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Old 08-21-2006, 08:44 AM   #1
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Aussie Locker Experience

I'm in the process of installing 4.56's and Aussie Lockers into my '96 Bronco (Dana 44 TTB front, 8.8" rear). I just finished the rear install this weekend and since this is my first experience with a locker of any sort (as opposed to various forms of limited slip units), I wanted to ask to see if what I'm experiencing is normal... The first thing that concerned me about the install was regarding the tolerances I measured.

For those who may not know, there are two measurements you need to get when installing an Aussie Locker to assure it's installed properly. The first is the distance between the cross pin and the spacers of the locker. The second measurement is the space between the inner hubs of the locker. In both of my cases, the distances were at the very tight end of the tolerance range. I tested it prior to driving and things seemed fine so I buttoned it up.

Now regarding acceleration, I can definitely hear the inside tire scrubbing as if it's functioning like a spool....as it should. When off power and turning tightly, I didn't hear the occasional loud *POP* that I was told I would. Instead I hear a rapid succession of clicks coming from the rear end. They're rather faint, too. In fact, with the radio on, I don't even hear it.

There has been one or two instances where I've heard a click or small pop from the rear end other than in tight turns. The manual for the locker said this may happen, but as long as the specs/tolerances were good during the install that it shouldn't be a problem. I'm hoping this is the case with mine.

Drivability doesn't really seem affected much. Accelerating out of a turn is a little "different", but not bad. Overall, I'm pleased with it, but would appreciate it if some of y'all who are running Aussies (or other drop-in lockers) would chime in with your experiences. I just want to make sure what I'm experiencing is normal before I tear apart the front end in a week or so.

Oh, and yes, I know now to use 4WD until I get the front gears swapped.

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Thanks, kling-on... Yeah, I've got a 302 valve spring that hopefully will work.

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