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4.56's in my future.

Well I have completed my search for axles loaded with 4.56's. I got a front diff from Redranger4.0 in march and Saturday got an explorer axle with 4.56's. Neither axle has been run in a truck.

The Rear is from a 2000 but unfortunately doesn't have any brake lines, calipers, or rotors. My plan was to make a trip to a UPULLIT that has unbelievable prices to get the calipers and lines, then I will purchase new rotors and pads. I plan to clean it up and paint it once I have the shock tabs and spring seats welded on. (anyone that wants to assist me in this I would love the help since I don't have a welder and don't feel too confident in my welding ability).

There is something about the rear axle I wasn't expecting. It has a locker in it. Which at first I was like SWEET but now I don't know. It seems to be an automatic locker and I am afraid of how badly it will tear up my tires on the street. I am aware of the differences in driveability but not afraid I can adapt. I always thought I would get a locker someday but something that was an E-locker or Air-Locker. Don't know how this is going to turn out.

Sorry for the long thread but just thought somebody woudl be interested in reading it...I will also use this thread as my "build up" for the axle.










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nice!

as far as the axle with the locker is concerned is, it will release itself as you turn.....that will not wear the tires anymore than a normal rear end....
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That is what I thought I just want to make sure it is an automatic locker. It doesn't have any name on it only a couple of numbers and letters. Nothing I can piece together to make sure to tell me what it is.

I did look up some automatic lockers as to what they look like an it looks like what I have that is why I said it seems.

Think anyone would be able to tell me if I snapped a pic of it?
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snap a picture of it....i can tell ya if it is an auto or electric......
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Well I am almost certain it is an AUTO but I wanted to figure out who makes it. I wanted to find the specs on it so I don't go blow it up the first time out. I read something about an automatic locker wasn't good for anything above a 31" tire. I have the 33" TSL's.
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auto lockers are used all the time in conjunction with large tires.......there are even members here who are running larger than 31's with auto lockers.....
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auto lockers are used all the time in conjunction with large tires.......there are even members here who are running larger than 31's with auto lockers.....

Alright that makes me feel a little better. I will go and snap a pic. What members specifically are running them(I just would like to see what their setup is)?
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when i get a superlift and 35's im gunna need some 4.56 gears too.. nice finding axles with them already installed
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I know gumby, scott and Bob have one. I ran a lunch box locker in both of my jeeps with no problems and I am not easy on my trucks.
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I know gumby, scott and Bob have one. I ran a lunch box locker in both of my jeeps with no problems and I am not easy on my trucks.
Thanks I know gumby and Bob but who is scott.
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Thanks I know gumby and Bob but who is scott.
Scott = big04ranger
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Thanks.

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that looks like a Detroit E-Z Locker.....
http://www.eatonperformance.com/diff...-Z-Locker.html
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i have the no-slip with 32's and have had that in for over 20k miles....i dont think your 33's will have a problem with it. i plan on running 35's with mine
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that looks like a Detroit E-Z Locker.....
http://www.eatonperformance.com/diff...-Z-Locker.html

I thought that was it but wasn't sure.

Am I right in assuming that the middle two plates will release from the side gear when I go around a turn?

What makes this happen? Since right now both axles are locked; I can't turn one without the other turning right along with it.
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if you dont want that locker thats im your sploder diff PM me with your price..
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I know gumby, scott and Bob have one. I ran a lunch box locker in both of my jeeps with no problems and I am not easy on my trucks.
i DID have them.... they are in gumbys truck now
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if you dont want that locker thats im your sploder diff PM me with your price..
If I decide to get rid of it WHICH I DON'T THINK WILL HAPPEN you will get it. I will remember you.

I think I am going to keep this thing. Unless I go for a drive and it is undriveable but from what I have read that shouldn't be the case.
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i have the no-slip with 32's and have had that in for over 20k miles....i dont think your 33's will have a problem with it. i plan on running 35's with mine
Thanks this gives me a good share of confidence in it. How hard do you push it off road.
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I thought that was it but wasn't sure.

Am I right in assuming that the middle two plates will release from the side gear when I go around a turn?

What makes this happen? Since right now both axles are locked; I can't turn one without the other turning right along with it.
the springs inside the locker is what makes it disengage.........whenever you jack up the rear end and spin a tire, both will spin because there isn't excess pressure on the outter tire.......
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nah. once you drive it you will love it. dont be scerrr'd
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the springs inside the locker is what makes it disengage.........whenever you jack up the rear end and spin a tire, both will spin because there isn't excess pressure on the outter tire.......
Gotcha.

Thanks Maurice.
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hold one side and spin the other side forward, see if it will ratchet then. might take some decent force w/o wheels and tires on it
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nah. once you drive it you will love it. dont be scerrr'd

you not helpin me any here budd
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you not helpin me any here budd
HAHA I think this whole thread is not helping you any. Before this thread you prolly could have talked me into selling it to you but after this thread that will be a tough one to do unless you are going to give me money for brakes, brake lines, rotors, calipers, and a L/S.

Sorry I don't think I would even give it up for all that.
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