Anybody have any experience or knowledge about Yukon Zip Lockers. They seem to be an air locker, similar to ARB, but are priced a couple of hundred dollars less. On a pair of them, that is a savings of $400.
I have been thinking about going with a pair of front and rear lockers for some time. I know I want something I am control of, so either air, cable, or electric. I had been leaning towards air due to the amount of mud, deep water, flooding etc. around here, figuring electrical is to be avoided as much as possible. I had ARB in mind, but then I started looking at these Yukon Zip Lockers, which have a somewhat lower price.
I seriously considered the same before I bought my ARB because, like you said, of the savings in price. Yukon makes great stuff, and I'm sure that their Zip locker would be top notch (though I haven't heard any personal testimony, and Northridge4x4.ca didn't know anybody who was running them either). The real clincher was when I read the install guide. They indicate maximum tire size that will void the warranty. And the max tire size is 32" for the D30, 34" for the D44. ARB doesn't have a tire size warranty. Hence the ARB.
If Yukon would step up to the plate and give the same bullet-proof warranty of the ARB, I'd be sold. Until then, I'll be spending the extra $300.
This is old so you probably have your answer, but I believe ARB and Eaton limit to stock. Yukon will go to 35s on a d44. OX is the only selectable with no tire size limitation on their warranty, they have a hp limit. But I'm probably wrong.
Sounds like you've got some time on your hands! Lol, I do the same sort of stuff, too. Funny, I can't seem to find any reference on warranty in my install guide, I'll have to go and download the user guide. I know I read the ARB warranty somewhere.
Yukon zip locker for the rear and leaving the front alone for now. I found a teaspoon of rice sized metal chunks in the rear differential recently so I am having it rebuilt rather than waiting for failure. While it's apart it makes sense to go for a little upgrade.
I thought I would post an update. I got the installation done on April 2. My ring and pinion had signs of overheating, had some small pieces of metal missing, displayed signs of shock loading, and the teeth were sharp and were beginning to get that saber tooth look to them. The metal chunks that were found previously apparently were from the factory limited slip.
So, here is what is new in the rear D44:
Master Install Kit (obviously)
Yukon Ring & Pinion (previously had Superior) stayed with same 5.13 ratio
Yukon Zip Locker
Something got messed up with my order and the riddler cover was missing. The good thing is, I am supposed to bring it in for a 500 mile gear inspection/fluid change as part of the break in and they will install the riddler cover at that time.
I have been doing a slow and easy break in on the gears, so I haven't really used the locker yet other than quickly verified that it works.
I already had the ARB compressor and the daystar switch panel that goes just in front of the automatic shifter, at the base of the vertical section of the dash below the factory switches, so now there are two switches there (one for the compressor and one for the rear locker).
I really like having the ability to lock and unlock the rear end on demand, regardless of what range the transfer is case is in.
I am leaving the front axle alone for now.
I am glad I had this done because even though it was not going to fail immediately, it was ticking time bomb that was going to fail eventually. Overall, I am satisfied with my decision.
^^^ Negative. Yukon will not warranty their products with oversized tires, specifically any tire over 34+" for D44JK or 32+" for D30JK. I've got Yukon gears and I'm running 35's, which means my gear warranty is forfeit:
It's states specifically on page 16 for the Zip locker instruction manual and in the manual for all Yukon gears:
Now you might be able to ask Yukon to do something in the event of a failure - and they might decide to be nice - however, their warranty is written in black-and-white. That being said, however, I'm a firm believer that durability is a product of good installation and proper, intelligent use. The Zip locker should hold up fine - and if it does - the lower price than ARB should make it a good deal.
Prot, let us know how it performs and what your take is on the product.
Since I am still lockerless but deciding soon I will try to revive this. SubAtomic I see your pdf that says d44 24" max tire size and am not being argumentative just for fun. Is that old? Current Yukon site says d44 35" limit. Of course more worrisome is its says void if used off road. Still better than ARB who limits to stock in writing anyway. So aside from lawyers...Prot, how do you like your ZIP