009, 08:25 AM   #4
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Everything is good, just next time please don't do that on pavement, do it in the dirt where there is some give.
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Unread 02-18-2009, 08:26 AM   #5
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Bad idea to run in 4wd on pavement. It is a PART TIME transfer case which means the only time you use it is when you are in a low traction condition. You can do serious damage on pavement.

You have a locked tcase and locked differentials. So, in theory it is impossible to do anything but go in a strait line. Any move you make from a strait line requires that a tire slips, chirps, lifts off the ground, or something breaks.

Other than that, it sounds like everything is working great. Have fun in Hot Springs.
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Unread 02-18-2009, 08:49 AM   #6
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I basically got the same answer from Aussie, but wanted to see what the forum's thoughts were.

Thanks for the replies!
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Unread 02-18-2009, 09:43 AM   #7
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yeah on the pavement 4x4 you have the 2 rear tires locked, the 2 front tires locked, and the front and rear driveshaft locked at transfercase

so you are fully locked. no tire can spin different from the other.. That's why it jumps/hops and cant turn right

that's normal. you should use it only on the dirt/trails.. You will see you can turn and it will not hop or anything. because it will slide on the dirt/sand etc.

rule of thumb.. 4x4 only off road........ if you are front/rear locked... this rule is even more strictly! for your safety and for the safety of your drivetrain components.
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Unread 02-18-2009, 09:44 AM   #8
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Yup, your locked and loaded. Go wheel that thing. You'll be amazed at what you can do now.
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Unread 02-21-2009, 07:14 PM   #9
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Found some dirt today and tried 4wd again. MUCH better!

Thanks for all the replies.
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