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1996 Jeep Cherokee - New Automatic Locker

Posted in Features on January 1, 2000
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In "Locker Lowdown" (Aug. '99) we promised a test of the new Detroit Gearless Locker as soon as we got our hands on one. Shortly after that, 4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers supplied us with a model for a Dana 35C with ABS. At the time it was the only version available, but other units should be available by the time you read this.

We took the Gearless and a '96 Jeep Cherokee to M.I.T. for the install. Rick Dziezyk at M.I.T. led us through the procedure and showed us a couple of tips when putting the unit in a Dana 35C.

With the new locker in place, we started logging miles and jotting down notes. The new locker doesn't make as much noise as its E-Z Locker brother, but it still lets you know it's back there, especially in parking lots. Tires chirp in tight corners, but there is little or no locker-related jerking and banging. In the dirt the Gearless Locker performs much like any other locker. It worked flawlessly and provided good traction over the rough stuff.


M.I.T. Drivetrain Specialists
El Cajon,, CA 92020
4 Wheel Parts Wholesalers

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