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post #1 of 29 Old 03-22-2011, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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what locker up front?? D30

What locker should i run up front in my D30. Has 4.56's with 33's right now. Plan on running 35's when its time to buy new tires. What od you guys think. I will be getting a D44 with ARB in the rear. Just not sure if i should do ARB up front or something different. Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 29 Old 03-22-2011, 03:35 PM
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selectable is nice for sure. i wouldnt mind having an aussie though
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35's and a locked D30 is bad news. My freind destroyed his dana 30 on 35s without a locker...

if anything install the locker in the new dana 44, at least you will have less a chance of breaking it....

or save up and get a d44 for the front too

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35's and a locked D30 is bad news. My freind destroyed his dana 30 on 35s without a locker...

if anything install the locker in the new dana 44, at least you will have less a chance of breaking it....

or save up and get a d44 for the front too
so your friend broke his so it must all be bad. im going on 4.5 years and i even ran "36 TSLs. D30 is perfecty fine with a locker and 35s since most of the strain goes to the rear axle. the locker actually helps releive some of the stress too since your not pouncing on the skinny pedel to climb the rock
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35's and a locked D30 is bad news. My freind destroyed his dana 30 on 35s without a locker...

if anything install the locker in the new dana 44, at least you will have less a chance of breaking it....

or save up and get a d44 for the front too
Im going to have to disagree with you. The first time I went to Rausch Creek and wheeled I blew out my spider gears on 35s and I was being gentle on the thing.

I threw a lockright auto locker in after and wheel my jeep pretty hard (not abused) atleast atleast 10 times on 35s locked and its held up great.I believe the weak link on the D30 is the spider gears.

Lock it and wheel it
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im not an a pro or anything but ive seen on here and many other forums that a lot of jeeps are locked with d30. I just want to know what one i should use and why you recommend your choice.
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post #7 of 29 Old 03-22-2011, 04:27 PM
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i've been running an aussie locker on 33's
for two + years and love it. its one of the
best , and should be one of the 1st, mods
you can do.
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It really depends on how much you want to spend. You can spend a little and get an aussie ora little more and get a detroit or a little more and get an ARB. They are all good it just depends on how much you want to spend and what kind of performance your looking for.
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aussie gets my vote....been good to me!
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post #10 of 29 Old 03-22-2011, 05:21 PM
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I'd go for an ARB.

I have a spartan locker and REALLY wish I held out for an ARB.

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If I were to lock a D30 again, I would do a Detroit. It replaces the weak carrier that a lunchbox retains, is milder feeling (but still locks solid under any torque) than the Aussie/Spartan/Lockright when under power, and is invisible when in 2wd (not nearly as many pops/clunks/ratcheting). Cheaper than a selectable. Parts and service are available all over the country (unlike Aussies).

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If you have the money, definitely go selectable. However that said, I'm happy with my Aussie locker in my D30. Can't go wrong with it for $250. I don't really foresee myself purchasing a selectable locker for the front anytime soon. I've got quite a few other things on the list before I even get to that.
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Is this your daily? If so, I'd avoid the detroit and go selectable (ARB). If not, the detroit is bullet proof and amazing. Why not a HP 30 swap? Its cheap, more clearance, and stronger. Food for thought. Also, are you doing chromo shafts?

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What locker should i run up front in my D30. Has 4.56's with 33's right now. Plan on running 35's when its time to buy new tires. What od you guys think. I will be getting a D44 with ARB in the rear. Just not sure if i should do ARB up front or something different. Thanks in advance
Upgrade the axle shafts and put an ARB in it. That's what I did 6 years ago with an HPd30. No problems yet...
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I like the idea of an OX locker, less things to fail.
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