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Old 07-16-2011, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have got a detroit ez locker in the rear axle of my samurai that clanks every once in a while. I have 4.57 yukon gears in it and I would like to keep my gears but get rid of the locker. Can I easily take the locker out and put a spool in?
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, When you take the EZ locker out the mini spool will replace it.
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Easy to replace the locker with a spool, but won't the gear lash have to be adjusted?
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Once you pull the 3rd member out count the number of turns on the adjustment, then install the spool and put the adjustment back the same amount of turns and your good to go.
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Ok, yes, it is an easy swap.
But are you looking to make a trail-only vehicle?
The EZ locker may have a few quirks (like an occasional popping), but it is still streetable. The spool will be maintenance free and great for the trail, but if you didn't like the popping on the street, the spool won't get you less attention when trying to turn a corner. Make sure you use a turn signal because the cops will be watching you closely as you squeal around each turn.
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Default E-Z Locker or Lock-Rite?

Which do you prefer?

I intend on installing on front diff so not to be in use unless we are off-road and have the hubs engaged. The "popping" will for sure remind me to disengage the hubs

No real rock climbing, just snow in the winter and the beach otherwise.

The only time I have been stuck was a freeking cross-pile of snow at an intersection the grader left. If the front wheels were locked probably could have climbed thru it

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Which do you prefer?

I intend on installing on front diff so not to be in use unless we are off-road and have the hubs engaged. The "popping" will for sure remind me to disengage the hubs

No real rock climbing, just snow in the winter and the beach otherwise.

The only time I have been stuck was a freeking cross-pile of snow at an intersection the grader left. If the front wheels were locked probably could have climbed thru it

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Both automatic lockers are almost identical (almost) but they are pretty much equal in reaction and strength. I started with my first (lockright) locker in the front axle. It was for the same reason you mentioned. Just remember to lock the hubs BEFORE heading into the slush and mud.
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Can I take the 3rd member from the rear that has the locker in it and put the whole 3rd member in the front axle or is it different?
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Can I take the 3rd member from the rear that has the locker in it and put the whole 3rd member in the front axle or is it different?
Yes, but with a qualifier... see *26 spline front axle upgrade.

The axle shafts are different sizes. 22 spline in front and 26 spline in the rear.
The early sammy's had identical front and rear differentials with the only difference being the sidegears that the shafts slide into, so you could swap diff carriers with only a sidegear swap.
Changing stock sidegears
In the later years the front differential changed to a weaker (known as 2 pin) carrier. I would not suggest putting a 2 pin carrier in the rear although it would be physically possible.
*You can now purchase stronger replacement front axles that are built with 26 splines that will allow you to swap back and forth (front to rear and back) without changing gears.
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From what I read I need this model in 87 Sammy, front diff. Shopping I see sets on Ebay with 2 plates, some washers and pins, but on Amazon there is an extra middle casting? all a little over 200 bucks

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