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Looking for the pro's and cons of the Eaton E Locker?? I had my mind set on an ARB air locker (for the front of a GU 4.2 TD6) but then read an acticle on the E locker and after further investigations, It's slightly cheaper than the air locker (without considering the air compressor $'s ) but I want to know, how do they compare vs the ARB or TJM air?? because you get what you pay for.......
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Personally, I'd go the E-Locker, especially if putting it in the front. I've had the ARB in the front and as it doesn't get used as much, and when on the road not at all, the seals tend to dry out and you get air leaks. An electromagnetic system won't be prone to this and will be much easier to install to boot, no air line, compressors etc. If the E-Locker is cheaper, it's probably because you're not paying the ARB tax. And there's no reason for it to be any weaker than the ARB, Eaton have been making great lockers for a long time.

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How much do they sell for?
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The prices i have are the ARB $1700 - 1800 plus the compressor and fitting total of about $2300 - $2500.
The e locker is $1600 + fitting, At opposite lock and if ordered before the end of may $350 worth of recovery gear as well. (as read in the latest 4wd Action mag.) Pity i have a full recovery kit.
So you save a few bucks, which i don't mind as long as the gear is there when i want it, that's the most important thing as a recovery will cost you more than the difference, so i want to do it right the first time.
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I would go:
ARB - been round for ever and more than 90% of comp trucks use them so they can't be that bad
TJM - I dont know much about them
E-Locker - not proven yet.



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Truckster: do you think that ARB's history (the only game in town for some time) and sponsorship cash have anything to do with why most comp trucks have ARB lockers?

That was an honest question, BTW, not trying to give you a hard time.
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ARB have been around for a long time, but that doesn't mean that other products can't be good as well. And, as questioned, sponsorship goes a long way in product placement. The Eaton may not have had much visibility in Australia, but it's been around for a while in the US. After having an air operated system, I'd go electric any day, then again, what do I know.

I mentioned quite some time ago that I'd e-mailed ARB asking why they continued to use the air system in their lockers and hadn't considered an electric system. They responded that the original designer had tested out various options and found air to be the best. Only when news of the Eaton came out, did I realise that the electromagntic system had already been patented and ARB had no choice.

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Id hazard a guess to Eaton being around longer than ARB anyway.
They are a top quality unit and are used on most yanky big HP trucks.
Alot of these guys are running 600+Hp diesels and petrols in the off road trucks.

They also have far fewer components inside that can stuff up.
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x2 what Ray says. I went for the Harrop-Eaton and haven't had any problems. Cheers Mike
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apparantly ironman will be selling eaton lockers rebadged as ironman soon
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Yeah i had an E locker fitted to the front of my old GU wagon. it was great, no noise, no leaks and instant engage / disengage. Harrop / Eaton have been around forever in the states as stated in an above post.

ARB air lockers are a proven product but have there small issues sometimes. Not a big deal.

TJM pro lockers don't have as many possible small issues to go wrong and are insanely strong trust me!! (Cost a little more)

And OMG Ironman loooooooooooooooooooool

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Has anyone had any glory buying E locker from the States?
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apparantly ironman will be selling eaton lockers rebadged as ironman soon
Not exactly.
They will be selling Thailand copied Eaton lockers, which are re badged so they dont get in strife over copyright stuff (most people should see the lawsuit results over the next few months)

Im not to sure how ARB lockers are proven though.
Proven to me with people coming in day in day out with leaks, broken air lines, faulty compressors, busted manifold seals internally etc...
Probably more than anything though USELESS INSTALLERS! leaving bearing caps loose, not setting the backlash right etc...

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All,
BOYS (and Girls) IT'S LOCKER TIME FOR THE GU!!!!!!
Looking for the pro's and cons of the Eaton E Locker?? I had my mind set on an ARB air locker (for the front of a GU 4.2 TD6) but then read an acticle on the E locker and after further investigations, It's slightly cheaper than the air locker (without considering the air compressor $'s ) but I want to know, how do they compare vs the ARB or TJM air?? because you get what you pay for.......
Any comments are welcome?
Did you get the locker Blue?

If so what price did it end up, and is it a Thai copy or genuine?
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Can these be ordered out of the states or are they madeby Eaton to Harrops specs to fit the local models?
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Can these be ordered out of the states or are they madeby Eaton to Harrops specs to fit the local models?
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I had one installed for about $1900 roughly & its been excellent so if i lock the back end it will also be an E-Locker.

My ute ran ARB locks for 5 years & the only issue it had was 3 compressor failures the locks were perfect........... sadly now someone else is enjoying it though...
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Hey towie what type of switches do they use ? Got any pics ?
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Hey towie what type of switches do they use ? Got any pics ?
The same **** Carling Contura Switches that ARB use, except with a red light.
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diesel tuner your right with the installation causes alot of the problems with an arb air locker, but when i was at tuff trucks this year i stuck my head in alot of trucks and 95% of them were running arb air lockers. not because they were given them or they got them cheap cause they work good.

i paid $2125 for mine installed with the tyre inflation kit. i looked at it on the point of i will also have a truck mounted air compressor to do the tyres

personall i looked at that option and i went the arb cause it's tried and tested and has a compressor aswell.
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