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post #1 of 7 Old 09-11-2019, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Eaton eLockers and Kolak

Hey all,

Anyone else had any trouble with Eaton's packaging of their products? I ordered two eLockers - a Dana 30 (19818) and a Dana 44 (19969) - through Kolak. The 44 came through just fine but the 30 had one of the anti-rotation tabs on the stator broken off. I contacted Kolak - we assumed it was the fault of UPS tossing things around in shipping and a new one was shipped to me within about a week. SAME ISSUE - broken tab. The problem seems to be Eaton's packaging, not the shipping. Kolak suggested that I call Eaton, which I did, and their rep sounded just as frustrated with their shipping as I am. He said they even redesigned the shipping box, sent 3 from one factory to another and they still arrived broken. Anyway, the rep air shipped me a stator to repair the locker (part number 26663-00S for anyone who has this problem) and it arrived in INSANE packaging for a half-pound item - a box within a box within a box.......

I'll get it put together and then have to wait to find time to install it into the TJ.

Question for any of you really smart people out there - do you think it would be possible to very carefully weld the anti-rotation tab back onto the stator. I still have the first broken one, so then I'd have a complete spare or I could sell it basically brand new for half what I paid.

Anyway - heads up to anyone ordering Eaton eLockers.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-11-2019, 04:31 PM
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I guess I don't see why it couldn't be welded if the welder was skilled and knew what they were doing.

My D44 e-locker was intact but it was clearly not positioned in the box the same way it was originally packaged and had been flopping around in there damaging the cardboard, so it's been an issue at least since May or June. My bet is some bean counter figured out they could save a few cents per box by using less/lighter material and here we are.

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I guess I don't see why it could be welded if the welder was skilled and knew what they were doing.

My D44 e-locker was intact but it was clearly not positioned in the box the same way it was originally packaged and had been flopping around in there damaging the cardboard, so it's been an issue at least since May or June. My bet is some bean counter figured out they could save a few cents per box by using less/lighter material and here we are.

Thanks for the opinion, Freedom. I'll be talking to a welder I know as soon as I can. My D44 was wandering around in the box, too, but like yours, it was unbroken and went in fine. A couple of pieces of cheap foam and charge the buyer a buck more and problem would be solved.
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I thought this was an old thread till I checked the date. Here's the thread I thought I was seeing again, where the tabs were welded back on.


https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/e...issue-4267377/
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I thought this was an old thread till I checked the date. Here's the thread I thought I was seeing again, where the tabs were welded back on.


https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/e...issue-4267377/
Thanks, Jonny, for the link to the previous thread - I didn't even think to look for it. Nice to know that careful welding can make a successful repair.
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I thought this was an old thread till I checked the date. Here's the thread I thought I was seeing again, where the tabs were welded back on.


https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ea...issue-4267377/
I thought the same. It's odd that this is still a problem.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-15-2019, 11:18 PM
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I had the same problem 10 years ago, I contacted eaton and they made it right.
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