The full-case Detroit Locker is, by far, MUCH stronger and smoother on the road than any of those non full-case lunchbox lockers you mention like the Aussie. No lunchbox locker is all that great on the road, but some are better than others. EZ-Locker is the worst, Lockrite and Aussie are tied for second-place (they are the same locker), and the No-Slip is the smoothest lunchbox locker going for the rear axle.
Are you talking about a front or rear locker? Is your rear axle the standard Dana 35c or do you have the stronger optional Dana 44?
I've had the detroit ez locker and now run the aussie locker in my d30 - the ez locker is poorly manufactured and I had nothing but problems with it. the aussie has been in for a couple months now and it's great, good on road manners in 2wd and works well on the trails in 4wd, I went with aussie over lockright for the price
Thanks guys. Sorry I should have mentioned it was being considered for the stock front dana 30. I'm expecting I'll get something when I replace the rear axle if I ever do. My trail riding is moderate, but wouldn't mind better traction in the front when off road. Thoughts?
The clicking is referred to the ratcheting in 2wd when the locker is allowing differentiation. It'll rarely ratchet up front in 4wd. I dunno about others peeps, but I truthfully can't ever hear my locker ratcheting up front unless I make a sharp u-turn or while turning into my garage. My Jeep is noisy as heck. I can't wait for MT tires haha