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Unread 01-25-2010, 01:10 PM   #1
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Yukon ZIP vs. ARB

So I pulled the trigger on some upgrades, one of them being lockers front and rear. The guy doing the install said he has using Yukon ZIP air lockers in his rig for a year now and loves them. They are direct competition for ARB lockers, and I was wandering if anyone else has been using them.

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Unread 01-25-2010, 01:19 PM   #2
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No personal experience, but I believe if you do some searches on here Yukon doesn't get much respect while ARB gets lots of respect. Selectable lockers are in my future and assuming I choose air will absolutely be ARB.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 03:57 PM   #3
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I haven't heard many complaints on Yukon and I haven't heard anything on there lockers and that's what I'm looking for. Any info good or bad on the Yukon lockers
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This will be good. I asked this same question a couple of months ago. There's a good write up on Pirate 4x4. See the links here MidSouth Jeep Club • View topic - Yukon Zip Locker.

What I gather is its love/hate. There are extreme feelings one way or another. I still haven't made up my mind as to whether I'm going with Zip or ARB. I'll probably try the Yukons, but who knows.
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Unread 01-25-2010, 04:45 PM   #5
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You should probably watch this video.
YouTube - ARB Air Locker vs Yukon Zip Locker

The Zip is based on an old, outdated ARB design to get around Patent infringement.
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You should probably watch this video.
YouTube - ARB Air Locker vs Yukon Zip Locker

The Zip is based on an old, outdated ARB design to get around Patent infringement.
I wouldn't doubt it. Too many companies are sending designs out to be reverse engineered and manufacturered as cheaply as possible afterwards. For something as vital and key as a locker is, I'd stick with the tried and proven ARB if I was buying a new locker.
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Unread 01-26-2010, 09:19 AM   #7
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Perhaps I'm in denial or just want to play devils advocate, but I would be more impressed with the vidio if it wasn't done by ARB. Perhaps one done by a third party. I am going with the Yukon for two reasons.
1. I'm curious to see how it performs, will this be a true apples to apples compatition with ARB.
2. The shop I'm getting them from will warranty them for life.
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I would be interested to see a side by side comparison by a 3rd party as well.
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Unread 01-26-2010, 10:51 AM   #9
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Eaton had an independent test done a couple of years ago that compared a Truetrac, Eaton Posi, Auburn Pro, Auburn Hi Perf and Yukon Dura Grip (the Dura Grip is a knock off of the Eaton Posi). While this test obviously has nothing to do with their air locker copy, it certainly should raise questions about any other product they knock off.

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I see it as you are spending a bunch of money on installing that locker in the first place, and the price differnce is what $100 bucks, in the big picture that isnt that much. Also when was the last time you heard an arb fail? other than a poor install which would still happen to the yukon locker.. I wouldnt bother, just go ARB, Ive been running mine for a while without any issues, and at least I have piece of mind and awesome tech help from them if I need it.
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OK. So to me it's a no brainier to run the Yukon Zip over the ARB. The info I gathered says this: The video on youtube was an early possible prototype of the Zip locker. It was before they were beefing up the case and other misc parts. from what I can tell the Zip is now being made with forged cases and all chromoly internals. To me that sounds pretty stout.

ARB offers a 2 year warranty WHICH does NOT cover vehicles with larger than OEM size tires or more horsepower than OEM. Yukon Zips offer a 2 year no questions asked warranty plus up to $2000 to replace any other damaged parts if something happens to go wrong. Warranties typically don't do it for me. But it is comforting to know Yukon offers a superior warranty.

I tend to run against the grain, try new things, and give the little guy a shot. Not to mention I am getting a screaming deal on a Yukon Zip. $640. COUGH COUGH. Yukon has won me over.
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I haven't heard from anyone using zip lockers from any amount of time. Its nice that you bumped it but I wanna hear the zip experience. By the way my ARB goes in next Saturday.
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I got them installed front and rear about a month ago. Used them last weekend and everything worked fine. I got a good deal on them and they have a killer warranty.
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They still offering a lifetime warranty on them for an extra $50?
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