Join Date: May 2006
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my thoughts on Aussie Lockers
Ok jeepers, I posted a few weeks back regarding my gears in the D44, But now I figured I ought to post on my locker.
Ive got about 600 miles on my rear (d44) Aussie Locker. Similar to the Lockrite. The install took me about 4.5 hours with no experence what so ever! the directions were good...but they combined several diffrent types of axle install in the same direction, so you had to bounce around a little. Not to bat though. As for driving, I figured every time I wasnt going streight It would "click"; instead Ive got to make a very sharp turn to get it to "click" As for drivability, I've noticed some diffrences. When I backup and turn the axle binds and the jeep lunges, and also when Im in 1st at idle and turn the lunges as the axle locks up. the lunging causes you to bounce the gas pedel and makes the broble get bigger! But the more I drive it the less it happens, so plan on learning some new driving techniques. Also every now and again I get a loud pop, like the axle was under a bind and unlocked violently. the clicking is fairly quiet, but the wife did notice it rightaway: "that dont sound good." was her responce. I did take the doors off one day and it was noticable. However on the ice and normal driving I never noticed it. Well except when I tried to get stuck and didnt.
Over all I spent about $230 for a locker and love it. yes I wish I had $800+ for a locker that I could turn on and off, but I didnt get a federal "bailout".