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Unread 01-11-2005, 09:14 PM   #1
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Rubicon Locker Bypass

I was just wondering how many Rubi owners has done this bypass?
edit: almost forgot the link http://www.rockcrawler.com/techrepor...pass/index.asp
Since I drive in an area where there is lots of mud and water, I can definately see the advantage of having the lockers in 4WH.
Whattaya think?

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Unread 01-11-2005, 09:17 PM   #2
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I did for a little while, but ended up shorting out my switch. I never bothered to redo it since I didn't actually use it that much. I try to stay out of the mud because I don't like cleaning much.
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Unread 01-11-2005, 09:54 PM   #3
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Unread 01-11-2005, 10:02 PM   #4
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My .02, your just asking for trouble. I have a Rubicon 5 speed and have had to go through some mud-lakes while in TX and I just used 4th and 5th 4LO, the lockers work up to 45 mph then disengage. I think it would be unsafe to lock-up and go any faster than 45, while spinnin' wheels and Evil-Kniveling my way across a mud pit.. I'd rather just muscle my way through, avoid mud all together, or just see how it goes and winch out if needed. But I dont like mud anyway, I'll stick with rocks...they are a lot easier to clean off anyhow
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I have not and do not plan to do this. Why? It is just not practical for me Right now my Rubicon is the best and never gets stuck... NOT. I just avoid the mud, and it would be useless on the rocks

If I lived in an area where there is a lot of mud and what not I would do it. Now say I am going to do the bypass. I would wire it so the lockers will only engauge under 10mph in either mode of 4wd. You DO NOT want to engauge any sort of locker going to fast. You are just asking for an axle to explode.
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Unread 01-11-2005, 10:19 PM   #7
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I agree with 87warrior, I'll never do this mod. and I have only had to use them a few times ( and probally didn't really need to ) but I have really needed them two times....to pull full-size chevys (IFS) out i wish I had pics...they were both stuck at the same spot and lucky for them I came around the corner and saw the poor chevy guys jacking and moving rocks.... they thanked me and turned around and went home.....haven't pulled a hummer yet....but hope i will soon....
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I've done it and used it. But I only use it when I need to. No problems whatsoever. Been happy with it and it's just another mod that doesn't cost over 500 bucks.
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I have also thought about doing something like this, but I had being able to select which locker was on or off in mind. I'd rather be able to just turn on the front locker in most situations I've been in that required them at all instead of both.

Are there any write ups on doing this?
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I've done this mod, and I have used it several times. Where you will find a great benefit is in deep snow. I was out snowmojeeping this past weekend, and got stuck 4 low was too low, couldnt get any momentum. And 4 high wasnt getting me there, but when I locked it up in 4 hi..I drove out of there like greased lightning! My buddys were amazed. You do have to be careful, and not abuse your new privledge, but it is definately a useful mod. All things in moderation boys....
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I've done this mod, and I have used it several times. Where you will find a great benefit is in deep snow. I was out snowmojeeping this past weekend, and got stuck 4 low was too low, couldnt get any momentum. And 4 high wasnt getting me there, but when I locked it up in 4 hi..I drove out of there like greased lightning! My buddys were amazed. You do have to be careful, and not abuse your new privledge, but it is definately a useful mod. All things in moderation boys....



Must of been up at TSF?
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I have thought about doing it . But I want to know if I do it, will it void any warranty. More to the point - my electrical warranty. If so, I will wait.
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Must of been up at TSF?
Nope, up above Carson, WA, near Mt. St. Helens. lots of FUN!
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I have thought about doing it . But I want to know if I do it, will it void any warranty. More to the point - my electrical warranty. If so, I will wait.
You dont modify the wiring harness at all, and can be reversed without detection in 5 minutes. All you are doing is sliding wires into the back of the plug behind the lockerswitch. Just make a three-wire jumper out of 16ga wire and slide the wires in next to the appropriate wires in the pigtail. Worst case, if you are paranoid, take the 5 minutes and pull the pigtail out before you go to the dealer if you shoudl have warranty problems.

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My .02, your just asking for trouble. I have a Rubicon 5 speed and have had to go through some mud-lakes while in TX and I just used 4th and 5th 4LO, the lockers work up to 45 mph then disengage. I think it would be unsafe to lock-up and go any faster than 45, while spinnin' wheels and Evil-Kniveling my way across a mud pit.. I'd rather just muscle my way through, avoid mud all together, or just see how it goes and winch out if needed. But I dont like mud anyway, I'll stick with rocks...they are a lot easier to clean off anyhow
Actually I wouldn't be interested in going fast. 45mph is too much for trail riding imho.
The kind of trail riding I usually do doesn't require 4wl too much, only a constant speed.
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