I have an 06 f 250, and was wondering if it would be possible to either swap a whole JY axle with locker, out of a 2011, and make the locker work? Or even, just pull the locker, and swap it in to the current pig?
I agree, was just curious if it would work? Plus A guy such as myself may find a whole axle cheap, however the gear ratio would be different, so I was just thinking out loud, that maybe it would be a fairly easy mod.
I'm sure it could be done, but I'm willing to bet that one of the aftermarket vendors would be a more cost effective approach. But the factory one is, if I remember right, electrically actuated. Which means that it shouldn't be hard to make work with a simple switch if you were to find an axle.
You can fit a 2011 e-locker into an earlier truck, but it is not a bolt in swap. This thread covers the major issues you will encounter, especially posts #28 and 33. The newer axles do not have the VSS and ABS sensors like the older trucks.
Don't be afraid of air. ARB is a top quality product. Aside from my own experience with lots of rigs who run them, look at all the competition rock crawlers and offroad racers. If it's selectable (vs Detroit) then it's almost always an ARB. Very reliable, very strong.
Yukon also makes their Zip air locker for the 10.5. Probably worth a look.
I'd like a differential that was limited slip and a selectable locker when needed. I don't need a locker all the time and sometimes it's nice to have a limited slip when your in the rocks or in grass, because you don't want to lock it every time that you are going to drive in some grass or making a quick turn in rocks.