To ARB or not to ARB, that is the question.... - Suzuki Forums: Suzuki Forum Site
Suzuki Forum Suzuki Forums

» Auto Insurance
» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   Suzuki Forums: Suzuki Forum Site > Suzuki Models > Suzuki Jimny, Sierra & Samurai Forum
Register Home Forum Active Topics Photo Gallery Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowAuto LoansInsurance Advertise

Suzuki-Forums.com is the premier Suzuki All Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-25-2011, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Tacoma, WA
Posts: 1
Gallery: 0
boatycall is on a distinguished road
Default To ARB or not to ARB, that is the question....

Afternoon all,
My first post here on this site. I've been into wheeling Jeeps for decades. All my Jeeps have had ARB's, but my latest Jeep (JK) has the Eaton E-Lockers.
Last year, I got a Samurai last year because a Sammy can fit in my toyhauler - Jeep can't. I've done virtually everything to it myself that's in my sig, minus the motor swap, that was there when I got it.
Right now, my Sammy has Lockrites. I put them right after I got it. Since they're non-selectable, I find they lock when I don't want them to, especially on tight turns. Since I'm used to selectable lockers, I'm looking at changing to ARB's.
I'm running stock axles, with Birfield rings on the fronts (broke the rear once already) on brand new BFG 33's and beadlocks. Stock 3.73 axles gears, but 6:1 xfer gears. My crawl is fine, not looking to change the axle gears.

I do not want to do a Yota axle swap.

That being said, here's the questions I have....
I plan on upgrading to chromoly axles, who has the best and what is their warranty?
Will they hold up to 33's?
If I drop coin on ARB's (front and rear) for Sammy axles, will I be throwing money away?
What should I sell my axles for on Craigslist with the Lockrites and Birfield rings? (I'm not soliciting to sell here, just asking)

One option--I have found a set of 5 on 5 1/2 Dana 44's, but built building those up will be spendy (complete axle rebuild, brakes, re-gear, and still need the ARB's). Because I've dropped coin and time on beadlocks, I don't want to do a Toyota axle swap. Plus, when I go wheelin, some of the Dana 44 parts would be interchangeable with my Jeep buddies. No one in my club runs yota anything...
__________________
'88 Zuk - 1.6L EFI, 6" lift, 33x12.5x15 BFG MT KM2's, 32 Bolt Bead Locks, Birfield Rings, Lockrites, 6:1 Transfer Case, Mighty Kong, Calmini High Steer, Calmini Axle Armor, Front & Rear Smittybilt 8k Winches, Rocky Road 'Wheel Of Fortune' Tire Carrier w/HiLift, Dual Optima Red Top's, GM 100a alternator, Kicker 12" Solobaric, Fosgate 1000d, Alpine Deck, Kicker High's, HP 10" Tablet PC for GPS Nav, Bestop Soft Top
boatycall is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-26-2011, 01:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: El Paso, Texas
Posts: 1,862
Gallery: 2
Billjohn is on a distinguished road
Default

I run ARBs front and rear on the trail zook. I also run the Spidertrax RCV 26 spline chromoly axles up front. I am running 33's and I can beat the snot out of them and have not had an axle issue since the upgrade.

Lessons learned:
-Don't run the ARB compressor if you want to air up the tires, it will take forever. Go with a real compressor.
-Once the axles are finished, go with aftermarket driveshafts. You will save money in the long run. CV's are great because you can spin the pumpkins and forget about driveline vibes.
-Your stock axle shafts will only get you $25-$45 each on the 'bay, even with the rings. Most crawlers have found that the rings/cups only 'contain the blast' and don't really add much protection... been there, done that.
-A used auto locker will get you $100 if it is in great shape.

The Dana option is nice if you find the right ones. They are pretty much bulletproof in a Sammy for up to 37's. Late 70's Wagoneers have the pumpkins in the right place. But you are right, it's gonna cost ya.

Oh, and Welcome!
Good luck on the build!
__________________
Bill
in old El Paso...
[IMG]http://www.billjohn.com/images/zookbanner.jpg[/IMG]
Billjohn is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Suzuki Forums: Suzuki Forum Site > Suzuki Models > Suzuki Jimny, Sierra & Samurai Forum

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Suzuki Forums: Suzuki Forum Site forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:57 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.