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Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by tres, Dec 17, 2003.

  1. tres

    tres

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    i have a 77 fj40 and am about to buy a locker. i was thinking the front but i dont hace p/s or upgraded bif's(i dont even know how big a prob. that is) its a daily driver what do you guys think?
     
  2. Poser

    Poser Oh...Durka Durka Durka. s-Moderator Supporting Vendor

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    Put in the back, and learn to drive it like that!

    Good luck!

    -Steve
     
  3. The Dude

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  4. FJ40Dude75

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    smurfs are great and only 30 bucks I anit busted one yet and been beating the s**t out of my cruiser :D
     
  5. tres

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    link please. 30 each? where can i find a writeup on chainging a bif.
     
  6. alf

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    Smurfs 30 each. Man you been lookin at the brittany madonna kiss to long.

    Locker in the rear first and perferably an ARB if you can afford it. Learn to drive it.


    alf
     
  7. hammerhead

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    Rear first. You probably won't need smurfs till you have a locker in front. I've never seen a birf break with open diff.
     
  8. woody

    woody unhelpful spotter Staff Member Admin

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    Rear, front lockers by themselves are useless, been there, done that....

    IIRC, there is a couple articles in the tech section on birf work, also check the front disc brake conversion articles.
     
  9. DanKunz

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    A selectable locker in the front is the ONLY way to go if you can help it.

    Rear...lock it up!

    Driving style changes slightly, but not horrible to learn.

    Locking the front with full time lockage will make your 4WD locked hub time less enjoyable.

    Selectable up front = drive with full lock rear...if you get stock, hit the button and continue with front locked...then unlock and enjoy!
     
  10. FJ40Dude75

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    30 plus cores plus shipping is what Ipaid
     
  11. rusmannx

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    aussie in the rear?
    is this a better solution then a welded rear?
    which will have better road manners?
    what are the differences in the snow and ice?
     
  12. hammerhead

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    Trust me, on ice, you want open diff. If one tire spins the other will try to keep you straight. If both tires spin you slide downhill usually into the nearest ditch. Selectable is the way to go if you live in an icy area.
     
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    So far I've had good luck with my aussie in the rear of my 60 (wheelbase advantage) When it's really slick out, the rear end likes to kick to the right a bit. We shall see later in the winter when the MN roads are all coated in a nice thick coating of ice ::)

    In an open diff, the wheel which has traction will act as an anchor when the wheel that doesn't have traction spins. On ice, this will keep your vehicle straight. With a locker, you no longer have this anchor, and thus will slide down hill.

    Overall I'm happy with my locker purchase. It is quircky that is for sure. After spending some time behind the wheel you quickly get accostomed to it. The one part I don't like is transversing parking lots or parking ramps. If I don't keep some throttle on it, it will jerk like a son of a bitch.

    For me the benifit's outway the costs.
     
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    I thought aussie locker for the cruiser is not available yet ???

    /td
     
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    Locker can be annoying in a daily driver, but night and day difference off road. Sucks on slick roads.
     
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    Aussie lockers are available for cruisers, but they are currently waiting for a shipment. Supposedly there is a shipment leaving Austraila before Christmas. The $199 price tag goes up after Dec 31 too.
     
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    I was excited by the price of the Aussie Locker and I am sure it is perfect for some.. I officially decided that I have to hold out for the selectable lockers (saving my pennies for a long time). For my driving style (daily driver w/ road miles) I wouldn't be happy with the auto-locker.

    IMO you should definitley consider p/s upgrade before running a locker up front.

    Curious about Rusmannx' question.. I would think that any auto or selectable locker would give better on road manners than a welded diff, wouldn't it?
     
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    The only reason a welded might be considered to have better on road manners, is because it is totally predictable, not affected by tire pressure, and doesn't make any clanking noises, only tire scrub results. I wouldn't say welded is better, and I can't because I have neither, those are just the only reasons I can think of why welded might be considered better on road. Generally just predictability.
    Neither are for me. I am holding out for selectable F&R. No other way in a DD, as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    Has anybody heard from torqmaster over these lockers? I slapped my visa down in the beginning of Nov and nothing. I can't even get an e-mail responce (it is the holidays, i guess). The last I heard they where going to ship on the 20th of Dec?
     
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    I'm in the same position as you Big_blue, last email I got from teh guy said that they were expecting an order to be shipped out from their supplier in the first week in January. So we can expect them at our doors in about...... June ;)
     
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