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Locker Question???

I want to change my gearing from 373's to 488's. Is there anyway to utilize my current lockers? I know the break is at 373's when you buy lockers but I am not sure why. I hate to have to get new locker when I already have over $1200 in the ones I have.
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Re: Locker Question???

It depends on what type of "Locker" you have. If its the full carrier type such as a Detroit locker, True Trac, or ARB, then yes you will need to replace them. If they`re the type of locker that replaces the spider gears inside the stock carrier such as the Lock Right or EZ locker, they can be moved to the new carrier. The "Break" your refering to has to do with the carrier inside the housing of the axle not the locker, unless the locker is the replacement carrier type.
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Re: Locker Question???

I was afraid of that. I have an OX up front and Detroit in the rear, both full carrier lockers. Whats different with the carriers for the lower hearing?
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Re: Locker Question???

I believe you can get a ring and pinion spacer to make your current gears work, i believe that's what the rub guys are doing since their air lockers are actually the 3.73 carriers, i'm not 100% sure on this info though.

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Re: Locker Question???

I'll try and check into that.
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Re: Locker Question???

The use of a ring gear spacer would be an option, but I would`nt consider it for these reasons. The ring gear and carrier are by design a close tolerence press fit and gain strength from that. The ring gear is indexed for concentricity by its fit to the carrier, and thats lost with the use of a spacer. The use of a spacer leaves the ring gear totaly unsupported except for its bolts, substantialy weakening it and leaving it suceptable to deformation under a load. This is the reason there are some "thick" gear sets available. Thats the only option I would consider, especially for a daily driver.
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Re: Locker Question???

Not sure what axles your running, but if one's (or both?) are D44s, DC sells thick ring R&P sets for use in both Rubi axles or 44swith 3.92 & down carriers.
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