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Hey! First time post. Which winch/locker combo would you all go with? Warn power plant with eaton e-lockers or ARB lockers with a regular winch/no air? The air will mostly be used for airing up tires. Just trying to weigh my options.
If it matters i have an 08 x with the 44 rear and 30 in front.

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I am gonna say Aussie auto locker for the D30 and if you have the money and a bumper that will fit it, Warn Power Plant. If not I do like the Superwinch brand and most any other Warn will be good as well.
 

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Well i was looking for a selectable locker with air option. E locker with power plant or ARB locker with air and some type of regular winch. Thanks though. I have read up on the aussie and for the money it seems like an excellent alternative. Easy install too. I just want it to be selectable. I guess another way to look at it is which would your prefer electric locker or ARB? Then i could decide on a winch.
 
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I have the Warn Power Plant and love it. It is a very powerful compressor. It'll air up my 35's from 12 psi to 33 in less than 2 minutes each. My old QuickAir II used to take about 5 minutes or more to air up 31's from 15 to 30. I think you would be very happy with it. I'm not sure what the ARB compressors are like these days. I had their small compressor and their lockers on my XJ. The compressor was nice as a backup for the tires but I definitely wouldn't consider it a good choice as your primary tool for airing up. Again, that was the small pump and they may have a larger one now.

I would definitely try to get selectable lockers, particularly if it's a daily driver. If you're open to the ARB lockers and the Warn Power Plant, you'd have a great setup with a backup pump in addition - but a pricey solution.
 

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I had'nt thought about one or the other being used as a back-up. Good point. So do you think the ARB would be as reliable as the e-locker?
 

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I had'nt thought about one or the other being used as a back-up. Good point. So do you think the ARB would be as reliable as the e-locker?
Good Read,...click any product on left side(menu) to see all Reviews. As far as the "Aussie Front Locker", I had various snow days(Pa) that I traveled 40/50mph in 4-HI with "NO" problem what so ever, it tracks awesome, & offroad, totally different jeep.
http://www.jeepreviews.com/jeep-parts-review/7/jeep-lockers/
 

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I'm not sure how much an ARB would cost installed, but its got to be a good chunk of change. One option that you haven't mentioned it getting the Mopar D44 Rubicon axle. It comes with an elocker, 4.1 gears and is stronger than your D30. All for $1480 plus freight. You can offset the cost by selling the D30.

I think that I also saw in JP magazine or something in the Jeep section at Barnes & Nobel an article where they got one of these axles from a vendor that would change out the gears for you before shipping. I can't recall who it was, but it was there. ;)

As for winch... I'm really fond of the Superwinch EP9 even though I just got a Smittybilt XCR8. The new XCR8 looks like its made by T-Max and has the same specs as their 9K winch. With the good reviews I'd read on Pirate and the price... well, it was a deal I couldn't pass on.
Air, take a look at a CO2 system (like Powertank or The Source) and keep a cheap Masterflow compressor as a backup. I've got the cheap compressor... now all I need is the Powertank LOL :laughing:
 

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I will look into this. I am going to call the shop where i get my stuff and see if they will put the 5.13's in for me. I will need the switch and wiring harness too. Is it pretty simple?
 

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I will look into this. I am going to call the shop where i get my stuff and see if they will put the 5.13's in for me. I will need the switch and wiring harness too. Is it pretty simple?
Don't go with the switch and harness. The harness is cool because it has the right fitting plugs, but put in the wiring and switch outside of the system. Then you'll be able to turn it on when you want. I am also seeing some folks having computer issues when they try to flash the system after the install.
 
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