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Old 05-10-2011, 10:30 AM   #1
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ARB Locker Switch

I was at the offroad shop yesterday talking about getting a rear arb locker. The guy suggested putting the compressor and the locker on one switch for a cleaner looking install and to save blanks for other add ons like lights. I searched and didn't see any installs like this. If it won't cause problems, I like the way it looks but if there is a greater chance of failure, I don't want to do it.

Has anyone done this?

Any reason not to? Will the compressor generate enough instant pressure to avoid damage or is this common practice?

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get them separate. If you want to have an on board air system you will want the compressor the be able to function independently from the locker.
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No thanks. You need full control. Although it takes no time for the compressor to reach pressure to activate the locker I would want full control over compressor and locker on their own switch.
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Wow. I personal thing it would be stupid to do that. IMO that guy is an idiot
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The whole reason there is a separate switch is so you can use the compressor for other things. I would still keep it on a separate switch even if it was only used for one locker.
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Sounds like a pretty definitive "don't do it"

Just to make sure I'm on the same page, when would I want my compressor on but not my locker if I'm not using it to air up?
(and even if I am, filling the sealed line to the locker won't leak much air, right?)
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The whole reason there is a separate switch is so you can use the compressor for other things. I would still keep it on a separate switch even if it was only used for one locker.
Maybe I'm not getting it here, but I was under the impression that the ARB compressor was not going to be very good at doing much of anything other than activating the locker because of its size, strength and lack of a tank. Am I going into this with the wrong idea about it?
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Maybe I'm not getting it here, but I was under the impression that the ARB compressor was not going to be very good at doing much of anything other than activating the locker because of its size, strength and lack of a tank. Am I going into this with the wrong idea about it?
It isn't the best for airing up but many use it for different things and it does just fine.
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It isn't the best for airing up but many use it for different things and it does just fine.
Sounds good. Thanks for the help, guys. I'll be calling them shortly.
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The standard compressor wont do much but run the lockers. The heavy duty or new constant duty will air up tires nicely!

There is a solenoid that is switched by the actual locker switch that allows pressure to engage the locker. When the locker is off there is not excessive pressure in the line to the locker.
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The standard compressor wont do much but run the lockers. The heavy duty or new constant duty will air up tires nicely!

There is a solenoid that is switched by the actual locker switch that allows pressure to engage the locker. When the locker is off there is not excessive pressure in the line to the locker.
When I had my jeep I got a bigger compressor and extra 5 gallon tank to run air tools and lockers. Worked great
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I think the main reason you want to wire them separately is that its harder to accidentally activate two switches than it is to accidentally activate ONE switch. You *really* don't want to accidentally activate your locker, could make you dead if you need to steer fast.

Now there are, of course, ways to make the single-switch locker SAFE.... wire it in series with your 4-LOW switch... then it can't activate unless you are in 4L. Or even your 4H switch, if you're certain that you won't ever be driving on the road in 4.

You could also use a memory circuit and a momentary contact switch in series with your BRAKE LIGHT circuit.. then you would have to be pressing the brakes for the locker to activate (which is probably a good idea regardless...)
All good points!!!!!!
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Sounds like a pretty definitive "don't do it"

Just to make sure I'm on the same page, when would I want my compressor on but not my locker if I'm not using it to air up?
(and even if I am, filling the sealed line to the locker won't leak much air, right?)
The line should not leak any air. Second I wired my S-10 that way. You cant run the locker with air and so what if the locker is engaged when your putting air in your tires.
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