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Check it out: <a target="_blank" href=http://www.rockcrawler.com/reviews/jeep/wrangler_2003_rubicon_preview/moab_ejs_2002/index.asp> click here </a>

Nothing we haven't heard yet, but there are some nice pics.
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I still can't believe that thing will actually see production with front and rear lockers, and have a full factory warranty. I have this picture in my mind of Joe Newbie buying one, and then locking both ends on pavement and turning that high tech New Venture t-case to scrap metal. Or better yet, Joe Newbies wife taking the new Jeep to buy groceries with Joe Jr., and Joe Jr. hits the air locker switches. I'm still skeptical. One more thing, I wonder if you can order without those stupid wheels and tires, for a credit, so that the inevitable lift and bigger tires won't cause the discarding of that expensive stock tire and wheel package.
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If they really make that thing (and I am actually starting to believe it) I am going to have to go out and get a better job so I can afford to buy one [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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I don't think it will be much to worry about. Think of all the lincoln locked dana 44's on the street. The TJ is light enough it shouldn't hurt anything. The transfer case should also be strong enough to withstand unintentional pavement 4x4 use. Especially with only 31" tires.
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I'm drueling . . . .
That thing is awesome [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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i think i rember reading some where that the lockers would only ingage when the jeep was shifted into low range.

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I also wondered if they would be a real locker, or like the tacoma rear lockers, that only engage in low range under 5 mph.

Also does anyone know if the adition of a lift and bigger tires will void that warranty?

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Saw an ad for them in the local paper today (Los Angeles, poser capital of the USA) They are taking orders for em.

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Also does anyone know if the adition of a lift and bigger tires will void that warranty?

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You're talking Daimler Chrysler. What do you think?
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But it would be real easy to run a wire from the battery, through the switches on the dash, then on to the lockers. Forget the factory wiring with the computer deciding if the locker can be locked.
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