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Old 02-15-2013, 09:27 AM   #1
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Lockouts for Jeep Wranglers?

We bought a 2013 Rubicon and I am thinking about installing front lockouts to reduce the amount of wear on the front diff and to possibly make it a little easier to tow. My 92 highly modified YJ had lockouts and I liked them.

Has anyone that tows a 12 or 13 Wrangler installed lockouts?
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I guess I didn't realize anybody even made a kit for JKs.

I'm off to do some research.
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I think they are available but I haven't really checked. I wonder if the change would affect the warranty?
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:30 AM   #4
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We bought a 2013 Rubicon and I am thinking about installing front lockouts to reduce the amount of wear on the front diff and to possibly make it a little easier to tow. My 92 highly modified YJ had lockouts and I liked them.

Has anyone that tows a 12 or 13 Wrangler installed lockouts?
It's not going to make it easier to tow and I don't think there's a lot of wear while free wheeling behind the coach. Save your money for some chrome muffler bearings.
My 07 has well over 10k miles behind the coach. For the most part you can't even feel it back there. That's why we have rear view cameras.
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There are a few reasons to get a hub conversion for the later Wranglers, saving wear and tear on front end components and fuel savings are not good ones.

Haven't looked for '07 up kits but the cheapest for TJs is $699, (Mile Marker) takes a heck of a lot of 1/2 MPG benefit to make that up. U-joints and unit bearings are good for 100K plus on these rigs unless you're really abusing it off road.
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I think you guys are right. It would be a waste of money. I think I will just save up for some chrome muffler bearings! :-)
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They likely make 'em but... You said "To make it a little easier to tow"

I seem to recall that SOME 4WD jeeps need to have the front hubs LOCKED when towing 4-down and do not dolly tow on those models....

Before you unlock them (go ahead and install 'em) check out the manuals and Remcotowing info..

I do not know if this applies to the one you have or not. I'm still shopping myself.
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The NP-231 and NP-241 transfer cases used in Wranglers do NOT like having the front wheels unable to turn (i.e. dolly towing) when the back ones are turning, even when the TC is in neutral. The owner's manuals in all 3 of our current Jeeps and the '07 we sold specifically state not to tow on a dolly.

I'm not sure how they would react to free wheeling hubs, probably no issue but I wouldn't want to be the one to test it, especially for so little in return.
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I researched that issue many years ago for my Jeep and found it basically did zero for mileage. Most hard core Jeepers use them because if something breaks in your front end you can dis-engage it and still drive .
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I have a 12. 4-down. Xfer case in N, trans in P, lock and roll. Easy-peasy.
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Are we making things harder than necessary? Or do we have to much time over thinking something that isn't an issue to begin with?
Really. Follow the manual, enjoy the ride. It takes me about 10 minutes to hook the Jeep up to the Coach and we are off.
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Same here.
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Are we making things harder than necessary? Or do we have to much time over thinking something that isn't an issue to begin with?
Really. Follow the manual, enjoy the ride. It takes me about 10 minutes to hook the Jeep up to the Coach and we are off.
This is just a "rv lifestyle" thing I have came to believe, I see folks put covers on thier tires for just a weekend then gone, Ibet they have never covered thier tires on thier car? Ever seen tire covers on a semi setting in a truck stop? I don't think the hubs are a problem while towing or driving, just roll and enjoy the ride
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I researched that issue many years ago for my Jeep and found it basically did zero for mileage. Most hard core Jeepers use them because if something breaks in your front end you can dis-engage it and still drive .
We have a winner, aside from the sales pitch (all it is) of fuel savings this is about the only reason.

Makes it way easier than pulling both shafts, taking the U-joints out and reinstalling the outers to hold the unit bearings together.
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