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Anyone using an Ox Locker

Trying to decide between the Ox and the ARB for the rear. Leaning toward the Ox because I'm insane and like the little aluminum shifter and the diff cover (at least I'm honest )

Can anyone talk me out of it?
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You can't beat Ox IMO, I've run them on my TJ & CJ and never had an issue! Call them to make sure they have the cases that will fit our 7/16" ring gear bolts. The Ox cases are so hard that it's almost impossible to drill them out so they are having them made specifically for JKs. Last I talked to them, they should have them ready by April or May.

On my YJ, I had nothing but problems with my ARB... and the guys that I run with today always seem to be having issues(well, at least once a year or more). When the ARB works good, it's great, plus you gotta love the swish sound when you shut them off!!!

Plus... OX is American made!!!

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On a side note, River Raider made a great looking bracket for the Ox shifter... they said they'd make more if there is interest!

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Thanks

You mean Ox isn't making them for the JK yet? They have them listed on their website (of course these days that doesn't mean anything). I'm going to give them a call on Monday and find out.
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hey Prope. Any recommendation for the cable length on a 4dr?
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I'd vote for the OX also. ARBs are complicated because of the air lines and if the air line leaks at all the compressor runs every few seconds or all the time which will cause failure because the compressors aren't rated for continues use. Plus you have to find a place high up to mount the compressor so it stays dry...etc. In a real world condition the OX is the way to go because if the cable breaks you can crawl under the Jeep and manually lock it with zip ties or bailing wire. You'd be hard pressed to make something to apply air pressure to the nipple on your dif to lock an ARB.
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When I finally lock this beast up - it will be an OX. Im all about no air or electricity being involved. Keep it simple!



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Leaning toward the Ox because I'm insane and like the little aluminum shifter and the diff cover (at least I'm honest )
I have ARB's, but i know what you mean. Im the same kinda knuckle head. Those little shifters are cool.

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When I finally lock this beast up - it will be an OX. Im all about no air or electricity being involved. Keep it simple!
just keep the cable away from the exhaust the cable melt and no worky worky



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hey Prope. Any recommendation for the cable length on a 4dr?
I forget what they told me... give Chip a call, he is a great guy and will help you out with whatever you need!

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You mean Ox isn't making them for the JK yet? They have them listed on their website (of course these days that doesn't mean anything). I'm going to give them a call on Monday and find out.
They had a bunch made and sold out as quick as they had them... they are working on another batch or it might even be done by now!

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I forget what they told me... give Chip a call, he is a great guy and will help you out with whatever you need!
Who is Chip with? Ox USA?
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yep... he's the guy you want to talk to!

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yep... he's the guy you want to talk to!
Thanks for everything! I'll be calling him tomorrow. Crossing my fingers they have the next batch ready to go, because I'm ready to lock!
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Nice N2lock!!!

Mechanical vs air was my question the other day... I see very little down side to the mechanical lockers (just don't melt the cable...) Keep track of everything that you need cause I am next... just don't have the jack yet.
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Well I talked to Chip yesterday. He had no idea what length cable to use for a 4dr, and he told me to talk to Kenny at River Raider. Called Kenny, but of course he put it in a 2dr, so he wasn't sure of the length for a 4dr.

So I guess I'm going to have to do it the hard way and take measurements myself (and hope I get it right).
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Well I talked to Chip yesterday. He had no idea what length cable to use for a 4dr, and he told me to talk to Kenny at River Raider. Called Kenny, but of course he put it in a 2dr, so he wasn't sure of the length for a 4dr.

So I guess I'm going to have to do it the hard way and take measurements myself (and hope I get it right).

Yup.... get it right! and take good notes!!!

Cause you know who is next!
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Just measure your wheelbase, then measure a 2 door's wheelbase and have him add the difference!! Simple.

Have fun with them, I'm hoping to get OX lockers in my rig someday when funds open up.

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Well I talked to Chip yesterday. He had no idea what length cable to use for a 4dr, and he told me to talk to Kenny at River Raider. Called Kenny, but of course he put it in a 2dr, so he wasn't sure of the length for a 4dr.

So I guess I'm going to have to do it the hard way and take measurements myself (and hope I get it right).
I'll talk to a couple guys and see if I can figure it out for you!

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Just measure your wheelbase, then measure a 2 door's wheelbase and have him add the difference!! Simple.

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Yeah, it would be that simple. But Kenny doesn't remember what length he used in his 2dr. He thinks it was 8ft, but wasn't positive.
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Ohhhh, yeah, that'll make it a bit trickier. Guess a measuring tape is coming out for sure then. When you get it in let us all know how long of a cable works. I'd like to know for my 2 door in the future.

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When you get it in let us all know how long of a cable works.
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