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Old December 15th, 2008, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default Why do you not see OX lockers more often?

I always liked the philosophy of an OX over an ARB.. just seems like it would be less maintenance.

Why do you not see them more often? Is it the price or are there other inherent problems with them IE weak? I know they seem to be quite a bit more expensive.
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Old December 15th, 2008, 02:43 PM   #2
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the arb is by far the more reliable solution if installed and plumbed correctly.

the problem with the ox lockers is that the cable adjustment is super sensitive and they came out of adjustment very easily when the suspension cycled.

there is a reason arb's have been around as long as they have and none of the other styles of selectable lockers have stayed.
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cables need adjusting quite often. cables rust up and seize easily in michigan.

i seen nothing but problems with the cables and alot of problems with them too.
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Old December 15th, 2008, 02:50 PM   #4
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I honestly figured it would be more that ARB pumps 10x the money into marketing
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I honestly figured it would be more that ARB pumps 10x the money into marketing
i would agree with that

cable are a poor excuse. good cables are cheap and do not rust. I'm not talking about B and M cables...
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Old December 15th, 2008, 03:01 PM   #6
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on the crawl winter run a few years ago the one Ox on the run had it's cable freeze and he couldn't lock his axle in.

Then again, my hub froze and I had to take it apart and put it back together to get it to lock in.
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the cable costs just as much as the ARB compressor, the lockers are comparable in price. I would opt for the ARB over the ox. The Ox cable must be readjusted everytime you remove the cover.
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Old December 15th, 2008, 07:26 PM   #8
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i asked a guy at a 4x4 shop in pheonix this question a few months ago. he told me a big reason none of those guys use is how hard it is to repair it on the trail. if you break a hose it is super easy to splice together compared to having to replace an entire cable. also you get onboard air when you do the airlockers.
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Old December 15th, 2008, 07:56 PM   #9
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What I don't understand is Jacob already has a OBA system
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What I don't understand is Jacob already has a OBA system
I'm dreaming anyway right now

We all know the YJ will never move again
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1.) Hard to get adjusted correctly. The cables can easiliy get wrecked.
2.) They are as expensive as ARB's.
3.) There customer services is quite possibly the sh!ttest ever.
4.) They suck.
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We all know the YJ will never move again
You have a YJ?!?!
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I will come over next week and tow you around in the yj

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3.) There customer services is quite possibly the sh!ttest ever.
thats the truth. its the number one reason i wont buy anthing from them.
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You have a YJ?!?!
In case you are serious... yes... I just seem to always tear it apart for long periods of time

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I think every time I've wheeled with someone with an OX, they've had it be finicky or not working at some point on the trip. Shame, seems like a good idea, but poor execution.
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The issue with the OX in my mind is the travel from disengaged to engaged is very short in the diff...it's like 5/8 of an inch at the most. Then you have 6-8 feet of cable and then again 5/8 of an inch of movement at the levers.

There is so little room for error it's ridiculous. Setting up an OX has tested my patience more than almost anything I have ever done. On the other hand ARB's are a pleasure to install.
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1.) Hard to get adjusted correctly. The cables can easiliy get wrecked.
2.) They are as expensive as ARB's.
3.) There customer services is quite possibly the sh!ttest ever.
4.) They suck.
thats how i feel too.

i have a strong dislike of ox lockers
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The issue with the OX in my mind is the travel from disengaged to engaged is very short in the diff...it's like 5/8 of an inch at the most. Then you have 6-8 feet of cable and then again 5/8 of an inch of movement at the levers..
That is no different than every automatic transmission ever made. Aparently OX decided to skimp out on the quality of cable though.
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That is no different than every automatic transmission ever made. Aparently OX decided to skimp out on the quality of cable though.
Have you ever seen/played with an OX cable? They are not crappy by any means. The problem is with the adjustability. In order to adjust the OX locker cable, you have to remove the diff cover, adjust, put back together. Then you have to also get the shifter in unison with that. It is really easy to get it working outside of the vehicle, but once you route the cable into the cab, it becomes a nightmare. The cable is threaded on both ends and you have twist the cabe to screw it into the shifter. Once you have done, you have to twist the diff cover around to get the right setting both ends.

A B&M shift has a simular cable, but easier to adjust, as you can see the throw fork on the side of the transmision. You can not see the OX fork and it is a touchy biatch.

If I was given a free OX locker for my truck, I would throw it in the trash.
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