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Old 10-30-2009, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E-Locker Harness Pre-Installed ?

So I know I've read something about this before but can't find anything. I've got a 2wd and only an LSD. I remember someone saying they pulled the caps off of their switch board under the stereo and found wires with connectors attached to them.
I'm sure I would have figured out if I really had an Elocker right now, at least I would hope, but does the harness already come installed as a future proof method ?

Any help would be great
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: E-Locker Harness Pre-Installed ?

If you got the FJ without an E-locker there will not be a harness for it. There is a seperate Ecu attached to the regular one for the function. I added an E-locker and used a wire harness ($100) thet bypasses the ecu altogether and runs straight to the rear diff. The e-locker ecu runs close to 1k. PM me if you need any details or help.
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: E-Locker Harness Pre-Installed ?

Thanks. But I'm still confused about the extra wiring harness that is already installed in my switch board. If I did have a locker I would be able to see it sticking out from my rear differential right ? Or would I have to unscrew the rear dif. panel in order to see it ?
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Re: E-Locker Harness Pre-Installed ?

Yes, you can see the e-locker from under the rig.

If you did not get it with the factory e-locker, it won't have the necessary wiring/cpu to simply add one. It is possible to install a factory e-locker and wire a switch to engage it independently. Even if there is a plug behind the switch panel won't mean that the rest of the wiring is in place. It is likely that there is a plug behind the switch panel.

There are numerous threads on this topic and with a quick search, you'd find this answer many times over...
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Re: E-Locker Harness Pre-Installed ?

I tried this on mine, not to see if I had a locker but to see if the switch would still turn off my ABS and VSC like the locker does. the plug is there but im pretty sure the rest of the harness is missing and the ecu is different. the switch wont do anything for you and you dont have a locker or harness for one.

arb air locker is about 1k...I havent had a need for a locker yet, only been stuck twice and believe it or not but every trail ive been on with 4x4s they can never tell im the 4x2.
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Re: E-Locker Harness Pre-Installed ?

I'm going to save you some time and a headache, if your Fj did not come with an e-locker from the factory you just don't have one. yes there is a plug in the back of the switch panel but the wiring only goes so far. This way during assembly @ Toyota they decide what Fj gets the e-locker by just bolting on the differential and a control box, depending on the stock or demand the get.

So unless you have a differential with an e-locker sitting in your garage with all the harness necessary just save your self the headache.

If you want a rear diff locker get the ARB. I have it, it's maintenance free it runs with a compressor or air tank.



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I'm going to save you some time and a headache, if your Fj did not come with an e-locker from the factory you just don't have one. yes there is a plug in the back of the switch panel but the wiring only goes so far. This way during assembly @ Toyota they decide what Fj gets the e-locker by just bolting on the differential and a control box, depending on the stock or demand the get.

So unless you have a differential with an e-locker sitting in your garage with all the harness necessary just save your self the headache.

If you want a rear diff locker get the ARB. I have it, it's maintenance free it runs with a compressor or air tank.



did you do the install yourself or did you take it to a shop? id really like to do it myself but have never dealt with a diff gear install. I think If I can rebuild an engine I can do a locker install but im wondering what the price is, if its right it, might be better to pay the price so I dont have to deal with dropping my axel and figure out correct gear meshing.
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did you do the install yourself or did you take it to a shop? id really like to do it myself but have never dealt with a diff gear install. I think If I can rebuild an engine I can do a locker install but im wondering what the price is, if its right it, might be better to pay the price so I dont have to deal with dropping my axel and figure out correct gear meshing.

I did the install on all switches, wiring harness and compressor. For the Diff I took it to a shop, they charged me $400.00 parts (diff oil) and labor.
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did you do the install yourself or did you take it to a shop? id really like to do it myself but have never dealt with a diff gear install. I think If I can rebuild an engine I can do a locker install but im wondering what the price is, if its right it, might be better to pay the price so I dont have to deal with dropping my axel and figure out correct gear meshing.
Diffs are kind of a tricky beast. A lot of offroaders i know that do a lot of their own installs still take their truck to a shop to get gears done. I've installed everything on mine including the supercharger and i would still take it to a shop to have a locker/gears installed.
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Diffs are kind of a tricky beast. A lot of offroaders i know that do a lot of their own installs still take their truck to a shop to get gears done. I've installed everything on mine including the supercharger and i would still take it to a shop to have a locker/gears installed.
ya, I guess if you screw up youd have to pay someone labor in the end anyway. then theres the price new gears and whatever else you break. its just so much more satisfying knowing you did it yourself. oh well. thanks for the advice.
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