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Old 01-17-2008
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Thinkin bout an Auburn ECTED

I'm thinkin about getting an Auburn ECTED electric locker. Any good reviews on these? I dont want to spend the money on an ARB, but the ECTED looks pretty good.

http://www.auburngear.com/oemdifferentials/ected/
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spend the money and get the ARB. ARBs are top notch. Or just get a detroit and learn to drive with it.
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If you're not into air lines and compressors, which increase the cost, the ARB works great. I have one.

Main disadvantage: it requires you to modify the cross pin when using it with 4.56 and higher gears in a c-clip axle. Also, it's a clutch type limited slip when not locked and will eventually wear out.

I'm still considering one for the front axle though.

Mines been in about 2 years and it's still tight limited-slip wise, and the locking function still works.

Being an electrical guy, I like the electric control.

Also, make sure you follow the lube recommendations. The clutch packs don't like synthetic lube and the locker will slip on very high torque differential if you use synthetic. I had this problem and went back to conventional rear lube in mine.

Andrew is right about the ARB being time-tested though. Just make sure you do a really good job on the air lines and fittings. Most failures in the ARB are faiilure to lock and it's usually air related.

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If you're not into air lines and compressors, which increase the cost, the ARB works great. I have one.

Main disadvantage: it requires you to modify the cross pin when using it with 4.56 and higher gears in a c-clip axle. Also, it's a clutch type limited slip when not locked and will eventually wear out.

I'm still considering one for the front axle though.

Mines been in about 2 years and it's still tight limited-slip wise, and the locking function still works.

Being an electrical guy, I like the electric control.

Also, make sure you follow the lube recommendations. The clutch packs don't like synthetic lube and the locker will slip on very high torque differential if you use synthetic. I had this problem and went back to conventional rear lube in mine.

Andrew is right about the ARB being time-tested though. Just make sure you do a really good job on the air lines and fittings. Most failures in the ARB are faiilure to lock and it's usually air related.
Is the bolded portion right? Did you mean to say ECTED?
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Is the bolded portion right? Did you mean to say ECTED?
lol! Yes, I did, dang it -- but it's true either way ha ha!
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So Griggs, if I take care of it right and use the right lube, it'll work good and last me for a good while? Do you have a picture of where your switch is to lock it up?
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the guy that put my gears in couldnt get one. he said arb discontinued it
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Evan, the ECTED isn't truly a locker... when you turn it on to "locked" mode, it is basically a limited slip differential with REALLY high friction coefficients. The amount of friction is based on an electrical current that goes through the unit. John and Twoplusone both have them and seem to like them a lot. For your purposes though, I'd suggest saving your money and the cost to reset your gears and get a lunchbox locker for the rear differential and call it done.
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