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best lockers

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by fireturk41, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. Oct 4, 2009 at 10:48 AM
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    fireturk41

    fireturk41 [OP] I like to break shit!

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    okay over this weekend i decided my plans with the taco, rather than lifting it more and sasing it i decided to simply regear so i have stock performance with 33s and to put lockers in the front and rear diffs

    what is a good but inexpensive brand of lockers? either air or electric


    and what gear size would i want
     
  2. Oct 4, 2009 at 10:56 AM
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    'Ive heard a lot of good things about ARB air lockers however the cost will get you. Upwards of $800 a pop not including a compressor.
     
  3. Oct 4, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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    arb is the best in my oinion but the cost is the downfall, but you get what you pay for. you could do the on board viair set up and arb lockers and i would personally go with 4:10 or 4:88 tops depending on how your going to use it and how much power you are wanting to pick up
     
  4. Oct 4, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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    X2 on the ARB's. Sometimes, you will find an add that includes the pump. 2 benefits. 1: Locker, 2: On board air. :) Also to consider is an Eaton E-locker, or an Ox locker. The Ox locker is cable actuated, so there is no worries if an air leak or electrical issues arises....you can still be locked.
     
  5. Oct 4, 2009 at 11:04 AM
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    i have onboard air all ready, i found arb for 900 the only downer is the chance of an air leak
     
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    If you route the air lines propperly (above the frame, and protected), the chance of an air leak from damage is minimal. :)
     
  7. Oct 4, 2009 at 11:11 AM
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    If you do happen to lose your air supply, will the locker default to "open" or "locked".
     
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    Aren't we 'locked' out of eLocker? I thought that the agreement with Eaton/Toyota is all sales for Toyota E-lockers are through them?

    Not a big fan of 4 wheel parts but I think they are 804.
     
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    Its Open. Air is used to keep it engaged.


    Hmm...Never heard of that. Im not sure Eaton makes the locker on the TRD Off Road trucks. Last I heard, It was a Toyota thing.
     
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    I rode in a jeep tj this weekend locked front and rear with ARB's. It was amazing how much difference they make. they worked flawlessly all weekend while getting beat on.
     
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    a jeep doesnt have CV axles to break with a front locker though
     
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    true, that would be a week point with our trucks. You would want to use it carefully for sure.
     
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    you can get away with it...but thats definately a weak point thats amplified by a front locker
     
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    That's what I understand - I forget where I read that! I also tried to get a response from Eaton's website and no luck. Can't find anyone that sells a e-Locker to match my rear. If you know of any place that will sell you one, let me know.
     
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    ARB offers a stainless steel braided line. No more worrying about air leaks there. That's what I went with.
     
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    Very good to know!
     
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    Has anyone used/heard any things about Auburn ECTED? Limited slip with e-locker. Sounds sweet!

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    im pretty new to all this so dont flame me. wouldnt it be pretty easy to just go find a trd that wrecked or something and get the locker off of it and put it on your truck? or is it cheaper and easier to just get an aftermarket one? are they better that the stock ones that came on the trd models?
     
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    Check out my site, it's mostly up to date and there's too much to list here.
    Yes, Eaton makes the "TRD" electric locker.

    s2kvtak, the problem is that the TRD locker will not fit into the non-TRD housing without significant work. It's generally less work to go with an after market locker. You can modify the housing to fit the Eaton/TRD, you can swap the entire axle, then rig up the electronics or go with a cable actuator, or you can go aftermarket with a non-TRD axle.

    I have the Eaton/TRD in my rig, but have had several ARB's on various rigs in the past, including the very first ARB RD-90 that was put into a private Tacoma front diff in the US. They are great and super reliable, though you need to get them dialed in sometimes. Air pressure is critical. Use a regulator for sure, or risk blowing the seals.

    Personally, I think that people underestimate the value of the lockrite type, "lunchbox" lockers. I have one currently in my Dana 44 front and I really like it. It's just there, it just works and I don't have to worry about it. In the rear, you need to get used it a bit, but for the cash, it's a very good option.
     
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    ARB's all the way!!

    We had front & rear ARB's in our Jeep for about ....9 years.

    If the air lines are routed properly and installed properly, you won't have any air leaks. We never had any air leaks anywhere - using the original blue lines.

    The system was flawless for 9 years - they kick ass!!
     
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