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Rear End Lockers

I am wanting to put a rear end locker in my truck, but i pull a boat with my truck also. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to put in it?
Also, will it hurt my gas mileage, and if so, how much?
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Search there are a bunch of threads on lockers!!!!
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i have a factory limited slip(origanally i had an open diff) and it works awsome on and off road. and even up STEEP concrete walls with alge slim at the bottom
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I love my Auburn ECTED -- best of both worlds: it's a limited slip until I engage it, then it's a locker.
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ok so i have searched lockers on this site a lil...but does anyone have a locker that they would recommend? for street and off road?
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Yes, the one I just mentioned, lol -- my offroad truck is my daily driver.
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Information about the truck can also help us answer questions, but i would suggest a powertrax lock-right or no-slip depending on what rear end you have. They are simple to install in a couple hours with hand tools and relatively inexpensive. The no-slip would be the preferred as it is smoother than the lock-right.
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I don't like automatic lockers because of handling peculiarities under power. But some learn to deal with it. I much prefer a selectable one for the rear since mine is a daily driver.

My truck is more sensitive to such things though since I don't use sway bars -- any "non-linearities" in the handling get amplified rapidly.
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ok so info on the truck...
99 3.0 2wd ranger
i am guessing 8.8 31 spline (just a guess don't know how to tell)
and i also don't know what gears (again don't know how to tell)
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Here's a link to check what rear end you have....
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/Axles.html

You might just have a 7.5". Easiest, DIY route might be to find a 8.8 with factory Limited Slip at a junkyard.
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if you have a 7.5 i have a locker forsale in the members classifieds.
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A selectable is the way to go, but they are expensive. I didn't want to pay for one so I bought a lockrite and love it. Also no swaybars. A lil clicking or tire chirping isn't going to hurt anyone.
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i believe that i have a 7.5
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I have a Powertrax no-slip and would buy it again.

I have a 4.OL 4x4 with a 8.8 28 spline axle and the powertrax no-slip and think itís the best for the money. I will admit that if I had the money I would have gotten an Arb air locker for the ability to leave it completely open on the highway & have an air compressor. Towing with it will be no problem, probably even better on a boat ramp(watch the video on the powertrax website), I havenít towed with mine but it will plant all the power if your tires will take it. I cant say about mileage loss because I put bigger tires on at the same time so I did loose 1-2 mpg, but went over an inch bigger on tire as well. The powertrax is very streetable, I drive it everyday, it does click (I donít notice it unless I listen of it) on turns and will squeal one tire if you are floored when it locks. You will notice its performance more off road, I have to use 4wd a lot less in sand. I much prefer it over the stock limited slip, which never completely stops spinning one tire.
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