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Unread 01-28-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Default Which axle to lock...

I am going to buy ARB locker setup for front and rear axle. I was going to do one axle at a time (unless you guys think that doing both at the same time will save me money.)

I was going to start with the rear...?? Is that what you would do?? Also, do most shops give discounts if I did front and rear axle together?
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Unread 01-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #2
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both if you can afford it, otherwise rear first.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 07:19 PM   #3
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Yes do the rear first.

Most shops may give some discount to do both at the same time, saves them time with the airlines and switches, but not much on the axles.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 07:27 PM   #4
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Is the front even worth doing??...it seems the more I read the more I find people saying..."don't lock the front unless you are stuck" etc....if it is only used in those instances, a friend and a snatch-strap seems like the better investment.


Thanks for the advice!
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Yes the front is worth it, but mostly only if you plan to go play in bigger rocks.
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Yes the front is worth it, but mostly only if you plan to go play in bigger rocks.
No rocks....snow, ice and mud.
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lock the rear and use it. then decide if you need the front
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Yes the front is worth it, but mostly only if you plan to go play in bigger rocks.
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to the point...

fully locked is, of course, the ultimate way to be
but that doesn't render the front useless
it's all about where you wheel...

for me, I get alot of use out of my ARB up front (...LSD rear)
but all the trails I'm on are rocky "three-wheeling" terrain where one
tire is often off the ground ...being IFS it is usually the front
...So it works as it's intended to keeps me going/climbing forward

general rule of thumb ...as already well stated, if only doing one, ...do the rear
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No rocks....snow, ice and mud.
Probably just the rear, the front is really only used for rock crawling big technical stuff.
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No rocks....snow, ice and mud.
As the others have said, simply skip the front then. Only in a few outlying cases will the front locker help you in snow/ice/mud, but it can also hurt you as you will loose steering with the front locked.

As a side note, if you are off camber on a slippery surface and you lock an axle it will tend to crab downhill pretty quick. Especially bad in snow/ice. ATRAC will actually be more useful.

Bottomline is that the rear locked with ATRAC still working on the front is very useful in the majority of trail conditions, only when you hit big boulders or extreme climbs will a front locker be a big difference maker.
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