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Upgrade from factory E-Locker to ARB Air Locker

Can the factory E-Locker be replaced with an ARB Air locker? I understand the third member is different (Big cutout for it to fit inside) for the factory E-locker setup. If a factory non-locker third member was used, would it physically fit inside the original axle housing? Is the axle assembly different at all for locker vs non-locker axles??

I getting ready to re-gear, adding an ARB to the front, and figured it was worth investigating the possibility of ditching the factory locker while I was at it. I have never been a fan of its operation anyway.

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Re: Upgrade from factory E-Locker to ARB Air Locker

Yes you can do it. You will have to weld a piece of steel into the axle housing to close up the opening where the e-locker passes through the face of the axle housing. You will also have to drill and tap a new hole for the third member mounting bolts. You will also need a donor third member from a non-elocked axle. There are a bunch of threads out there on other sites that should guys doing this. I've done it and it's not hard. In your case it may be easier to find a donor non-locked rear axle.
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Re: Upgrade from factory E-Locker to ARB Air Locker

I don't see why not. The ARB Locker replaces the open Differential Carrier.

Here you can see the locker is separate. If you add an ARB Locker like this one.

You will have to plug up the gaping hole in the third member.

If your E-locker has failed. You can always swap in a cable mechanism. Like this from Chilkatdesigns.com





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Re: Upgrade from factory E-Locker to ARB Air Locker

Anyone have experience trying to trade or sell an E-locker equipped axle for a stock one? Seems like the easiest answer is a one-for-one swap, and a cheap way for someone else to get an E-locker if they can made it work.

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Re: Upgrade from factory E-Locker to ARB Air Locker

What year?

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Re: Upgrade from factory E-Locker to ARB Air Locker

Easiest way is to buy a new third from guys like East coast gears or Just Differentials, then sell your third.
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Easiest way is to buy a new third from guys like East coast gears or Just Differentials, then sell your third.
I was looking to do a quick axle swap with someone that wants an complete E-locker axle for cheap-cheap. Swapping out a complete axle is pretty easy. With my new donor axle removed, I would then installing the third with ARB locker from East Coast Gears, and send in the removed core of the non-locker for my core return.

I am open to suggestions on how to make this process easier and cheaper. Or if I am being down right ridiculous replacing the E-locker.

I am trying to plan this all out to have all the right parts in the right place for when I get home from my travels.

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Upgrade from factory E-Locker to ARB Air Locker

If it still works, I'd stick with the E-Locker. If it's broken that makes sense. Because Toyota doesn't sell the E-Locker as a replaceable part.


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If it still works, I'd stick with the E-Locker. If it's broken that makes sense. Because Toyota doesn't sell the E-Locker as a replaceable part.


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