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Old 08-20-2014, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For those who have installed an auto locker (spartan or lockrite), is it really this loud like on the video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwX-9_Puu0o

I bought one but not installed yet, and now I'm having second thoughts on installing mine as I use my Samurai 50% of the time on the road.
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The ratcheting clicking sound is normal during parking lot maneuvers. In this video it is pretty pronounced and some of the clicks are louder than the baseline clicking sound, almost an alarming bang, This would NOT be normal. I have used lock-rites in everything from F250s, Rangers, Toyotas and Samurai and the sound is about the same on all vehicles I have installed them on. I have one in my Samurai now for the rear (but with Toyota axles). It clicks some around corners and more on tight manuvers but the clicking is consistent and predictable, the video almost sounded like something was binding.

As far as lockers go they are durable, perform very well, inexpensive, easy to install without machine work and reliable. Also the installation is reversible just as easily. The only downside I'm aware of is they are not selectable and they click. I have an ARB in front and the lock-rite in the rear, I love it and would do it again until I feel like blowing 1200 for an ARB instead (not anytime soon). If your doing any significant off-roading and don't feel like paying for an ARB then I would install it, I really don't think you will be sorry. Simple, cheap, reliable, effective is a tough recipe to beat and clicking is a small price to pay IMHO. The first time I installed one was in my Ranger and the clicking was a little offputting for the first couple days but once I saw how obscenely capable it made an otherwise fairly stock rig I almost embraced the clicking.

All this being said I have never put one in a Samurai differential but I cant imagine it would be any different than any of the other several makes/models I have used them in.
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Thanks CaseyJ

I bought a Spartan auto locker a while ago but never installed it, and then I did an enquire on a Aussie Facebook group where I noticed everyone complained about the loud banging noise the Spartan makes compared to the Lock-Right which is much "quieter" if you can use that term with an auto locker.

Since the post I've found a buyer for my Spartan and I'm now going to import the Lock-Right. Meanwhile I need to source a dial torque wrench and dial indicator for the install
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I was always under the impression that the Spartan and Lock-Rite were comparable, I have always ended up with the Lock-Rite as the first one worked well and have never used any other brand of ratcheting locker, I do like to not mess with a good recipe but if my rig sounded like the one in the video I would be disappointed. I have learned to live with the clicking and it doesn't bother me one bit anymore. In fact it reminds me that I could probably drive straight up a tree if I so choose
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You know I always had that clicking sound and from time time it sounds like the Rear end was self destructing. I put the Lockright parts in two different samurais front and rear (same parts) and the clicking and occasional (couple times a day)grenade sounds were always there and the parts never showed any signs of wearing. I learned to consider them as music to my ears.
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And while my Chevy Silverado Factory Locker does not click, it engages with a bang that would make one believe bad things are happening, but its perfectly normal as well.
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