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I am looking to put an air locker in my front Dana 30 axle. What is everyone thoughts? Jeepers have told me don't bother it wont hold up, and your are wasting $1,500 dollars. Others say as long as I stay off rock crawling trails, beat it up it will take it. I know its not a 44 but I am looking for the ability that no amount of snow or sand will stop me.

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a lot of guys do it and they are fine.

SuffolkJK has a detroit and 35's on his d30 and wheels the piss out of his jk. There's obviously added risk but that's up to you to take it.

and whats with the oversized picture of your JK?

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Thanks for the advise, Don't know why the pic is oversized, I just uploaded as usual??
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Personally I would not spend the money to add a selectable locker in a D30. But I have 33s and an Aussie locker and popped a shaft at the u-joint ear. I have Chromemoly shafts in now. When I regear since I don't have the $ for a 44 I'm going 4.88s cryogenic treated for an extra $50 (adds 50%strength) and I'm putting in a Detroit Locker I picked up for $200. I'm going to hold off on 37-40" till I can get a 44 up front.
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Don't wast the money on an air locker for the 30..

Get yourself an Aussie for a few hundred like a few have stated. that way you will be locked up front for a fraction of the cost.

while the selectable is nice, whats the use of having a locker up front on the thirty of your not going to use it.. and if you are going to use it, then go with a Detroit or Aussie. and save 1000. you can put in the Aussie in the driveway !

I run an aussie up front in my 30 and an ARB in the rear 44

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i just reread your thread and realized you wanted an ARB.
yes that would be a waste i think. all said and done with the compressor, locker and labor; assuming youre having a shop do it, youre at 1/3 the cost of a prorock44.

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Thanks for the advise on the Aussie locker, if in the front, and you are making a hard corner does it lock, I had that problem with an old cj with a detroit front locker I built

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If you're in 2wd it will corner without locking up. It will click due to the ratchet action. Yes in 4wd it will be locked all the time. My D30,is locked up front with a Lokka, same as an Aussie. I think it's great. I run 33's.
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Look into spartan locker. Its like an aussie locker, only better. I had one in my 30, and I wheel it hard. I broke numerous axle shafts, and one ring gear/pinion/carrier.

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Eaton E on d30 in front (with artec truss) and Yukon Grizzly Detroit in back here......
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My 30 been running an ARB and 37" Iroks for at least 4-5 years now. No issues in it at all. I love the rocks too.

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Do you ever plan on running tires over 35"? If not I would suggest the ARB air locker in your D30, along with chromoly shafts, sleeves, and gussets.



This is our front axle insurance kit. It provides reinforcement that'll make you feel much more confident in your front Dana 30.

We also have an awesome deal going right now that gives you 10% back on any gift card purchase. That means buy a $1000 gift card, and we'll load it with $1100!



Feel free to give us a call. We have excellent pricing on ARB Air Lockers, and if you're in the area we install as well.

(866)900-8841

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Do you ever plan on running tires over 35"? If not I would suggest the ARB air locker in your D30, along with chromoly shafts, sleeves, and gussets.







This is our front axle insurance kit. It provides reinforcement that'll make you feel much more confident in your front Dana 30.



We also have an awesome deal going right now that gives you 10% back on any gift card purchase. That means buy a $1000 gift card, and we'll load it with $1100!







Feel free to give us a call. We have excellent pricing on ARB Air Lockers, and if you're in the area we install as well.



(866)900-8841



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This just sounds like bad advice and salesmanship. Spending lots of unneeded money.

D30 - chromoly shafts, sure.

ARB, no way. Aussie or Spartan is perfect. Low cost, easy install. Why spend all the money on an ARB when an auto locker will fit the bill perfectly, especially w 35's.

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I picked up a used Yukon Zip locker for pretty cheap and its held up great so far with stock shafts, U joints, and 5.13s.
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I have an Eaton E-locker in my 30. Couldn't be happier.

Holding up fine and works flawless.

Of course, I have outgrown most stupid throttle tricks, so that makes things easier.

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This just sounds like bad advice and salesmanship. Spending lots of unneeded money.

D30 - chromoly shafts, sure.

ARB, no way. Aussie or Spartan is perfect. Low cost, easy install. Why spend all the money on an ARB when an auto locker will fit the bill perfectly, especially w 35's.
i agree. sounds more like hes looking for a sale than to give advice. there are plenty of people running auto lockers in d30 on 35s with noissue, unless he really has.money to throw at the axle. i made the same mistake years ago throwing money at my d30. eventually just bought a prorock.

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A Detroit TrueTrac is an excellent alternative, too. I have them in both ends of my JK.
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