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Front Locker: Is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by LoadedTaco, Apr 2, 2014.

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Do you have a locker and have you used it.

  1. No

    47 vote(s)
    52.2%
  2. Yes, used it 0 times

    4 vote(s)
    4.4%
  3. Yes, used it a few times

    15 vote(s)
    16.7%
  4. Yes, I have used it and needed it many times.

    24 vote(s)
    26.7%
  1. Aug 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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    Got it.... no worries.
     
  2. Aug 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM
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    I have needed it many times, but didnt have one so ive used the winch as my front locker. I want to get one, however its easier to pull winch cable than fix broken CVs which will now be a constant worry. So i keep flip flopping back and forth.
     
  3. Aug 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM
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    You only break CV's if you don't use the front locker correctly. I have used my front locker many times never have I worried about breaking anything. I would much rather push a button then get out pull cable and try and find a good anchor.
     
  4. Aug 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM
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    enough to go over stuff
    When I go to LT in the front and do 35's with fiber glass ill regear and add the locker in the front. Atrac and a rear locker have been enough to get me through everything so far.
     
  5. Aug 13, 2014 at 3:15 PM
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    It depends on the line. For some reason 1st gens have a harder time and get stuck in the shit line easier than 2nd gens, not are why, maybe the width? But if you stay way passenger side correctly you can put right up it with almost no clutch riding (I have an auto with 4.56 and had 33s at the time but I know what it takes to get up it). But if you fall more in the v you will spend a while trying to fix it.

    Most of Moab can be done without a front locker. Certainly not needed except for the hardest obstacles (9+). A rear locker and good rear articulation is far more important.
     
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  6. Aug 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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    And what is using it correctly? Only on smooth sections of trail not near any obsticles?

    I've broken 1 CV btw in 9yrs of wheeling 6 of those with a crawler and that was on the exit of a rock garden on a rock he size of a basket ball. Point is you never can tell when something will break.

    I would still much rather pull cable than change a cv...
     
  7. Aug 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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    I don't know if anyone else realizes this, but there is no one answer to any of this. Wheel what you brought. Good driving can make up for lack of equipment to some degree. If you have it and never use it then sweet. If you need it and don't have it well, nothing you can do about it.

    Good to have? Yes
    Do you need it? No
    Can you wheel without one? Yes
    Does it greatly add to control? Yes
    Does you clam shell blow up immediately? No
    Will it one day? Maybe, there are tons of variables.
    Can you do the gate open/open? Yes
    Does the ARB strengthen the front diff? Yes
    Does it increase possibility of snapping a CV? Yes so do bigger tires
    Can you snap a CV without a locker? Yes
    Is a winch useful? Yes
    Is this supposed to be funny? A little bit
    Should you feel personally attacked by this? No


    I have it and spent a bunch of money on it, so I am going to use it. I like trying some stuff open, but there is something satisfying about locking up and crawling over a tippy obstacle.

    The most important thing I have learned about the front locker is you only use it when you need it. Don't turn with it on unless you have too and turn that shit off as soon as you don't need it!

    :p
     
  8. Aug 14, 2014 at 2:22 PM
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    Really smart azz. No correct use for you is in the drive way while you pretend to be driving it..



    You don't leave the front locker on and try to turn over large rocks and such or smash skinny peddle to floor with tires spinning with no traction until they grab and break a CV. Use it only when necessary and then disengage. Anything can break at any time that's for sure. But being stupid makes things break much more frequently.
    Now go pull some cable while I wheel on past using my front locker CORRECTLY. .:cool:
     
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  9. Aug 15, 2014 at 5:18 AM
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    What size tires were they running? On small tires, 35s and under, then yeah your IFS will be fine.

    On real offroad tires, aka in the 40+ yes it'll snap that clam shell in half

    Take a little stroll through pirate4x4 if you dont believe me.
     
  10. Aug 15, 2014 at 6:23 AM
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    No shit captain obvious. Literally nobody runs 40s on these trucks. It's not even realistically possible to fit them. The max on these ifs trucks is 37, which is very much a serious off road tire. And guess what, there are a few 1st and 2nd gens running 37s and a front locker and they don't just explode the clam shell. They are very experienced drivers which helps, and snap cvs more frequently depending on how hard the trail is.

    At this point not having a front locker is holding me back. Is it worth it? Ya if you actually need it.

    You can't just say "go look at pirate" as your reference and expect your opinion to be worth a damn.
     
  11. Aug 15, 2014 at 7:36 AM
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    I said, if you dont believe me, go check pirate. As in there are a ton of real people offroading difficult trails that will agree with me.

    You can run 40s on anything you want. I can put 40s on a honda civic. How attached to the body panels are you? and how much do you want to Fab?

    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/vehi...dana-60s-linked-40s-duals-etc-sale-trade.html

    Tadaaa....

    you should join up on there and tell him he's stupid, he should just run 37s with IFS.... lol


    Oh and here is a honda civic built into an offroad machine. lol http://img1.pirate4x4.com/forum/gen...4-building-honda-based-rear-engine-buggy.html
     
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    I want to see you fit 40s on a civic, when I say fit I mean full stuff locked. :D
     
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    Stahp. Just stahp. Really.
     
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    Oh sorry. I forgot. No pointing out flaws in our trucks. lol
     
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    Its not a flaw in our trucks. Show me a single production IFS differential that can handle 40" tires and hold up. I ran 37's on IFS with an ARB for a long time, and never cracked the clamshell in half like you say. I ran the same trails I run now on Dana 60's and 40's, I just had to beat on it that much harder back then. ;)
     
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    you are so dense. for real
     
  18. Aug 22, 2014 at 7:39 AM
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    Yea and guess what captain obvious when on large rocks, all bound up with no traction and the wheels turned is exactly when you need a front locker which was the point i was trying to make.

    I will be right behind you walking up the same stuff open that you needed that front locker for! I only pull the cable for the hard stuff.
     
  19. Aug 22, 2014 at 7:52 AM
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    You truly can't be this stupid. Well maybe you can. I never said you can't use on large rocks. You obviously have no idea how they work. I said turning over them while engaged. Pick your line use locker if you need to turn disengage pick new line engage again as needed. It's not hard to figure out. We'll maybe for you it is. Just keep tugging on your cable. Enjoy.
     
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    First off you cant use pirate4x4 as a reference, 99% of that site is a dick measuring contest and seeing who can spend the most money.

    Post pics of a snapped in half clam shell front trail wheeling that did not involve jumping.

    Most trails can be done on tires smaller than 37's, it comes down to the driver, how long you want to take and what line you want to pick. So "real" offroad tire is 40+... Give me a break.
     
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