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Old 06-20-2010
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Sorry I never saw this post, but then again, I'm hardly ever on here. I had the ECTED in my 02 Ranger. It's Full-time LS and Locker on demand electronically. I had my switch installed near my gas pedal so that I could just give it a quick kick when I needed it. i used to off road in the sand a lot so this really helped with my 2wd Ranger EDGE. It was definitely a little pricey but I didn't care at the time lol.

I highly recommend this locker, it's money well spent.
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If you are looking for a true locking differential, don't go with the ECTED, go with a Detroit Unit. I've run the ECTED and while I do like it and have not had the issues that others have had, other than the unit needing to be pulled and rebuilt because the bias clutches wear out, it isn't a true locking differential. The unit does lock, to a certain extent, but as the clutches wear, the unit slowly converts over to an open differential. The L/S won't work, nor will the locker. That being said, I've gone through two and really don't have too many complaints. It definitely isn't "an install and forget about unit", but the materials used in the construction, aren't going to leave you high and dry. Don't know if the same can be said for other selectable units. If you are building a trail rig, go with a detroit. If you are going to be running on the street, go with an ARB or an OX.
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Thanks for all of the info, it has been boiled down to two lockers, the Detriot and the OX.
Just need to determine which one for the front and the rear applications.
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Originally Posted by HarryTasker View Post

I live in an apartment. I don't know how to weld nor have a welder. I don't even have a jack to ge the truck in the. so i have to pay someone to weld the mounts on the truck. I will have to pay someone to get the r&p installed. The two people I know with welding skills are members here Shane (fx4wannabe01) and Kyle Riggs. they both weleded the mounts for their axles but both of them paid to have the gears installed. So at best that is another $250 for the r&p install and either money or some form of compensation for the welding at about $100.
then how the heck did you get a SAS'd truck?
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Old 06-20-2010
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Originally Posted by brianjwilson View Post
I forget what you put in your front axle, I'll have to look again.
I had an aussie in front (and rear) of the sport trac and it was awesome. The tight steering in 4x4 is different, but being in 4low with front and rear locked up was badass. I haven't had a real reason to put my F150 in 4x4 and lock the front yet, stupid Kentucky. lol. I've tried flexing it out on ramps and in ditches, but in 4x4 with the rear locker it hasn't lifted a tire up front when it's unlocked anyway.

edit: I see that you have a Detroit up front. How is it with the hubs locked in 2wd? The aussie wasn't noticeable at all in 2wd even with live axles. It seems like my rear detroit is a little noisier and clunkier than the aussie was though.
with the hubs locked in 2wd its not noticable, or alteast i didnt notice it. the kinda noisy at times but not often, and my front is virtually silent. I wouldnt mind having a spool in the rear though instead...
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