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Gears & Lockers

Ok. Well, after this weekend of the truck's 4WD going out and the me having 1 drive wheel on the trail (damn snowy, icy stuff), I've decided it's time to start looking into new gears all around and a locker for at least the rear end.

Right now, I'm thinking about going with 4.10 gears from Superior, as I've never really seen anything bad about them. 4.10 simply because that's what I've read is good to go with for 33's. If you guys have opinions on gear makers or sizes, feel free to share.

However, the locker, I'm a little bit more stumped on. Right now, my 3 options are as follows (I think):

ARB Air locker: From what I've read, absolutely sweet, however, very expensive (which means more then likely a no-go).

Eaton E-Locker: Sounds like it would fit my needs very well, however, haven't really seen much on it's durability or pricing.

Something like a PowerTrax locker. Plain ol' engaged all the time, works great, dependable, but engaged all the time. Haha.... might not be a horrible thing, but I'm just weighing my options at this point in time.

Well, anyway, if you guys have lockers, let me know what you have and if you like it. I'm hoping to get this stuff ordered within the month and then start looking into somewhere that can install it.

And yes, I did a little bit of searching through old threads, but wanted to open a new one anyway as I didn't see much comparing lockers. Sorry, if I missed or you feel this is just a recreation for the 10 thousandth time.

EDIT: As a side note, does anyone know what diff I would have up front? I was under the impression it was a Dana 35, but I'm not sure now.

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4.10's will be fine for 33's........if you have the manual tranny they will even be fine for 35's.....

on the locker, if money is no option, i would get the ARB air-locker......BUT i personally would prefer the E-Locker......with the E-locker, you dont have to worry about mounting an air compressor and air tank........

Do you do most of your driving on the street? if you do you might consider the Torson diff.....i found one when i was searching for me a L/S for a 28 spline axle....it was i belive $475 (about the same price as an E-Locker).....

that is my opinion....
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Never heard of a torsion diff. Don't suppose you have a link or anything? Just tried to google it, but didn't see much. I'll search a bit more when I get home, so just figured I'd ask.
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a Torsen diff is what comes in the Level II's......they are a gear type L/S unit instead of the clutch L/S like is in any other Ranger w/ L/S.......a Torsen diff is extremely strong.....

here is their homepage:
http://www.torsen.com/products/products.htm

Here is the Ford 8.8 28 Spline T-2 Torsen on Summit's website for $499.95...........
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...fms-m-4204-t28
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what about a detroit?
its 600 though

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

then toss a Tru-Trac up front?
i have 4.10's i would really like 4.56, i miss the acceleration i had stock, was able to take out civics :) that made me happy haha

anyways, it all depends on your driving habits, if u dont have a heavy foot, dont have many hills, then 4.10s would probably be good, i would be willing to sell mine, i just need the 4.56's first and i have a lawyer right now that every dime of mine goes to...
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what about a detroit?
its 600 though

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

then toss a Tru-Trac up front?
i have 4.10's i would really like 4.56, i miss the acceleration i had stock, was able to take out civics :) that made me happy haha

anyways, it all depends on your driving habits, if u dont have a heavy foot, dont have many hills, then 4.10s would probably be good, i would be willing to sell mine, i just need the 4.56's first and i have a lawyer right now that every dime of mine goes to...
bad thing about the "full-time" locker is that they are just that....an always engaged locker except when turning........if he was going to spend $600 might as well spend the other $200 for an ARB.......if i were to get a locker i would personally want something that was selectable...
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normal cut D35 is in the front. considered a hybrid D35 so jeep D35 lockers will not fit but the gears will.

i take it you have 3.73s now?
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normal cut D35 is in the front. considered a hybrid D35 so jeep D35 lockers will not fit but the gears will.

i take it you have 3.73s now?
Correct. I'm trying to find what fits the my Ranger's front end on the Application guide from Superior's website so that should help me out. Much appreciated.

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Do you do most of your driving on the street? if you do you might consider the Torson diff.....i found one when i was searching for me a L/S for a 28 spline axle....it was i belive $475 (about the same price as an E-Locker).....
Also, where you looking at ELockers? I just checked summit for $900.00! If you got the hook up for 475 I'm all ears. Haha....

Eaton E-Locker for 8.8 28 Spline

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if you want a GOOD price on gears.....man i hate to say it.....but i got my gears from 4 Wheel Parts for $379 shipped for the front and rear gears, and both master install kits.......
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for the front it standard cut dana 35.. as for the rear locker, unless your dead set on a selectable. go buy a powertrax no-slip. i ran one for 2 years and loved it. invisible on the road unless you put your foot on the floor. now since i have an exploder diff im dead set on a selectable since i know ill be keepin this axle.
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I ordered a powertrax no-slip last week but i'm still waiting on it to show up so I cant tell you from experience, but everything I've read about it is great and its only $385 shipped. :D I can't wait for it to get here.
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i run a 9" ford-i love my detroit locker,yes if squeels the tires in tight turns, but who cares, plus its fun in the rain and traction wise-i rarely use 4x4 any more...but if i had to do it all over again-spool in rear, selectable locker in front-
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if you want a GOOD price on gears.....man i hate to say it.....but i got my gears from 4 Wheel Parts for $379 shipped for the front and rear gears, and both master install kits.......
ill have to look into that haha
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i believe ox locker is coming out with a locker for the 8.8. for the rear i would go with the arb because of the compressor. u never know when u need onboard air. train horn, tire inflation, etc. haha train horn
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