- Feb 22, 2011
I haven't made a final decision but I am highly considering getting at least an unlocked rear diff and putting a Harrop in it along with 4.88s and installing it in my new rear axle and installing it so I would get rear disks, a locker, and full floating axle design. I just haven't quite figured out if the third members are interchangeable since I have read about different housing stud patterns between the non locked and locked axles.
That or I will just buy an unlocked full floater rear and sell off my entire set.
I'm not interested in making the OEM lockers work when a new surperior option is available that doesn't have actuators to fail or OEM ecus that have errors. I was wheeling with my brothers factory locked 80, which were regularly turned on and off, and the front locked up and never would disengage until using a 12v battery down there. There's still some issue with the ECU that he hasn't cared to fix. I'm just not really interested in going through all this work for things that can still fail, or rear splines that can twist and involve serious hacking to get into the rear end.
Valid points. All to be considered. Ultimately this is your rig so whatever floats your boat.
I would say that the Slee wiring harness or the 12v guy would bypass the ECU and there would be no errors to deal with, super simple. If you rebuild the actuators, which would not cost much, that would eliminate a lot of the unknowns on condition and durability. I think it would be a pretty option.
It ultimately sounds like you are set on Harrops, which is fine. I have looked at those but ultimately, it's cheaper if you with what you already have. I know you have had your rig for a long time and have not had lockers up to this point. I could see Harrops if you were seriously changing how you wheel, but if this is a "well, I might as well..." then I am not so sure that it may be the best of expenditures.
By the way, a HUGE fan of your rig. I have followed a long time in Expo and here. I have taken a few cues from your board (read-flat up stole!). I just moved up to Little Rock, AR area. I would love to see your rig in person.