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LOCKERS!!

ive got an 06 4x4 4.10's and an open rear diff(gay) and was wondering if there is any option for the front? im probably gonna aussie lock the rear. Is there any locking front hubs around for this year too?? i know about the AVM's for the 98-99 trucks.
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Have a look around.
The 00.5 and newer rangers have live axles, always engaged. There is no hub to fail, and a direct connection that is much stronger than a manual hub. You can swap in older parts, you'll need cv shafts (end to end), hub/bearing units from a 98-00.5 ranger, and the manual hubs. The avm hubs only clip on and are not that strong, a lot of people have had them fall off under heavy wheeling. The only real advantage is that if you break a cv joint you could unlock the hubs and drive home. Any mileage gain is negligible, especially in the newer rangers. That is my experience anyway.
Aussie sells a locker for the front and it works well.
Unless you have a 31 spline 8.8 rear, you won't find an Aussie for it. Lock rite makes a similar locker for the 28 spline (maybe 31 too) for a little more money.
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That does sound better than a manual hub. Would there be any difference between my rear end (28spline) and the same in a full size bronco? Other than width. And seeing as how my front is always engaged that acts as a locker right?
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I believe the Bronco and F150s with 8.8s were all 31 spline, but don't quote me. If so then yes they are different. Ring and pinion is the same but the axle shafts (spline count) and carriers/lockers are different.

No, the front doesn't act as a locker. Live axle just means that the front drive line (draft shaft, axle shafts and differential) are always turning even in 2wd. The only "disconnect" of the 4x4 system is the transfer case. The front differential is still "open".

The aussie locker up front will still work fine. In 2wd you will not feel any effect of having a locker up there as there is no torque applied to lock it. You might just hear clicking or ratcheting noises making turns at low speed. When in 4x4, the steering is much tighter though. Being that you probably only use 4x4 down there in the mud, it isn't a big deal, but it can be hairy to use in the snow. Having a locker up there will create more stress on the CV joints though, as a locker in any differential will cause more stress. I always carried a spare CV shaft, gear oil and tools when I went wheeling in my sport trac with front and rear aussie lockers just in case I broke one, but I never did.
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i cant find anything online for the front of my truck. its all dana 35 ttb stuff.
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i have an aussie in the front of my truck. I highly suggest you use a limited slip unit for the rear, as lockers get kind of frightening in smaller trucks and like to eat tires. i have a trac loc with 03-04 cobra carbon fiber clutches in it and an f-150 S spring and it does the job.
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i have an aussie in the front of my truck. I highly suggest you use a limited slip unit for the rear, as lockers get kind of frightening in smaller trucks and like to eat tires. i have a trac loc with 03-04 cobra carbon fiber clutches in it and an f-150 S spring and it does the job.
I'm not sure I would say they are frightening..?

I loved mine with an automatic transmission in the sport trac, but they are kind of annoying with a manual transmission.
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I'm guessing I would need the locker that is ABS compatible?
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I'm not sure I would say they are frightening..?

I loved mine with an automatic transmission in the sport trac, but they are kind of annoying with a manual transmission.
Did you have any problems with tire wear running two lockers?
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I have an aussie locker for the front axle for sale...
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Nothing needs to specify abs compatible. The lockers aren't doing anything when you're off the throttle and on the brakes.

I go through tires quickly anyway. I didn't notice any difference between a limited slip and a locker as far as tire wear. I drive hard anyway and rotate the tires every 3000 miles.
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i have an 06 with a Detroit Truetrac in the rear and a torsen in the front .. i kno they'er not full lockers but i can go anywhere the guys with full lockers can go in fact some of them still think i put lockers in cuz if i get a wheel in the air i tap the brake and they will lock up.... i have some install pics on here ,search (torsen lsd front diff install ) and have a look , you wont be disappointed if you go with the same setup
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i have an aussie in the front of my truck. I highly suggest you use a limited slip unit for the rear, as lockers get kind of frightening in smaller trucks and like to eat tires. i have a trac loc with 03-04 cobra carbon fiber clutches in it and an f-150 S spring and it does the job.
Would that carbon clutch kit work in a 28 spine carrier? Where could I get one?
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yes they will work in both 28 and 31 spline. I just installed them in my Fairmont 8.8 last weekend...got them from summit racing
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Cool I found that. The only thing that won't work is the spring
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