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Aussie Locker??

I want one for the front of my 07' Ranger 4x4 XLT since I already have limited slip in the rear so i was wondering exactly which one I need and what's involved on installing it and time to install it? Is the locker all I need to make it work?
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it should be all you need, plus some diff fluid.

you have to drop the front diff.
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Yeah, Diff. fluid and new gasket if you want to do it right.
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okay thanks... anyone have one and can gimme some info on how you like it and stuff?? What's the time length that this usually takes? I have access to a lift btw.
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I have a Aussie in my Rear (see truck specs V). I like it alot....it always locks when I need it and after changing my driving style a little, it goes around turns well. It was very easy to install, and after the second time putting it in, it only took 15 min. but for the front, Zach saids you need to drop the front axle. The best part about the Aussie locker is that it will never wear out.
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well i have 3.73 gearing rightnow, so would it really take me any extra time to slap some 4.10's in there? howmuch time would it take to put some 4.10's in the rear? with my 32's it has no snap to it.
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oh yeah since I have an auto tranny, would I need to do anything else besides putting the new gears in? sorry for all the questions...
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You have to know what you are doing to put gears in. It takes time and good measurements to do it right. If you never did it before, you'll need somebody who knows how to do it and has the correct tools.

Other then that, no, it doesnt matter what tranny you have when you install gears. No need to be sorry, thats what the forums are for.
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Cory if you do the install please get pics and write up a how-to on locker install. I am wanting to do on myself.
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Since you're a 4x4 you'll have to swap gears in the front as well. Can't just do the rear.
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Cory if you do the install please get pics and write up a how-to on locker install. I am wanting to do on myself.
The Aussie comes with excellent illustrated instructions.
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The Aussie comes with excellent illustrated instructions.

A good real world install with pics and a good write up is better than any instructions.
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dont put it on. I have a aussie equivalent in my front, and although I love it, I have been through so many CVs its rediculous. I have to leave one CV out when driving one the street so it drives normal and doesnt devour my tires..
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I want one for the front of my 07' Ranger 4x4 XLT since I already have limited slip in the rear so i was wondering exactly which one I need and what's involved on installing it and time to install it? Is the locker all I need to make it work?
XD-13535 was the part number for my 2003. Chances are 99% that it will also fit your 07 - verify before ordering. You must drop the diff from the truck and then pull the carrier. The directions require that you check and record a few clearances to keep your warranty in effect.

I bought an early production XD-13535 a year or so ago and I ran into a couple of issues.

My kit came with a set of instructions originally written for a Dakota or something like that. It said that the cross shaft (not included in the kit) needed to be replaced with a hardened piece. A call to the tech department confirmed that this is not correct information for the Ranger application and that the original should be reused.

As delivered, the locker physically would not fit into my truck's stock carrier. One part needed to be turned down slightly on a lathe so it could be assembled. I cleared it with their tech guy before I did it.

Hopefully, they have fixed the problems with the clearances and the instructions. I talked at length with the owner of the company and a knowledgable tech guy. Both were very concerned about the problems I saw and what needed to be done. At that time, the owner said that he would suspend all sales of the SLA Ranger/Explorer locker until the issues could be corrected on all in-stock and future production kits. I could have done without the installation glitches but I would say that the level of support after the sale was excellent.
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K, well a write up never hurts i guess.
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dont put it on. I have a aussie equivalent in my front, and although I love it, I have been through so many CVs its rediculous. I have to leave one CV out when driving one the street so it drives normal and doesnt devour my tires..

What did you mess up on when you installed it then? Mine drives like its not even there.
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what did YOU mess up? mine works like it should. but IFS live axle front isnt built for that...
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Mine locks when in 4x4, when not in 4x4 its invisible. Again what did you mess up during your install?
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no youve got it all wrong. we have a live axle setup, there is always torque from both sides in the carrier. it doesnt matter if you are in 4x4 or not i will still lock when a tire is "spinning" except at high speeds when it disengages...
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I would never install one in my front diff. because it is so weak.
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You have it wrong. If there is no torque applied the locker will not lock. If it is not in 4x4 there is no torque, no matter what speed. Maybe you should have a look at your install.
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nope there is torque. torque from the driveshaft doesnt matter. a lunchbox locker works off torque from the input of the shafts. since we dont have locking hubs they are always torqueing.

my locker always works properly offroad. only at low speeds when turning does it lock, like in parking lots.

my install was fine. and if you tell me you havent broken a bunch of shafts on 35s with a locker in front, you have a bad install and your locker isnt engaging properly. or you dontever take your truck offroad...
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I will admit I'm not that hard on my truck offroad. I haven't broken a shaft yet.

My install was correct, I measured every tolerance with a feeler gauge to make sure it was in spec. My locker locks in 4x4, no matter what speed. When in 2wd, it is never locked, unless I had just disengaged 4wd.

My aussie does not lock in parking lots or when going very slowly. I can hear it clicking at low speeds when turning, but it never locks unless 4x4 is engaged.
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sorry to tell you but your locker doesnt sense when you are in 4wd. maybe its just the difference powertraxx easy locker and aussie. maybe my springs are much more firm.
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