Differential Lockers

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  1. Sergio Mesa

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    My jeep is a daily driver. I am slowly upgrading it. Only been on a trail ride once but hope to attend more in the future. Should I invest in the lockers and will it be useful on non trail ride circumstances?
     
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    If you are asking is there any reason to lock a selectable locker on dry payment. I would recommend it. Unless you like breaking stuff.
     
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    ??? ...I would NOT recommend it. Unless you like breaking stuff.

    Matt - Did you start celebrating the Fourth a day early.
     
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    You got me. Hahaha.
    I Would Not recommend it.
     
  5. Sergio Mesa

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    I'm confused now. I have a basic idea of what they do. My jeep stays on the road more than it does off road. And it's "trail ready". Is it worth the 1,000+ investment?
     
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    Few lockers are always locked (i.e. spools or welded diffs) most are parttime (automatic or on-demand). Full time lockers on pavement would tear up your tires (best case), break drive train components or even cause control issue. There are a lot of good articles/blogs on line explaining it. I'm sure someone else will chime in with more details/resources.
     
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    As far as being worth it, your JK stock can run most of the trails that we run in Louisiana. Maybe need a tug or two on occasion depending on the obstacle and conditions. With a lift and 33s or 35s, you can run virtually all trail in that State with the exception of some Sicily Island runs.

    The JKs have afeature that senses when one wheel spins and applies the brake so that the opposite wheel will continue to pull. It's not a locker, but it is so much better that a normal open diff.

    It all depends how bad the bug gets you and how hard you want to ride.
     
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    Cool i didnt know that!
     
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    Damn - that's one of the little secrets that only JK owners are supposed to know.

    Sorry dude - I gotta kill ya now :mad:
     
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    I know the more I go the more I will get hooked. I have 33's now and saving up for the lift. 35's will replace the worn out 33's eventually. So after my lift I supposed replacing the bumpers and adding a winch makes more sense for about the same amount of cash and will make it look better too.
     
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    By the way, is this showing up on the home page recent forums section? I'm still learning how to navigate this website.
     
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    x2 on winch first - learning to drive offroad without lockers will make you a better driver. Not all of the "experianced" rigs have lockers, some like to take an obstacle that guys with lockers struggle with.
     
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    I would say save the money on the locker for now buy the winch and save up for when you get sick of pulling cable. It should take you a while. Besides even locked front and rear sometimes you still may need to pull cable.
     
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    Nothing beats a good ole locker
    NOTHING
    I run a Detroit in the rear of my TJ
    While it is not a DD I would still run 1 if it was
    They almost never fail
    and considering my rig ,it is more than strong enough
    I would lock first
    cost less than a winch and bumper
     
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    I aint got no fancy jeep, but while I was still 2wd I installed a lockright in the rear and it help a good bit. Didn't change driving habits, since I drive like a grandpa, only tight turns it would lock or backing out of a incline. Other than that, it has been awesome.
     
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    If you go to 35s, you will eventually want to regear it, that would be the
    best time to put a locker in, if you want one.
     
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    I agree with everything everyone has stated above. The JK's are much more capable than older model Jeep's that have open diffs. I drove my JK for two years without lockers, and had no issues with anything local. After several years of experience below my belt I added Trutracs for future wheeling experiences outside of the flat lands of LA.

    Learn your JK before you add any other components to it. You will appreciate your rig much more as you slowly build her. Know what she can do before you add things to help her.

    As Sydney stated, the BLD does wonders for the JK. Agreed with Matt that a winch is probably more important now than lockers. And Jason is correct, nothings better than a good ol' locker.

    Check out my write up on gears, trutracs, and superships in this forum. Has some good information about before/afters.
     
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    Spoken like a true Negotiator :beer:
     
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    I've been daily driving a lockrite in the rear of my TJ for well over 20k miles now and have had ZERO issues. It makes ratcheting noises in parking lots, and front tire wear is debatable. I have a little accelerated front tire wear but there is no way to know if it is from the push of the locker or because my jeep is a pile and everything upfront is bent or broken.

    Final cost was less than $250
     
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