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“Locker” in this instance doesn’t refer to the metal box used to hold school books and the occasional freshman. A locker for our purposes refers to a locking differential, which is handy to have when traveling over rough terrain. A locker “locks” the two sides of the axle together. In this way, the differential forces the wheels to turn at the same rate, regardless of which one has traction at the moment. When you are negotiating very rough terrain, a locking mechanism will make the difference between moving forward and just spinning. Lockers can be either automatic lockers, which lock themselves under certain conditions, or on-demand lockers, which are completely driver-controlled.

Xtremeterrain has a great selection of Lockers. There are several types of Jeep lockers available from a variety of manufacturers. Some lockers engage/disengage automatically, while others are operated by cables (Ox Locker), air pressure (ARB Lockers), or an electric switch (Eaton E-Locker). Here are just some of the Lockers Xtremeterrain.com offers:
ARB Air Lockers
Transform your highway-catered, stock Jeep lockers into off-road monsters at no expense to highway performance. Available in over 100 configurations, ARB Air Lockers use a 12-volt air compressor and a pneumatically operated locking system to produce 100% traction for the off-road enthusiast at the flick of a switch. This improved traction also allows for safer and more controlled driving on rugged terrain, preventing vehicle damage and lessening environmental impact.

OX Lockers
For extreme life reliability, OX Lockers are created to meet the needs of the most extreme of off-road enthusiasts. OX Jeep Lockers are made of forged and heat treated steel, and employ the innovative Four Spider Gear Design that makes this ultimate Jeep locker to ensure durability and maximum reliability. Add an aerospace quality cable and forged steel ramped differential cover, and OX Lockers are the toughest Jeep locker to be made in the USA.

Posi-Lok Lockers
Detroit Lockers
Protected parts are working parts. Whether you’re negotiating your Wrangler up an ascent full of jagged rocks, kicking up sand while hauling across the desert, or even just wary of foreign objects or rust-causing wetness on the open road, upgrading your differential covers or adding a guard to your Jeep axles can protect your vehicles vulnerable areas. Defend your Jeeps moving parts and fragile areas to keep those tight situations from becoming disastrous.

Powertrax Lockers
For traction output, strength, and durability, the POWERTRAX Locker provides performance on par with its more expensive, competing Jeep lockers that are sold only as complete case replacement assemblies. Easily installed into existing case assemblies, the POWERTRAX Locker is widely regarded a premium Jeep locker to be used in demanding off-road situations. For severe driving conditions or extreme off-roading, the POWERTRAX Locker will give you the traction you need.

Lock-Right Lockers
The Powertrax Lock-Right Locker is the original locking differential that could be easily installed in existing case assemblies without any special tools or setup equipment. It has been widely used in demanding off-road applications around the world requiring extreme traction output and high-strength.

Auburn Gear Lockers
From over the road daily driving to muddy trails and back roads, Auburn Gear’s high bias Pro Series and High Performance Series limited-slip differentials outperform standard OEM differentials hands down. They deliver more traction and faster engagement for controlled power transfer and lightning-fast reaction to changing load conditions. No matter what your application – the Auburn Gear limited-slip differential is engineered to provide smooth torque-sensing operation with bias ratios to meet your performance needs.

Eaton Lockers
Get 100% traction at your fingertips! The ELocker™ from Eaton is an electromagnetic locking differential that allows you to instantly change between open and locked differential action with just the push of a button! No need for an air compressor or any vulnerable air lines! With high strength forged gears, the self-contained unit requires no special lubrication additives and is virtually maintenance free. Compatible with nearly any vehicle’s electrical system.

and Dana Lockers

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A steering stabilizer, also referred to as a steering damper, works like a shock absorber for your steering system. That may sound odd, as your steering wheel ideally shouldn’t hit the ground. The parts of your jeep that do hit the ground, however, routinely send that impact throughout the vehicle. The shock absorbers attached to your wheels are useful for blunting the effect of rough pavement, but sometimes extra help is needed with larger potholes or smaller boulders. The steering stabilizer is meant to protect the steering column – and your wrists – from whatever you are putting your tires through.

A good steering stabilizer can be found for around $50, which is much cheaper than replacing your steering linkage. Depending on your health insurance, it should also be cheaper than fixing whatever damage is done to your wrists. Replacing the steering stabilizer should be an easy task for a competent mechanic. One piece of advice, though; if you don’t have a Pitman arm puller, it is worth renting one to remove the tapered bolt which is holding the old stabilizer in place.

XtremeTerrain has a great selection of Steering Stabilizers such as ORV, ProComp, Rancho, Rough Country, SkyJacker, TeraFlex, Trail Master, Tuff Country, and Warrior. If you plan to lift your Jeep soon, plan on upgrading your steering stabilizer as well. If you’ve already done the lift, it’s not too late, just less convenient. Getting the job done will make your Jeep easier to control and less likely to break again. What’s not to like?

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“Locker” in this instance doesn’t refer to the metal box used to hold school books and the occasional freshman. A locker for our purposes refers to a locking differential, which is handy to have when traveling over rough terrain. In order to explain why a locking differential is useful, we first need to establish what the differential is and why we need one.

