Little bit of Jeep background:
99TJ 4 banger
HP 30 Ford 8.8 4.88 gears
Haven't seen an interstate in 3 years lol
Question: A friend of mine works at a shop and recently found that he has some old but unopened Genuine Gear Quick-Lok lockers for various axles. He's he kind of guy that will pick up things for a good deal and forget about them until years later. he got this for 50 bucks a pop when they were being taken off the shelves. Anyways, he has one for a Ford 8.8, and is willing to sell it to me for 75 bucks. Again, they are brand new in box. It'd be an easy thing to plop in and go. Also, my 8.8 is an open carrier, not limited slip.
I've been thinking of lockers for a long while but was always hesitant on a lunch box locker (especially in the rear). Part of my logic was if I spend 350 bucks on a lunch box locker, that's like a third of the way to an ARB or other selectable locker. But I don't think I can go wrong with blowing 75 bucks on something, if I hate it I can always remove it a plop my spider gears back in.
Any thoughts or advice? I wheel almost every weekend, but I do drive it about 10 miles through city streets to work every day.
Near as I can tell, that's a reboxed Detroit EZ-Locker which is not a desirable locker at all... especially that it's a lunchbox locker which is generally poorly behaved when it's in the rear axle of a vehicle being driven on pavement. By poorly behaved, I mean it will lurch and be 'jerky' when on pavement. I had a rear lunchbox locker for a couple weeks many years ago before it grenaded into pieces. It made for an exceptionally bad driving experience when on pavement, especially when making lots of turns like in a parking lot.
Lots of comments about that particular locker on Pirate... not good ones either.
Of all the lockers available for our Jeeps, the very LAST locker I'd install if it saw any street time, even if it was free, would be an EZ-Locker. That is what research shows that rebadged Quick-Lok to be. It has a horrific reputation fors street manners, especially so in the rear axle.
Like you said... It would be easy to install and take out. Lots of firsthand experience to be had there. If you don't kill it you could get 75$ for it again from someone who wants to build an off road rig.
I can imagine the only way to make it somewhat livable on pavement would be to throttle-off before making a turn...but even then, as Jerry pointed out, a low speed, tight-turning situation such as in a parking lot will be dodgy at best.
Best place for an auto-locker in a street-driven Jeep would be the front axle, I think.
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