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Air Lockers

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by big jimmy 91, Mar 22, 2004.

  1. big jimmy 91

    big jimmy 91 1/2 ton status

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    Doed anyone run a air locker set up in their rig?
    Are they worth the cost?
    I am considering them as part of my upgrades.
    Whats your opinion? /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
  2. willyswanter

    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I run an ARB in the front and it's the coolest thing I've ever seen
     
  3. big jimmy 91

    big jimmy 91 1/2 ton status

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    Is it a good idea to run them front and rear?
    Full lock-up for offroading and open diffs. for street use?
     
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    For me I will never run anything else in the front.It is sooo nice to be able to unlock it and be able to steer and then switch it on again when ya need it.

    For the rear I think a Detroit is the only way to go due to the fact that they are automatic and nearly indestructable. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif I could have put an ARB in the rear Dana 70 I just put in but I have never said to myself "I wish I could unlock my rear dif right now" but then again I dont have to deal with snow and ice either /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
  5. big jimmy 91

    big jimmy 91 1/2 ton status

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    Snow and ice covered roads are the main reason I got a 4X4
    (tired of getting stuck in my own yard with 2WD 1/2 ton)
    But a locked rear could be a real problem on streets and highways (back end tries to pass front ,round and round we go ) /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     
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    I'm running front (10-bolt) and rear (D60FF) ARB air lockers and I'm very happy with the setup; in fact, ARB availability was why I went with the D60 in the rear when I thought about going to a bigger axle from the stock 10-bolt.

    The ARB that's now in the front actually lived a happy life in the 10-bolt rear before. Was the best mod I made to the truck until I went with lockers in both axles.
     
  7. Steve_87K5

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    Same set up here....my ARBs have been in since'89. After about 150,000 mi I found one of the cap screws on the D60 diff carrier broken. Found it by accident when changing the diff oil. Might have been due to inadequate diff bearing preload combined with 15,000lb+ GCVW, and low range 2WD launches.
     
  8. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I'd agree 100%. ARB in the front 60 and Detroit in the rear 14B.
    I live in snow country (9,000 ft. +) and I don't have a problem with the Detroit in the snow but my truck is not a DD. Go for it, you'll be glad you did, just make sure you have the axles you want so you don't do it twice.
    When in doubt, go big....... /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     

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