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Elocker guard

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 05RedTaco, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. Aug 30, 2011 at 10:55 PM
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    05RedTaco

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    I have been researching this and came up with three results;

    Inchworm $75 + shipping Link --> http://www.inchwormgear.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=58

    The motor assembly on your Electric Locker costs over $500 to replace. It is made of cast aluminum so bumping it on a rock could really be expensive. Protect your investment with an Inchworm Electric Locker Motor Guard. Unlike other products on the market, our unit is formed around the motor to protect the side as well as the bottom of your motor assembly. Fits Electric Lockers on the rear of Tacomas, 4Runners, and FJ Cruisers, as well as the front of FJ80s. It is even powder coated for long lasting good looks!

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    All-Pro $69 + shipping LINK --> https://www.allprooffroad.com/fjtrailarmor/fjskidplates/fjcelockerguard

    The Toyota E-Locker is one of the FJ Cruiser/Tacoma owner's secret weapons off-road. While it's hard to improve on the Toyota factory design, All-Pro Off Road has developed a new Electric Locker Guard that's a tough 3/16" cold rolled steel skid plate that provides protection for the Tacoma's E-Locker actuator. That's right - no more worries about your E-Locker letting you down in the rocks when you need it most because the actuator was smashed flat by the rock you were trying to get over! Bolt-on application for 05+ Tacomas/FJ Cruisers with E-Locker rear ends.

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    Sky's $39 + shipping Link --> http://www.sky-manufacturing.com/new/detaproduct.php?id=119

    Sky's new Toyota Tacoma TRD electric locker guard. This guard installs in under 10 minutes, gives protection to you $600 e-locker solenoid.
    This guard has been test fitted to our own test vehicle, so unlike some competitors versions, it fits the diff correctly. Also we have added an extra side protection gusset to keep potential damages out from the side as well. Makes a great gift and requires only minimal tools to install, possibly saving hundreds of dollars in the long run.
    Fits all TRD e-Lockers, comes in black powder coat.
    Made from laser cut 3/16ths steel plate.



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    That's all whats out there, from crawling under my truck, the elocker assembly looks pretty fragile. These cost $39 - $75 + shipping. Not a bad idea, to protect the locker motor and avoid costly repair. Especially on stock ride height trucks!

    Anyone has any experience with these? I like Sky's design, because its cheapest and looks like it would do the job just fine compared to the more expensive pieces. Sky's design is also VERY similar to All Pro...
     
  2. Aug 31, 2011 at 8:53 AM
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    rsbmg

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    Looks like Sky has an appropriatly priced product. Metal looks as thick if not thicker than the other two and I dont see any design improvements of the two others which would cause them to be better than the sky unit. Sky it is.

    Thanks for the links!
     
  3. Aug 31, 2011 at 8:59 AM
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    sytfu510

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    something like this is only for the trucks that have the switchable locking rear? My truck is the sport model ( full time lsd )
     
  4. Aug 31, 2011 at 9:02 AM
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    Good information, I had no idea what the price of the e-locker solenoid was!:eek:

    A lot of insurance for little money!
     
  5. Aug 31, 2011 at 9:07 AM
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    Thanks for the links OP. The Sky elocker cover is def the right price. I'm liking the Boztec diff guard, but I'm not liking it for $385 SRP:(.
     
  6. Aug 31, 2011 at 9:10 AM
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    Good job. Thanks for the info
     
  7. Aug 31, 2011 at 9:10 AM
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  8. Aug 31, 2011 at 9:20 AM
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    Of the three listed by the OP, go with the inchworm. It's solid, has more coverage, and the fit and finish is way nicer. I had to notch the corner of mine to clear the gas tank skid at full flex though.

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  9. Aug 31, 2011 at 9:22 AM
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    where do they bolt to?

    Does the inchworm protect the wires going to the e-locker?
     
  10. Aug 31, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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    The inchworm utilizes 3 of the factory nuts that are on the 3rd memeber.

    The wires are on the top of the actuator on top of the 3rd. There's no way you could even hit anything near the wires.
     
  11. Aug 31, 2011 at 9:29 AM
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    Great thread. Very useful to see available options side by side like that.
     
  13. Aug 31, 2011 at 1:43 PM
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    me too! I am ordering one next week! I like how low profile it is and protects both sides.
     
  14. Aug 31, 2011 at 1:52 PM
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    Cheaper than a new axle housing.
     
  16. Aug 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM
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    Jason, the lockers are the same for both 1st and 2nd gen, correct?
     
  17. Aug 31, 2011 at 2:06 PM
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    Yes!
     
  18. Aug 31, 2011 at 2:13 PM
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    And that's why I did this to mine after a nice little dent in the housing.

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    That turned out good.
     
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