View Full Version : Best Locker Types

05-06-2006, 02:33 PM
What's the best way to go for a rear locker, Detroit or ARB?

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05-06-2006, 03:56 PM
if i had the money i would go with arb, front and rear

crazy j
05-06-2006, 04:28 PM
toyota electric locker!

05-06-2006, 04:49 PM
Detroit they are bullet proof

I don't like ARBs I have seen way to many problems with them.

05-06-2006, 05:13 PM

Ask Kev how much he likes his ARB's

They're great when they work, but when you get a leaky airline or o-ring then they don't work at all and leave you stranded. And with our terrain with all the muddy trails etc they always seem to have problems. Might be worth running if you're down south in the dry slickrock.

Detroit Always works.

05-06-2006, 05:27 PM
welded always works too, and it leaves money left over for beer [31][31][31][31]

05-06-2006, 05:34 PM
[stupid] If I had the $$$ I'd go for a couple detroits, but I don't so I welded both diffs[36][36]

G-rizzle Swank
05-06-2006, 05:40 PM
i have a detroit in the rear of mine and it works mint, does not make a sound on road and only time i notice it is when i start off from a traffic light and you can hear it lock up or when ive got the wheel cranked trying to park or something, seems to be locked up all the time off road because of the torque from being in 4wd, definetly go detroit

05-07-2006, 10:03 AM
Thanks for the info. I was thinking Detroit too but wan't sure.

05-07-2006, 10:27 AM
Toyota electric locker? Never heard of that. Is it good?

05-07-2006, 12:07 PM
ARBs front and rear, unlockable so better on greasy side slopes and on icy road conditions. I myself have seen no failures of an ARB due to mechanical breakage, most are due to improper install or crap left in housing at time of install. On a bogger truck i would go with a spool over the Detroit (way cheaper ) but cannot say anything bad about them.

05-07-2006, 01:23 PM
Toyota electric locker? Never heard of that. Is it good?

Toyota e-lockers are very good. Similar to an ARB except an electric motor engages them instead of air. Much more reliable IMO. Haven't heard of anyone who has had a problem with them.

You can buy them new from toyota for $1100+ (includes 3rd & factory gears - 4.10 4.56 and I think 4.88 is an option too). Or look for a used deal -- they came from the factory in some tacoma's with the TRD offroad package as well as some of the cruizers

05-07-2006, 01:38 PM
what he said.

05-07-2006, 02:08 PM
you can only buy them from toyota up too 4.56, I've got one and love it..

05-07-2006, 11:30 PM
They come in all limited 4Runner from '96-'02. They typically have the 4.30 gear ratio, unless you can find one which comes out of a 5spd 4Runner. Then it is a 4.10, or a 4.56 if it is a 4cyl (2.7L) with an elocker. They are out there but very rare.
Pro Truck and Van in abbotsford usually has a couple kicking around, I've bought two from them. They run about $600 over there I think, but then they'll allow you to go hunt for the wiring harness from the diff to the body and grab the toy elock dash switch.
When you buy from the dealer you have to buy those parts seperately and they are not shy with the price for 2 ft of harnass wire.