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ARB Locker Switch

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Bird, May 10, 2011.

  1. May 10, 2011 at 10:30 AM
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    Bird

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    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?

    Thanks for the feedback.
     
  2. May 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM
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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.
     
  3. May 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM
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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.
     
  4. May 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM
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    Also to be quite honest it scares me that an off road shop would even recommend that.
     
  5. May 10, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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    Wow. I personal thing it would be stupid to do that. IMO that guy is an idiot
     
  6. May 10, 2011 at 10:38 AM
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    Everything is wired in one harness as well so its not like combining the switches will save you any extra work.
     
  7. May 10, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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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.
     
  8. May 10, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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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?)
     
  9. May 10, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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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?
     
  10. May 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    It isn't the best for airing up but many use it for different things and it does just fine.
     
  11. May 10, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    Sounds good. Thanks for the help, guys. I'll be calling them shortly.
     
  12. May 10, 2011 at 10:55 AM
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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.
     
  13. May 10, 2011 at 12:04 PM
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    When I had my jeep I got a bigger compressor and extra 5 gallon tank to run air tools and lockers. Worked great
     
  14. May 11, 2011 at 10:20 AM
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    All good points!!!!!!
     
  15. May 12, 2011 at 2:20 PM
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    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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