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Old 01-03-2010
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can someone post pictures or point me in the direction of a good install of an electronic locker. i want to see what a kit comes with, what would you change about it to make it less vaulnerable. how it was wired and routed, relay configurations, etc..
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I run one and you can't change anything about it to make it less vulnerable. First off, while the device does lock up, it isn't a true locker as clamping force on one side is achieved by a ball cup and bias clutches pressed against the carrier. Second, the weakness was/is the bias clutches as well as the reliability of the electricals/lockup mechanism. While I've never experienced the second, the first(once the clutches wear out) the unit becomes little more than an open diff. My opinion, either get a full time locker, an ARB or buy the e-locker.
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I love the idea of a limited slip and locker in one unit, but the ected doesn't achieve full lockup, and wears out.
I agree that if you need something reliable and durable, get a full time locker (lunchbox like aussie or full carrier like detroit), or a part time like ARB air locker or Detroit E-locker.
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i dont have a lot of experience with lockers but, a full time locker can be annoying and a pain if its your dd. and ARB's and Detroits are pricey.
what my brother ended up going with a lock-right on his old bronco II. its a ratcheting type automatic locker. so when your on a descent turn or not on the throttle it unlocks. seemed to hold up to the abuse we gave it and wasn't annoying on his dd, it out lasted the first bronco and was put into the second. (the bronco is stumpy from TRS)
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A full time locker (in the term we were using) IS a lock-rite, aussie or detroit automatic locker. Full time or automatic locker.
The aussie and lock-rite is nearly identical. The detroit operates the same, but it replaces the entire carrier instead of just the spider gears.
The ected is going to be nearly as expensive as an ARB or Detroit automatic locker, or E-locker.
So you are either looking at an expensive lock-rite style (300ish) that you can install yourself, or any of the others (600-900) that will require the differential to be setup by a professional.
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ok i thought by full time you were referring to like a spool which doesn't unlock...my bad.
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i was defeniatly planning a part time locker, i would love an air lock, but i just cant justify putting onboard air on my truck, even though it would be very useful to have.

i didnt really expect a clutch issue with them ected systems. what kind of use would you expect the locker to best work for? i plan on ocassional, but limited offroading on weekends and of course, winter. i wouldnt use it overly hard and i imagine it should outlast most mechanical setups ive seen, or is there a reliable mechanical locker that i havent heard of yet? the electrical hook up would be a mess on these things, is it just a connector pressed into a drilled hole in the housing? how do the hookups look?

would anyone reccomend these lockers for a front end setup? (for an SAS d44) or would these ected systems primarily be a good locker for a rear end? it would be nice to have a limited slip setting to use but im now actually kind of leaning toward this e-locker now, since the weakness of the ected systems was made clear. and i assume the e-locker is a much better configuration for any abuse. ill do some more research on these systems.

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I like my Eaton E-locker. Gear driven so it won't wear out, although when unlocked its a plain old open diff. No biggie though, I wanted a locker not a limited slip. I've had it for a couple of years now with no problems.
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