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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-12-2002, 02:26 PM
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I am looking at putting some sort of locker in my Jeep. Its a 2002 X model. It has he D30 front and D35C rear axles with 3.73 ratio. I run 31x10.5s at the moment and will likely go no bigger that 33 in the future. I was thinking of doing the EZ or lockrite in the front and maybe a detroit gearless in the rear. how does any of this sound? Anyone have any opinions/experience with these?

I dont really want to spend a ton of money (i.e. Air locker) but I would like to get better performance than my open diffs.

Also should I do front or rear first?

Thnaks for all your help
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Re: need advice on differentials

I kind of depends on your money situation. A lunchbox locker(i.e. Lock Right - EZ Locker) can be put in without removing the carrier. Something like a full on Detroit requires replacing the carrier.
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Go with the lockrights. Rear first then front.
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I have not heard very many good things about the Detroit gearless locker. With heavy use and larger than 31, maybe 33 inch tires I have heard that they will wear out.
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When they first came out, there was lots of talk here about the Detroit gutless locker.
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Re: need advice on differentials

TJs don't have a front diconnect axle. A locker up front will handle strange on the road. With just my rear locker I get alot of understeer. I can't imagine having both locked.
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AC97TJ is correct...

The TJ's front axle is ALWAYS turning, as well as its front driveshaft...the only 4wd disconnect is in the transfer case. So with a locker in the front...depending on the model...it could result in some strange handling...unless you geta selectable locker (ARB, OX, etc.) or install hubs...but on a D30, thats a waste in my opinion...

On another note...you're asking a LOT of that D35C with 33's and a locker....be gentle!

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I'll disagree on the lockright causing unusual handling with the TJ front axle. I've driven my CJ around with a lockright in the front with the hubs locked and it didn't feel any different than with the hubs unlocked.
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Will,

If thats directed towards my post....I said "SOME" and "MAY CAUSE", I never mentioned a brand or a definite on handling changes. My disclaimer! hehehe.....

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Re: need advice on differentials

Will,
You don't get any understeer with the front locked? I thought a front locker would make the wheels try to go straight no matter what. Also parts (steering,tires,axle shafts,u-joints) would wear out quicker on a daily driver because of added stress.
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