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I am getting some D44 axles from an '86 Grand Wagoneer to put in my '89 Wrangler. The rear axle has a factory LS in it. The gears are 2.72 so they NEED to go in favor of 4.09s. I guess this means that I will have to get new carriers as well, but can I keep the factory LS? How good is this LS unit (guessing its the Trac-Lock and not the Powr-Lock) or should I just replace it with a Lockright? The front axle is getting a Warn Hub conversion and a Lockright.... I've heard some people say that LS is as good as a locker, and others say there is no comparison. This will be a daily driver, but big deal.

 
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If you are going to replace the carrier you can't keep the LS, it is part of the carrier. I said this in an earlier post, there is no
comparison between LS and lockers, I've run both in both ends, 2 different worlds. BTW, since you are going to have to get a
new carrier for the rear anyway, why no just do it right and go Detroit Locker. Check out the price difference between a new carrier
and Lock Rite and a Detroit which has its own carrier, there isn't that much difference. That's what I did last fall when I replaced
mine in my Model 20. The best part is, I don't think you could hurt the Detroit, but the LockRite is only as strong as the stock
carrier (IMO not very).

Brad
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Ditto...as usual... on what Brad said. Your gonna need new carriers to go to 4.09 or lower gears. Probably $50-60 a peice. A Lock-Right is about $250. I just went through this delimma and through Drivetrain Direct I got Detroits for $448 each. For the price difference of about $140-150 I got a locker thats a LOT stronger than the carrier or the Lock-Right (I'm not knocking Lock Rights, mine has performed flawlessly). The Detroit upgrade was a "no brainer" for me.
Shain

 
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Doesen't Moser Engineering make a ring gear spacer that can be used in lew of changing the carrier? Since your in a daily driver and it already has a limited slip of sorts that you would like to use, it might be worth a phone call to them to find out. 219 726-6689 Moser Eng. If they don't have one or don't recommend using one, get in touch with Drivetrain Direct, thats where I got my 44 carrier for around $40. Steve

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4WP Wholesalers has Detroit EZ-Lockers for $230, so I may go with 2 of those those. I have called up any number of places and here are the best prices I've fond so far:

4WP Wholesalers-
2 Carriers, 2 sets of 4.10 R&P (Genuine Gear), 2 installation kits- $555, when I asked if they would match Leon Rosser's quote of $500 they said yes and that theirs comes with a lifetime guarantee.
2 Detroit EZ-lockers- $460

Warn-
Warn Premium Manual-locking Hubs, 19 spline, PN# 20990, MDL M198- $98

A&A Auto Recycling (local junkyard with friendly people)
1 set of Dana 44 axles from a 1986 Grand Wagoneer- $300

Total Damage comes to $1358.

4WD Wholesalers did have Aburn mini-spools "from $50" and I am considering one of these for the front- what do you think?



 
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Don't try turning with a mini spool, great for rear, not so great for front.

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