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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Keep Rubi lockers?

After a long vacation, I am back.


I suffered a broken transfer case a while back and sort of shelved my 2004 Rubicon in disgust. After a bit of dirt biking to forget those woes, I am back....


I have my tax return and I am ready to make another investment in my Rubicon. I am going to regear, and want to know everyone's consensus on the rubi lockers. Keep em, or ditch them. The cheapest I can find the ARB traction pack RD177/117kit2 is for 1900 bucks. I am sort of on the fence on this. I know the stock lockers can have issues and installing ARB's now will negate "re doing it" later. But, the ARB will more than double my install price.


What to do......
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 06:57 PM
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If it were me, I would get another t-case and use the stock lockers until they failed, then I would replace them with Eaton electric lockers. I have several friends that have the air driven ARB's and they are always failing when they need them the most.


This is my opinion only. YMMV.

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Yeah, ive already replaced my cracked transfer case. Next up is another regear...... My biggest fear is breaking something in the rear locker and shelling out more cash. On the net, you see everything from the Rubi lockers are junk to mine have held up to 37's.


Honestly, i would rather hold onto the cash. Researching, i cant buy parts for a rubicon locker. Or, am i wrong???
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I would also run the stock lockers until you have a problem with them before taking them out. Who knows, you may end up never having to change out the stock lockers. There are 3-4 members in my local small Jeep club that are still running their original lockers, with no issues. And we've run the Rubicon numerous times. I think it really depends on how each individual wheels, that determines how long the stock lockers will last.
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Replace them and send them to me for spares Label which one is the front and rear.
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....... Researching, i cant buy parts for a rubicon locker. Or, am i wrong???
I thought somebody here said you can get some parts for them?

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the factory rear locker is (IMO) a crap shoot. Many have had them run for years without issue. Others have had them go ka-boom in a wal-mart parking lot. If it were me and i had the funds, i would install a new rear locker.

FWIW, i am running a e-locker and so far so good. I really don't miss having the LSD function of the stocker.
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Ive never had issues with them, but I am easy on things. Except transfer cases I guess....


Going to 5.38's and 35's has me doubting the rear. My fear is shelling out 2200 and grenading the rear. The wife gives lets me spend one chunk of cash a year to put towards my hobbies.
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If you are going to regear, that would be the time to replace the lockers. Don't forget, you can still sell the ones you have for $3-400 each.
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There were some parts like the actuator available for them. You can check Spicer's website and see if they still have parts.

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