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    Default New/old Locker...cool

    My fellow Chea...er, thrifty...brothers and sisters...LOL!
    I have been trying to put together a plan of attack on my rapid, post deployment/pre-PCS Scrambler build and I was shown a new (to me at least) version of a great locker.
    When I think of Air lockers I think first ARB, second...not in my budget!
    Well, I have a friend that is pretty smart with Jeeps that told me about a new "player"...sort of. I was told that ARBs patent ran out and Yukon Gear has picked up the All Amercan made standard and is running with it! They make their own version of an air operated selectable locker called the Zip Locker.
    Negetives...well, prob. any of the very few that ARB is known for.?. Airlines getting destroyed or maybe...Maybe, develop a bad seal..?
    Pros!?! Strong, very proven design that works when you want it to and disappears when not needed. Also, unlike its downunder competition..its cheaper! (Yea!)...
    As soon as I can find some axles that will work for my situation...I will likely give these a shot!
    No, I'm not affiliated with any of these companies or anything like that. Though, If both companies wish to say...send me some free samples...Ahem...LOL! JK

    oops...sorry mods if this doesn't go here.?. Please feel free to move it where it goes if need be?
    Seriously...I heard about this and wanted to pass it along. Anyone with more experience than me feel free to chime in!
    Cheers!
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    define cheap

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    Default prices depend I suppose...?

    I just quickly checked 4 wheelers supply and they show them between $629-$659.
    By Comparison, Detroits on the same site are 551-624 and ARBs are in the $800ish range...
    Ain't free but for a selectable locker I think this is a decent price...

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    Agree. It is cool to see another manufacturer enter the mix. Think Im still going to buy OX though.

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    Yeah cheap would be nice... pricing is the largest reason for me not even bothering to look at purchasing an ARB locker...

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    I've seen some discussion on this already.

    Here's one video:

    http://en.kendincos.net/video-nfnrjn...ip-locker.html

    (granted, the vid was made by ARB)


    Personally, I'll stick with Aussie's 'Lunchbox Lockers' or go with an OX for selectable locker.

    ARB's have to many components, and that = more to go wrong, IMO.


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    Default Competition is good...

    Yeah,
    I wasted some of my life reading the input on Pirate and I am amazed at how some folks are just so Anti-anything non-ARB... And what with videos being posted and product bashing...its a wonder any manufacturer is willing to put anything out into the market!?! And almost all of the negetive folks are putting info based on nothing more than their self inflated opinions and here-say.
    I am glad Yukon is making this. Is it less expensive than an ARB? sure. Is it less reliable or less quality...Who can honestly say? ARB has been around a very long time. They make a great product too...but who is to say, without running one themselves or allowing the years of trial and upgrade (Like ARB has had) weather the Zip locker will prove a quality unit or not until its been around a while? Someone is going to have to try 'em...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepdreamer View Post
    Yeah,
    I wasted some of my life reading the input on Pirate and I am amazed at how some folks are just so Anti-anything non-ARB... And what with videos being posted and product bashing...its a wonder any manufacturer is willing to put anything out into the market!?! And almost all of the negetive folks are putting info based on nothing more than their self inflated opinions and here-say.
    I am glad Yukon is making this. Is it less expensive than an ARB? sure. Is it less reliable or less quality...Who can honestly say? ARB has been around a very long time. They make a great product too...but who is to say, without running one themselves or allowing the years of trial and upgrade (Like ARB has had) weather the Zip locker will prove a quality unit or not until its been around a while? Someone is going to have to try 'em...
    Good points! I never go on Pirate, (got the vid from Google, had seen it before)

    But you're right, when the Aussie lockers first came out, guys said they were garbage, and they stole the design from Loc-Rite (I think?)

    I've had 3 Aussie lockers, and have never had a problem with them. They are similar to the other style locker, but much quieter and beefier.

    As far as ARB, I like thier bumpers, and some of the other stuff they have out, but I don't care for thier lockers.

    For me, it's just to many variables, to many moving parts, to many points where it can fail.

    It is nice to see a US made, less expensive version out there though!

    Good luck, and we're waiting on the install and long term write ups!!


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    Damn skippy! Get out there and give it a shot. I've had a fascination with OX lockers since I first saw them. A couple more levers, cable activated, and strong-as-hell diff covers appeal to me.

    I'm not bashing either company. I just don't care for electrical, and as I'm in a leaky CJ cables seem to make more sense to me than trying to water proof anything

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    it's cool that another player in the air locker biz. cheap too.. that's really cool..

    but I'm with a few others.. I don't care for air lines.. or compressors that are prone to failure when you need them.

    I'm with Korisu I think OX lockers are bad ass.. and when I have the funds that's what I'm getting.
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