I drive an 08 JK X. It currently has about 131k miles on it. It is my DD to work and play. I live in Florida and drive on the beach frequently and pull my Hobie Cat Sailboat on the beach during the summer. I do a LOT more driving on the road than I do off road, but having the ability to go off the beaten path has led me to my 3rd Jeep Wrangler (this one).
I am about to re-gear it to 4.88 since I just upgraded to 35" Trail Grapplers and Aluminum wheels.
It drives like a dog, and not a scolded one at that, which is why I am going to re-gear it. I was thinking of throwing an autolocker (aussie preferably?) since I'll have the axle apart anyways and can get one for about $250.
This would just be for that extra assurance that I would have a better chance to not be stranded for 3 hours waiting for help to arrive because the two wheels on the ground were not spinning.. (lesson learned not to wheel alone or without my hi-lift jack to winch me out if I needed it..)
But, My question is, would you go ahead and throw a locker in it if you could afford it while its apart with the type of driving I do?
yes, if you can swing for a full case I rather do that, but upfront I have 0 beef with auto lockers. Personally I plan on putting in a lokka (same thing as aussie, just made in australia and is cheaper even with it shipped to the US).
If you are thinking about it then you should add the locker while it's opened up for the gears. You will get lots of opinions on here of what locker to add and why. But in the end do your homework and choose what you want. But sounds like a definite yes that you should do it.
Do yourself a favor and search True Trac.
For what you describe as vehicle use, I think you may be more satisfied with a torsion diff than a locker. "I personally" do not like auto-lockers in daily driving circumstances. I ran True Trac's for many years (well over 10) on my XJ that was daily driver w/e trail rig/rock crawler. For heavy rock crawling lockers would have been a better choice (my Rubi has the factory selectable lockers, if in your budget the way to go), for everything else the True Tracs were the cats meow.
One thing to keep in mind when adding traction aids is this;
While they will help you from getting stuck in some situations, they most certainly ensure when you do get stuck, you are mired in pretty darn good.
2013 Rubi 2dr 6spd, 2"BB, MC arms(8), 5.13's, 1310DLs, PSC and Synergy armor.
I was just getting ready to suggest the Detroit Truetrac too. Just like Hudson wrote, traction aids don't guarantee you won't get stuck, but they will guarantee you'll get stuck further in. You might also want to consider a winch and a Pull-Pal. When you don't have a tree available as a tie point, a Pull-Pal is an invaluable tool.
Ah, how beautifully the orchestra sounds before a rain! In a dry sunny day there is no way for the instruments to sound this way!
I put a lock right in my rear when I did the gears . its an auto locker like the Aussie. So glad I did. It works flawlessly and has taking my jeep up to the next level. You don't have to be a hard core wheeler to enjoy it. Even in two wheel it has made a big difference. If you opening it up already might as well toss one in.
97 tj 6 cyl 5 SPd 4" supelift 35" baja claws 8.8/hp 30 ,4.10 lockrite in the rear , RR sye and adams dc shaft ,10k lb viper winch and other crap
I've been running a front aussie locker for about 2 years now, did the installation myself. I locked the front because when I'm on pavement I didn't want to worry about the tires jumping during turns under power. Some people take issue with locking a D30, but a D30 won't grenade if you're driving on the beach. I off road about 5-6 times a year, and it's really increased my Jeeps capabilities.
That said- with properly aired down 35's I don't really see a JK getting stuck on the beach. Hell, I went on the beach all the time with the stock tires. If you air down to 10 PSI, you're not going to have a problem. I don't think it's necessary. Toss a jack board in the back and take a tire pressure gauge with you and you'll be ready in case you DO actually get stuck. Then go spend your 250 elsewhere.
with properly aired down 35's I don't really see a JK getting stuck on the beach. Hell, I went on the beach all the time with the stock tires. If you air down to 10 PSI, you're not going to have a problem.
I'm usually pulling my boat on the beach is what I was worried about
Even pulling your boat, you should be ok with aired down tires. But for peace of mind, if you want to lock it, go ahead. Given that this jeep likely spends over 90% of its time on the road, I wouldn't advise putting an auto locker in the rear. It will change your jeep's handling characteristics when turning under power.
I locked my front myself, and I have no regrets. I used a spartan locker, and it's been working beautifully since install.