Locked & locked?

Bklyn.X Oct 13, 2018

  1. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member Founding Member

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    I have an ARB Locker in my H233b and had one in the R200 before it shiat the bed. With the truck wired and plumbed plus a great deal I got from a friend I dropped one into the D44.

    Following the wiring instructions from ARB I have them wired so that SOLENOID 2 (front locker) can be actuated only if SOLENOID 1 (rear locker) is already on.

    They say this is done “for safety reasons” and I understand the safety concern.

    Just out of curiosity, do any of you have them wired independently?

    I’ve never had a situation arise when I thought “I wish I had rewired this thing…” and cannot think of when would one possibly need the front locker alone?

    I’m just wondering if I should rewire the system or just leave it be…

    Thanks.
     
  2. granitex

    granitex Skid Plates Founding Member

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    there are more times than you would think that it is great to have the rear open and the front locked. It can help the rear track more straight instead of crab walking into deep ruts. it also makes steering a lot easier, the rear wants to push you in a straight line,
     
  3. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member Founding Member

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    Thanks for your response...makes sense.
     
  4. lizardking

    lizardking Bought an X

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    I have mine independent. I think ARB has it that way to you don't accidentally lock on the front on the highway. I haven't used the front alone much but that mostly because I don't want to pop things on the IFS.
     
  5. Bklyn.X

    Bklyn.X Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member Founding Member

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    Yeah, that's why when the directions from ARB said do do it that way I followed them. Now that busting up my IFS is no longer a concern I was wondering if it was worth re-wiring so that they could be used independently. "granitex" post about the rear tracking straight makes perfect sense. It reminded me of a time at Rausch when the rear "crabed" off a boulder I was descending into a left hand turn and almost flipped the truck. I had to get the others with me to pull my winch line and hook it up as I sat teetering so I could could pull the front end down while I moved forward. If only the front was locked the rear would have followed, both wheels "falling" off the boulder at the same time rather than "crabing" the passenger side off first. Yikes!
    I re-wired it this past weekend.
     
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  6. granitex

    granitex Skid Plates Founding Member

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    More control is always better
     

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