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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-01-2000, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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E-Z locker vs. Lockright

Hallo,

which is the way to go on lockers for a sami... i remember RRO are praising the Lockrights, but a local 4x4 mechanic (who didn't seem overly competent) said that the e-z comes more complete and brings the "planetary gears"(?) ... and therefore is the way to go...

is this true? any opinions???

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-01-2000, 10:56 PM
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Re: E-Z locker vs. Lockright

Here is my experience.....I broke 2 LockRites in 2 weeks...both professionally installed.....changed the third member, and the next one last about a year, then had all the teeth chewed up, and was engaging/disengaging whenever it wanted. I replaced it with a Detriot EZ Locker. It has been "more positive" than any of the Lockrites I had. It has been in for about 3 or more years without a problem. Again this is just my experience. They are both similar, but the Detriot seems better executed. I'd go with a Detriot if I had to buy another. Hope this helps.

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Re: E-Z locker vs. Lockright


There are no planetary gears in either locker.

Andy's experiences are quite unfortunate. Our experience on the trail has been one of seeing MANY more failures of Detroits than Lockrights. On a wholesale level, the Detroit can cost $40 less than the Lockright. So its very easy to buy the cheaper Detroit and sell them for the same cost as the Lockright and pocket more money. Not something we wish to do though. If money was the #1 goal, we'd be selling Detroits left and right for much less than the Lockrights.

The Lockright has a far better warranty policy and a far longer and better track record than the Detroit. Examine the latest fiasco/failure from Detroit, the Gearless locker for an example of poor product testing before release. Guys in Jeeps were grenading these things left and right. I personally have never seen a Lockright failure that wasn't a simple spring failure and very easy to fix. The Detroits are made from softer material and more likely to be an actual broken locker fixture when trouble does strike.

Again, its unfortunate Andy had such troubles. Sounds like Lockright stood behind their product and replaced them. With Lockright its usually a no questions asked procedure. We have not seen an equal type of response from Detroit.


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