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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-31-2001, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Front Locker on a CJ

I have a 79 cj 5 with a 258 and a 2.5 inch suspention lift. the jeep does great untill I hit some soft stuff and a front wheel gets off the ground, then I am done. The rear has a good posi and it never only spin one tire, except around turns. I was thinking of sticking a locker in it, and need to know what to get.
I drive it on the street fairly often and dont want something that will make me lose control or make a ton of noise. Will a locker make noise in the front around turns even if the hubs are not locked and it is not in 4wd?
I dont think I can afford an ARB, so I was thinking a detroit EZ, or a powertrax, true trax, Quick lock something in that price range. What do you think will best fit my need(pretty much give me good traction and not make a bunch of racket on the street). Also what is involved with installing this locker? Can I do it or should I have it professional done, how much $$ to have a shop do it?

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Re: Front Locker on a CJ

the locker will not be a factor in your front when the hubs are unlocked and you are in 2wd.

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Re: Front Locker on a CJ

thanks
what locker would you recomend?


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Re: Front Locker on a CJ

tony, fill out your profile. i take it you have a cj5 with a dana30 right? well i don't like lunchbox lockers for the type of wheeling i do because they will not last but i think one of them will be the best option for you. they are realatively inexpensive and easy to install. either a lockrite or detroit e-z locker will work. find the best deal and go for it.

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Re: Front Locker on a CJ

I run a lockrite in the front and have no complaints. The only time you'll notice it on the street is if you are in 4x. Some say there can be a problem with steering on the trail; I haven't noticed it. Randy's Ring and Pinion is a very good shop to deal with. You should call them up for pricing and advice.

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Re: Front Locker on a CJ

Don't dump a bunch of money into a 30, do what I did a couple years ago and put in a Lock Right. Inexpensive (relatively) and very easy to install, will take you about and hour and a half. Sooner or later you will dump the 30 for something bigger, I plan on it when my 30 finally breaks, then I can at least sell the locker for a few bucks.

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Re: Front Locker on a CJ

I only have enough money for one locker now, should I put it in the front or in the rear. The rear end has a pretty tight stock trac lock which seems to work well.
what do you think, should I go with the back and then the front when I can afford it or other way around.?????
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Re: Front Locker on a CJ

Well, the way I see it from what you have told us, go with the front for several reasons (lunch-box locker, i.e. lock right, ez-locker, etc). First, you already have a traction aid in the rear you seem happy with. Second the front seems to be where you think you are having the most problems. Third, the front will be the place that has no on-road impact, as you specified.

Lunchbox locker will run you about $300 range.

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Re: Front Locker on a CJ

Do you drive your Jeep in the snow or ice? If you do, you will be better off in 2wd or with only ONE front hub locked in slippery conditions. A full locker like a Lock Right or EZ locker will cause serious steering problems in slippery conditions in 4wd.

Other than that a Lock Right will work great in the front and wont cost a whole lot.

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Re: Front Locker on a CJ

I will be not be driving in the snow or ice much, so I think I am going to go with the lock right in the front.
thanks bluseman2a for your input.

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