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Unread 03-24-2014, 11:34 AM   #1
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Locking Differentail

I have a 2000 Jeep TJ and I wanted to get the Locking differentail but I didn't know if i could just buy a part that will allow me to modify the differentail that currently have. I do currently still have stock tires on and stock ride hight but I do plan on getting a 6-8 inch lift kit and putting on 36's. Also do I have to put the lock differentail in both the front and back or will the back be enought.


I do know it will cost alot of money to lift it and get the tires but I still want to save some money if it is possible to do without bringing it to a shop. I just want to know where you guys think I should start and what would be required if I want to lock the diff(s).

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Unread 03-24-2014, 11:52 AM   #2
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Can you fill out your profile so we know exactly what you have?

I have a LockRight locker up front and love it. Cheap, fairly easy to install, and unnoticeable when driving on the street.

What are your intentions with this jeep? Daily driven? Trail rig? What kind of a budget do you have?
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I mostly plan on using it as a dialy driver but I mean just around town not like more than an hour and a half commute one way. I hopefully do plan on going off roading with it some but not to extreme like climbing rocks and such. Trying to keep it in the lower budget. I dont mind doing the work myself I am pretty good with my hands.

Also, everything on my jeep is currently stock and was just looking at what i need to upgrade before I lift/make it more off road capable.
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Unread 03-24-2014, 12:09 PM   #4
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I have a 2000 Jeep TJ and I wanted to get the Locking differentail but I didn't know if i could just buy a part that will allow me to modify the differentail that currently have. I do currently still have stock tires on and stock ride hight but I do plan on getting a 6-8 inch lift kit and putting on 36's. Also do I have to put the lock differentail in both the front and back or will the back be enought.

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Putting a 6-8" lift on a TJ with 36's will not be a low budget build. Good luck. Lockers should be the last of your worries.
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36's are a lot of tire on a TJ for DD, especially considering the thousands of dollars it's going to cost just to get them to fit.

A front lunchbox locker, as mentioned, is probably plenty for what you're looking for at this point.
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Putting a 6-8" lift on a TJ with 36's will not be a low budget build. Good luck. Lockers should be the last of your worries.
I agree with this,

For mostly DD, I wouldn't sorry about a locker just yet. But as I said previously, a front lunchbox locker is cheap and unnoticeable on road. Works wonders off road as well compared to open-open.
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Put that money aside for now and research what it would take to run that large a tire. Let me make it easy for you...it's NOWHERE near low budget. If you are using this for "show" and no "go", then you don't even need a locker.
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An oft quoted number is 10k to run 35s. Do people do it for less? Absolutely, but they end up cutting corners to do it. And there are many of us that go way over that number to run 35s.
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An oft quoted number is 10k to run 35s. Do people do it for less? Absolutely, but they end up cutting corners to do it. And there are many of us that go way over that number to run 35s.
$10K?? You can easily build a TJ to run 35's without cutting corners for $5K.
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I dont plan on doing this all at once. I'm only 18 and probabily wasn't going to do anything untill after university but I do hope one day to eventually do this stuff. I just dont really know where I should start and I wasn't sure if i can save a little money by changing the diff to a locking diff on my own by simply just adding a part to the old diff.
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$10K?? You can easily build a TJ to run 35's without cutting corners for $5K.
Lift 1-2k
Regear 1.5k
Tires 1K
Wheels 500
Steering 500
Brakes 500-1.5k

That's five easy and that's assuming you have axles that can handle the tires, don't want lockers, doesn't include any armor, bumpers, winch, etc.

So can you get them mounted and drive on the street? Yes. Are you in any condition to do trails that actually require 35s? Not without a lot more.

Oh, and when you say that money doesn't have to be spent on steering and brakes then you are "cutting corners" like I said orginally.
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Lift 1-2k
Regear 1.5k
Tires 1K
Wheels 500
Steering 500
Brakes 500-1.5k

That's five easy and that's assuming you have axles that can handle the wheels, don't want lockers, doesn't include any armor, bumpers, winch, etc.

So can you get them mounted and drive on the street? Yes. Are you in any condition to do trails that actually require 35s? Not without a lot more.

Oh, and when you say that money doesn't have to be spent on steering and brakes then you are "cutting corners" like I said orginally.
I agree, but you need to read what the OP said. He doesn't plan offroading anything extreme. Just because he doesn't spend the money on armor, bumpers, and a winch doesn't mean he is cutting corners. You don't need those things to run 35's. So based on what you have, maybe a TJ with a D44 from factory...or a Rubicon, you could easily do it for $5K. Also, you're assuming everything is brand new, people are allowed to bargain shop you know.
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He doesn't plan offroading anything extreme
Then he should stick to 33s. A lot simpler and cheaper.
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Then he should stick to 33s. A lot simpler and cheaper.
I agree.

OP - If you're just looking for a weekend warrior that can be dependable and still function as a DD, then stick with 33's. There is no way I would want to DD my Jeep with 6" of lift on 36's everyday.
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I agree.

OP - If you're just looking for a weekend warrior that can be dependable and still function as a DD, then stick with 33's. There is no way I would want to DD my Jeep with 6" of lift on 36's everyday.

Currently I only have Dana 33's I was looking at the Dana 44's to drive the bigger tires but if I stay a smaller like the 33's you think I still need to get a stronger axel?
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