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I put an ez locker in the d30 front axle on my 89 YJ. In 2wd, I cant feel it or hear it. no problems even driving on highway. I went off road, (I have the rock lock cable replacement for the vacuum disconnect) tried to climb a hill in 2wd, no luck. SO I pulled the 4wd stick but left the rock lock off--this gives me 3wd, no luck climbing the dirt hill. engaged the rock lock which engages the other half of the front axle so all 4 wheels pulling and climbed the hill without spinning a tire!!!! What a difference!!! drove around in 4wd, still couldn't hear the locker, I could tell by the steering it was in true 4wd--it felt different holding the steering wheel, but I could still steer pretty easy. If anyone has told you not to put a locker in the front axle of your YJ because of the vacuum disconnect, go ahead and try it. It creates no problems for me and the pulling power is awesome. by the way--$220 for the ez locker with a lifetime warranty no questions asked, $75 labor to install.

 

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Now youve done it,
Youve gone and put a lunch box locker in the front, and "OH, what a difference". All 4 tires gettin down, grabbin and crawlin up hills you wouldnt even consider climbing before. Now youll start lookin at hills a little different, it wont be "Im not climbing that" itll be "How come I havent climbed that???" . Next youll be working the motor or clutch to hard because of the steeeep angles, so maybe Ill just lower the gear ratio, but while Im in there why not a Detroit or an ARB. Huummm the gearing now,is low enough to handle 33" tires Hummm 35s??? what suspension would I use for those 35s??? Theres no turning back now.
Ill tell you what, Ive often wondered why the major aftermarket manufacturers dont just give away their versions of easy lockers, even install it for you for that matter. Once your hooked they would easily make their money back.

You are absolutely right on the money, in your closing statement.
"go ahead and try it" That could easily be the "Jeepers Battle Cry".
Jeff
89 Wrangler / with EZ lockers both axles,(at one time or another).

 

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Yes,
I run 35x12.50 Swamper TSL, usually at about 8 psi rear and 6 psi front.
ARB in the front D30 (building a D44 from an 87 G.Wag, ready in a few weeks.
Detroit in the rear Ford 8.8
4.56 gears
NP435
NP231 /4.0:1 Tera Low
About 120:1 Gear ratio

Jeff
89 Wrangler
If at first you dont succeed, your replacement will try and try again.
 
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Did you do a SOA to fit the 35's? Or a SUA and body lift combo? I am wanting to put 35's on mine but don't like the looks of a body lift.



JOHN 89 YJ
4" Spring under, 1" shackle lift, 1" lift from shackle reversal, 33" swamper TSL radials, 4.11 gears, 350 V8, T350 tranny, np231 with Currie slip yoke eliminator, ez locker front d30, hypershackles in rear, swaybar disconnects, trac bar disconnects, cv driveshaft, rock lock, soft top, hardtop, bikini top, tonnea cover, etc, I don't play golf so why not?

 

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I run about 7" of lift using a custome built SOA. Its a great set up for most any terrain, but it really shines in the rocks and on the steep. I have a good 14" of up down travel front and rear. But I just love the overall performance Im getting out of it lately, the overall geometry and ballance are doing a very good job keeping the tires(and power) on the ground when going vertical. I have to be very steep before the front starts to unweight enough to lift the front. Ive attached a pic of my Jeep starting to lift but Im on a nasty cross slope and this is an extremely steep hill( I dont know why but its hard to show steepness in a photo). Ive only seen a couple of rigs even try this climb from this angle, its even kinda scary comming down. Im also using a weak set of springs that I had to use after a leaf spring failure Friday night. That is my main problem with this lift, is that its brutal on the rear springs. I need to seriously start looking into designing a traction bar set up to assist the leafs in controling axle wrap, (without loosing to much flex).

Jeff
89 Wrangler
If at first you dont succeed, your replacement will try and try again.
 

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