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What Lockers?

Postby Jhaze1812 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:05 pm

Ive got a 2006 jeep wrangler w/ 2" lift, 31" toyo MT's, Flowmaster, K&N high flow, 62mm throttle body, Edge Trail Jammer Chip and now it has a ton of Tourque, I need lockers any ideas?

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Re: What Lockers?

Postby ajmorell » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:27 am

Do you know what axles you have?
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Re: What Lockers?

Postby Jhaze1812 » Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:21 pm

Dana 30's Its an X
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Re: What Lockers?

Postby ajmorell » Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:53 pm

Well only one of the axles is a dana 30 (front). The rear is either a dana 35 or a dana 44, but I don't believe the X ever came with the 44 out back. Personally I wouldn't lock the dana 35, it's just not reliable/strong enough to run locked on 31s with any amount of abuse what-so-ever. If/when I lock my dana 30 front I will most likely go with an ARB air locker which allows you to only use it when you need it.
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Re: What Lockers?

Postby PaDiLLaHunTeR » Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:12 am

Weld it :thumbsup: But if i had to spend my money i would go with the ARB air locker to. nice chunk of change though
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Re: What Lockers?

Postby ajmorell » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:05 am

PaDiLLaHunTeR wrote:Weld it :thumbsup: But if i had to spend my money i would go with the ARB air locker to. nice chunk of change though


My only issue with running a welded diff is it severely effects the street-ability of the vehicle, tire wear, etc.
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Re: What Lockers?

Postby PaDiLLaHunTeR » Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:41 pm

ya thats a problem. it eats tires like a S.O.B. But take it easy on the turns and you oughta be fine. My old 4runner ran just fine with a welded front end.
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Re: What Lockers?

Postby ajmorell » Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:59 pm

PaDiLLaHunTeR wrote:ya thats a problem. it eats tires like a S.O.B. But take it easy on the turns and you oughta be fine. My old 4runner ran just fine with a welded front end.


Don't get me wrong, for a trail-only or primarily trail vehicle welded diffs are where it's at, but for a vehicle that see's any street time (which I'm guess this is the case of the OP since he is only on 31s) they don't make a whole lot of sense IMHO.
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Re: What Lockers?

Postby PaDiLLaHunTeR » Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:52 am

Ya I Agree with that. If it sees a lot of driving I wouldnt weld it cause not just for the tires but if that weld brakes then your gunna be looking at a lot more money for them spider gears and anyhting else it blows.
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Re: What Lockers?

Postby TNmatt83 » Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:14 pm

Yeah my samurai is welded and just driving it to my trailer it'll pop and chirp and spin the tires when i turn. Going down the driveway is about the only pavement it ever sees though
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Re: What Lockers?

Postby ajmorell » Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:20 pm

Also keep in mind that fully locking (whether it be welding or installing a lunch-box (Aussie, Lock-Right, etc) or full Detroit) a front axle will severely limit your turning abilities (when power is going to the front axle) unless you are running a full hydraulic steering setup.

To the OP, if it were me I would either

A) Invest in an ARB air-locker for the front and leave the rear axle open
B) Find a D44 rear out of a TJ, lock it and replace your D35 with it, leave the front open.

Unless you are really hardcore wheeling then one locked axle is enough. You could combine A and B and go ARB up front and run a Detroit or lunchbox style locker out back in a D44. You could also go with something like a Tru-Trac up front which is a mechanical/gear driven limited slip that provides decent lockup and will not hinder your on-road performance.
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Re: What Lockers?

Postby lostknife4 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:28 pm

In our IHC pickups, 3/4 ton and 1 ton, we used detroits in both ends and only had one wheel hub locked in the front to keep us on the icy roads but his axles are very light duty for lockers. get a set of 44's and true trac the front and detroit the rear
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