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Old January 10th, 2008, 11:29 AM   #1
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I finsihed up my aussie locker install into my front axle last weekend. It was pretty easy to install, I had to completely tear down my front axle but it went smoothly. I did think that the instructions sucked though.

I took it for a drive and so far am very impressed with it. First I just drove it on the street with the hubs locked in to see how much noise it makes when it isn’t in 4wd. Well it makes no noise! I cant hear it clicking at all unless I do a tight circle with the window rolled down and my head out the window. Even then I can just barely hear it.

As far as four high I drove at a fairly high speed on some unplowed portions of a parking lot and played with the gas to try and get the front to kick out. It gets a little squirrelly but nothing uncontrollable. I will be interested to see what it is like on the street in the next snow storm.

Next thing I did is went to some deeper snow and put it in 4 low. As far as steering I can turn pretty much as tight as I could before. Only difference is the steering wheel wants to return to center. But I was very surprised with how little it effected the steering, and of course the traction was amazing, even more so with my rear ox locker engaged too.

So far I would highly recommend an aussie for a front locker, I cant wait to try it out offroad at sno blind!

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Old January 10th, 2008, 01:03 PM   #2
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Good info. I've been wondering about the steering in snow.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 02:03 PM   #3
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But I was very surprised with how little it effected the steering, and of course the traction was amazing, even more so with my ox locked. :

Call me retarded but I don't think anyone locker will give you more traction than another...I mean how does one lock "more" than the other? locked is locked...
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Old January 10th, 2008, 02:51 PM   #4
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??? I have an ox locker in the rear and now an aussie in the front. I was just saying that with just the front axle locked I had amazing traction and even more impressive with my rear axle locked too. Sorry I guess I should have said that, im used to having a signature under my posts on other forums and it has the specs on my jeep in it.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 02:55 PM   #5
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there, I edited my original post so it doesnt confuse any one else.
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I am planning on installing an aussie in my xj. glad to hear there is no real effect on the steering
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Old January 10th, 2008, 10:58 PM   #7
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I got a D30 Aussie for christmas
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Old January 11th, 2008, 07:14 AM   #9
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Got mine for christmas too!
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Old January 11th, 2008, 07:31 PM   #10
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I was thinking of one! I heard they are better then the lockrite, sounds like it's true!
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Old January 11th, 2008, 08:54 PM   #11
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I run an Aussie in my front 44 with no issues. I'm running 36's.

When I used to drive on the road I also had one in my D30. In 4wd the front end would pull the Jeep to each edge of the lane depending on snow/slush. I typically drove in 2wd unless the snow was deep or I was going slow.
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I have an Aussie in the front of my Xj, I love it. As soon as I get my ford 8.8 in the rear one will be going in there.
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im Runnin an Aussie in my front 30 on 36's with no issues. I love it and it works flawlesly everytime.
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I just got mine installed and tested. On my XJ D30. Well it made a very noticable diffrence when I was off roading. I can do more now. I did loose a little bit of steering when in 4wd. In 2wd i dont notice it at all except an occasional pop. It sucks that I have a '94. My 8.25 rear is the 27 spline. Aussie only makes a locker for the 29 spline. It will be intresting to see how it does in the snow. In short if you are on the fence about getting one, get it! I think it is worth it.
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been running mine for 3 years with no issues, I would nt hesitate to buy one again
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I have had mine in for almost a year now. Still love it. I have four wheeled it at snoblind and on drummond island. It didn't hinder me much at all offroad in the snow, and I was able to walk up hills that I had to blast up the year before. On drummond I noticed its a little harder to steer when im on rocks. I have a twin stick transfercase so I like to unlock the front axle when I don't need it to take some stress off the steering and axles. I never had any traction problems. Also I drove it on the street last year in the snow while in 4wd. It is definitly more squirrly then before and I can't go very fast. Not uncontrollable though, and it steers just fine if you let off the gas. I originally planned to only use the aussie for temporary and eventually get an ox like I have in the back. So far though i see no reason to spend the extra money. the aussie does everthing I want it to do.
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Interested to see how it does in normal driving conditions in the winter. How is the handling on road in the slush?
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Thanks for the good read guys! I have been eying this product up for some time now. I was hesitant to say the least about installing one in the Dana 35 I have in the front of my Explorer. Think I'm gonna worry about my rear first... or maybe I'll just do both ends at once. I do like the idea of being able to reinstall spiders if something should fail and not having to leave it on blocks while the manufacturer "inspects" it for warranty consideration.
Also.... buying two Aussie's is less than buying one detroit locker for the rear.
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Call me retarded but I don't think anyone locker will give you more traction than another...I mean how does one lock "more" than the other? locked is locked...
It doesn't give you more traction, it just makes it more lockeder.
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