Toy cars have a single piece of metal or plastic which serves as an axle between two tires. If the car is going in a straight line, this works well. When a car turns, though, the outer wheel wants to travel faster than the inner wheel. If your wheels are locked together during a turn, you will lose traction, wear out your tires and experience handling problems. This is annoying enough with a Tonka Truck; no one wants to do that in a real car at 60 mph with oncoming traffic. This is the reason cars have differentials. A differential is a gearbox on the axle which allows the wheels at either end of an axle to rotate at different speeds.

Most cars have open differentials, which work best when the tires have about the same amount of traction. When you turn the car, the traction on the inner wheel increases and the torque travels through the differential along the path of least resistance, which is the wheel with the least traction. This is helpful when going around a corner on pavement, as the outside tire, which has the least traction, is able to go faster. However, on unpaved roads, it can lead to one tire spinning madly in mud while the tires which have some traction are sitting still.

A locking differential, or locker, could take care of that problem. It “locks” the two sides of the axle together. In this way, the differential forces the wheels to turn at the same rate, regardless of which one has traction at the moment. When you are negotiating very rough terrain, a locking mechanism will make the difference between moving forward and just spinning.

Naturally, you won’t want to keep the differential locked, because then you’re back to driving a Tonka Truck. The whole point of a locker is that it gives you the ability to either lock the wheels together or leave them unlocked, as with an open differential. Lockers can be either automatic lockers, which lock themselves under certain conditions, or on-demand lockers which are completely driver-controlled.

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As I mentioned in a previous blog, XtremeTerrain has added some great resource technical articles for Jeep owners. One such article is on Sway Bar Quick Disconnects. Here is a brief excerpt of the article. To read the article in its entirety visit: Sway Bar Quick Disconnects.

“While driving any kind of car on pavement, a sway bar is a good thing. If your Wrangler needs to do a few cartwheels to get through an old rock slide, though, a sway bar just limits your options.”

“You could simply unhook the sway bars when you go off-road and reconnect them for the drive home, even though it is time consuming and creates more wear and tear on your suspension and your knuckles. Fortunately, several companies now offer quick disconnects for sway bars, which makes the transition more convenient.”

To see the full line of Sway Bars and Sway Bar Disconnects visit: Sway Bars and Sway Bar Disconnects

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First off I would like to thank everyone who participated in our Just for Fun and Freebies Promotion of your Jeep Picture submissions for the 10% off your next purchase from XtremeTerrain and the FREE XtremeTerrain Sticker, however, with all good things there has to come an end. And as of today, this promotion is no longer running.

We got a lot of really great pictures from you all that participated and it was fun seeing them and seeing where some of you ran your Jeeps. But have no fear, we have another promotion in the works so keep your eyes open! It should be coming soon!

Thanks again! And should you ever have an idea for a fun promotion you would like us to do, let us know. We are open to suggestions!

ALSO… While I have you here, if you have noticed, our Learning Center at XtremeTerrain has begun adding Technical Articles regarding various aspects of your Jeep. If you have suggestions for Technical articles, you would like to read, we would love to hear them.

To read our current technical articles about Jeeps visit the Learning Center at XtremeTerrain Technical Articles

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A steering stabilizer, also referred to as a steering damper, works like a shock absorber for your steering system.

The steering stabilizer is meant to protect the steering column – and your wrists – from whatever you are putting your tires through.

A good steering stabilizer can be found for around $50, which is much cheaper than replacing your steering linkage. Depending on your health insurance, it should also be cheaper than fixing whatever damage is done to your wrists. (Read Full Articles Here)

RS5000 Steering Stabilizer with 1987-06 Wrangler by Rancho
Your Price: $47.95
Description
Rancho steering stabilizers are designed to improve vehicle control by reducing steering shimmy and driver fatigue. Stabilizers enable you to help protect your front-end suspension components and reduce tire wear. Stabilizer is standard eyelet style (eye holes on both ends). Shock boot has factory cut slots at the bottom and black bushings are painted white by Rancho. Extended length is 19-3/4 and collapsed length is 12. Kit includes: 1 stud, 2 washers, 2 nuts, 1 cotter pin, 1 sleeve, 1 red boot and zip tie.

For more technical articles about Jeeps visit the Learning Center at XtremeTerrain Technical Articles

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Today’s Jeep suspensions are the result of 60 years of engineering and experience. In its stock form, a modern Jeep with an experienced driver is capable of some very cool maneuvers. Eventually, though, tire envy sets in and you find yourself dreaming of the rocks you could have conquered if you only had the right equipment. Fortunately, aftermarket suspension kits are available to fit any Jeep and nearly any set of priorities. One popular modification you could make is the addition of long-arm lift kits, which allow your vehicle to accommodate larger tires while offering a more comfortable ride for the live cargo. . (Read Full Articles Here)


Suspension Lift Kits

For more technical articles about Jeeps visit the Learning Center at XtremeTerrain Technical Articles

Every day we help Jeep Enthusiasts across the United States find the Jeep Parts and Accessories they need. With a selection of over 10,000 and climbing Jeep products, you are sure to find just the item you are looking for.
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