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The rear diff carrier in my 07 Xterra is on its last leg. While the pumpkin is cracked open, I figured I'd upgrade. I'm in Lawrence, but would drive for a quality install at a good price. I'm looking at upgrading to an ARB Air Locker, including compressor install. I'm looking for suggestions. What shops have you used, and what was your experience (good or bad)?
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The rear diff carrier in my 07 Xterra is on its last leg. While the pumpkin is cracked open, I figured I'd upgrade. I'm in Lawrence, but would drive for a quality install at a good price. I'm looking at upgrading to an ARB Air Locker, including compressor install. I'm looking for suggestions. What shops have you used, and what was your experience (good or bad)?
If you are good with wiring, and familiar with a locker install it could be done by yourself. 4x4 Land in Topeka does great work.. My friends Mike and Drew work at Truck Toyz in Tracy MO, near Leavenworth. Jon the owner is a real down to earth guy. They are jeepers so they do this stuff all the time.. I've been to both places multiple times and suggest both of them to you depending on distance. You will probably get the better deal at the Tracy shop, but both do great things.

Lastly, why the decision on an ARB air locker? Why not just go Detroit Locker or Spartan? The air seems to be a pain in the ass sometimes. One more thing that could fail. Do you do a lot of hardcore wheeling or are you the occasional of road weekend warrior?
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If you are good with wiring, and familiar with a locker install it could be done by yourself. 4x4 Land in Topeka does great work.. My friends Mike and Drew work at Truck Toyz in Tracy MO, near Leavenworth. Jon the owner is a real down to earth guy. They are jeepers so they do this stuff all the time.. I've been to both places multiple times and suggest both of them to you depending on distance. You will probably get the better deal at the Tracy shop, but both do great things.

Lastly, why the decision on an ARB air locker? Why not just go Detroit Locker or Spartan? The air seems to be a pain in the ass sometimes. One more thing that could fail. Do you do a lot of hardcore wheeling or are you the occasional of road weekend warrior?
I'll give 4x4 Land a ring tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up.

I don't have time or space for an install, and am not familiar with locker installs. I'd much rather pay someone to do the work.

I'd consider other options, but I haven't seen many for the c200k diff. The arb air locker is popular and a proven performer in my platform. It's not cheap, but the diff needs a new carrier anyway, so I'm hoping I can be within a few hundred bucks of oem replacement.

I'm a weekend warrior, I do most of my off-road driving to facilitate hunting, fishing, shooting, etc. both locally and on trips which I take every month or more. There have been a couple times that the open diffs have been a pain in the ass. Admittedly, it wouldn't get a ton of use, as I'm not pushing the envelope wheeling on a regular basis.
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Yeah I've never had an Arb air locker, I've always been a Detroit or Spartan locker kinda guy. But before you jump and bite the bullet on the ARB unless you have your heart set on it, see what else is out there, best bang for buck so to speak. Mike will help tremendously at 4x4land. 785 862-8008 is their number
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If 4x4land is outta the budget, I've got a friend that can do it. He's in Spring Hill, KS and doesnt side work relatively cheap. He helped me out a lot when I had my Jeep.

He's on KCjeepclub.org his screenname there is diabloed.
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If 4x4land is outta the budget, I've got a friend that can do it. He's in Spring Hill, KS and doesnt side work relatively cheap. He helped me out a lot when I had my Jeep.

He's on KCjeepclub.org his screenname there is diabloed.
IIRC diabloed is Darrin Shephard correct?
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Then yes error4o4 Darrin does great work.
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you don't want a mechanical locker in the rear for a daily. you can end up in a ditch if you're not careful and don't know what you're doing. i have a spartan on the front of my TJ and every now and then it'll engage without warning, while in a turn. you really wanna be careful especially in wet or icy conditions. a selectable locker is a great choice. ex: ARB... get a pricing on electronic ones too if you're going that route.

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I have a Detroit in my cj7 rear end and it handles pretty reasonable with the light weight of the cj. I drive it on the highway quite a bit. Do they make a Zip locker for xterras?. I haven't looked.
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you don't want a mechanical locker in the rear for a daily. you can end up in a ditch if you're not careful and don't know what you're doing. i have a spartan on the front of my TJ and every now and then it'll engage without warning, while in a turn. you really wanna be careful especially in wet or icy conditions. a selectable locker is a great choice. ex: ARB... get a pricing on electronic ones too if you're going that route.
Seems to me that you broke some of the cross pins that hold the springs in place inside there.. Take the locker apart and look to see if the pins are shattered into pieces.
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It's pretty normal for a mechanical to engage every now and then. Only time it really does it is at a pretty low speed and i happen to turn in a little quicker than normal. Definitely doesn't do it at higher speeds. If I broke anything, especially the cross pins, i'd feel and probably hear something wrong all the time driving it. So far everything works normal on all my wheeling trips.
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I haven't checked this in a couple days. Damn, you guys have been busy. Thanks for all the info. I'm waiting on quote from 4x4land, and ATSI here in Lawrence. Expert Offroad quoted $2400. I've read a few threads over at thenewx.org and it seems $1500(ish) is pretty common for this job. I'm hoping someone comes in close. If not, I'll give Darrin a shout.
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I'd like to tell him someone referred me. Is your handle the same over there?
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I told him about this he said he doesn't do gears.
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