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Unread 08-08-2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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Spartan locker

Im buying a Dana 30 with 4:10 gears and a spartan locker for my dd/plow truck.. I'm going to take the spartan locker out due to me plowing snow in the winter and I heard it would be hard to plow with a locker. What part do I have to buy to put in my axle when I take the locker out.

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Unread 08-08-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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I believe you just need spider gears. The thrust washers stayed in there when the locker was installed. If you like I could send you mine. No need for them after I installed my Aussie.
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Unread 08-08-2012, 05:06 PM   #3
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A properly installed Spartan will require the removal of the thrust washers thus they should be missing.
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Unread 08-08-2012, 05:29 PM   #4
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Duck got it right. I took out thrust washers and spiders. Your gonna have to put the washers back in. Check the FSM for the correct clearance / tolerance.
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Unread 08-08-2012, 07:33 PM   #5
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Unread 08-10-2012, 09:50 AM   #6
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A properly installed Spartan will require the removal of the thrust washers thus they should be missing.
Oops. Its been a while since i installed my Aussie
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Unread 08-10-2012, 01:34 PM   #7
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I'm getting ready to install a front Spartan Locker on my DD, 01 TJ. Any regrets or concerns you had? Thanks
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Unread 08-19-2012, 09:06 PM   #8
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I'm getting ready to install a front Spartan Locker on my DD, 01 TJ. Any regrets or concerns you had? Thanks
You're in GA, I'm in TX so temp range is close to equal. Mine was easy to install and is no problem on the street. No prob as in I can't tell it's there in daily driving. I am rotating tires more frequently because of the locker but that's just more on me and not a real problem (5 tire rotation every 3k). The threads I read before doing this said there are problems on slick roads (ice, snow, sleet, etc...) and I believe that is correct. I have had to back up before to disengage the locker after dropping 4 wheel hi. Not a big concern but you will need to remember what you have in there come our abbreviated winter in the south. Mine went in stupid simple.

Concerns on install: don't screw up the seals when reinstalling axles, on a spartan take out thrust washers, you will most likely have to remove carrier and ring gear for install ( mine is D30 with 3.73 and I had to ), verify with function test after reassembly, use heavier gear oil, make sure axle isn't bent or you will have some issues. Test that bad boy off road ASAP to see the awesome difference a locked axle will give you, entire vehicle will find the low side on the trail/road with a locker engaged, well worth the quirks for a locked diff!
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Unread 08-20-2012, 12:03 PM   #9
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Can't agree more. One of the best mods I have done so far. Works great in deep snow (1 foot ro more), but I have not used in in anything less so I'm not sure how it would handle. Again well worth the money. Enjoy.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 08:58 AM   #10
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I'm getting the locker and gears in this weekend. Thanks for the reply. As in the road condtions, my Jeep doesn't handle good anyway during a hard rain. As you stated about our weather, I would never have to be in 4wd on the street. So that wouldn't be a problem. My build is very mild- 4" suspension lift, rubicon wheels, 285/75/16 Cooper STT's (33's), and Spidertrax wheel spacers. Nothing extreme but very much fun.
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