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Old 05-09-2008, 11:35 AM
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Hello fine friends!

At our NSTBC breakfast this morning, I started to realize that I haven't even been in an auto locked truck... lock-right, aussie locker etc. and I probaly shouldn't rule them out before dropping the coin on an ARB locker.

I have a few questions to ask:

1. Anyone in Louisville/Boulder/Broomfield got one of these in a 40 that I could take for a test drive?

2. Does anyone in the club have one on a shelf somewhere they might be willing to sell? PM me with what you have and what you want for it.

3. Will an auto locker jack with my truck when it comes time to start pulling my little trailer around the hills, or town for that matter?

Thanks! I would like to lock up the rear sometime this summer.
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:25 PM
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You can come by and take mine for a test drive anytime, and I'm in South Boulder
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:45 PM
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I have an Aussie locker in my 40. You're welcome to drive it any time.

You get used to the idiosyncrasies of the auto locker pretty quickly. I don't even notice it when driving on roads at speed. At slower speeds, you need to get used to clutching through turns and the locker will make a ratchet sound in corners. I wouldn't think it would effect pulling a trailer. My only complaint is that they are horrible on icy roads but I usually drive my unlocked 60 in the winter anyway.
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:52 PM
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3. Yes.


What trail do you want to run where you think you need a locker?
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:58 PM
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I have a lock-right in the '85 4Runner. I'm 20 minutes east of Louisville but Mom and Dad live there so I'm there quite a bit. I'll probably be there most of this weekend. You can drive it if you want.

I usually forget the locker's there. I have heavier oil in the diff so you can't even hear it click around corners. You just feel a slight sway to the left/right when you shift gears. When you're getting used to it it starts bucking around a corner sometimes...just push in the clutch and it stops. After a week or two, you automatically adjust your driving and it becomes seamless, without even thinking about it. People say they're bad on icy roads but I've never had a problem.
It's been an asset for me in every situation.

I've done some towing...from the former off-road tent trailer, to a good size flatbed to a 2200 lb runabout boat....The locker's never been a problem.

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From what I've heard, there's a huge difference between how a short vs long wheel base rig handles with an autolocker.
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From what I've heard, there's a huge difference between how a short vs long wheel base rig handles with an autolocker.
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The advantage of ARB is (besides winter driving) you only engage the locker when you really need to. It makes you a better driver.

Lock-rites are a bit hard on the carrier too, and are a failure point; I would suggest an Aussie or Detroit Locker if you want to go that route.
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I have a Lock-Right in my 40 which I've used since 2001. It's the locker that the "Aussie Locker" copied shamelessly from.

Never had a problem in the winter.

It will buck a little when you are going really slow through a curve, but this hardly ever happens. You quickly learn how to drive with the locker and it becomes automatic.

Is an ARB nicer? Probably. Will a Lock-Right serve your purpose? Yes.

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Old 05-09-2008, 03:43 PM
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Yeah, I haven't really "needed" a locker yet, but as we continue to play on the rocks, I can see it being a good mod for how we are using the rig.

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