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Old 03-22-2006, 10:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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lockright problems

Well I hate this effing lockright in my 8.8, it has given me nothing but problems. I changed the fluid this weekend and put on a fresh gasket and new oil and have driven it around about 150 miles so far. On the way home from work tonight I get a wierd vibration in the rear. When I pull off the exit the lockright is continually clicking even when going straight. It does not click when generous throttle is applied (like on the highway). I felt the rear diff cover and it was BLAZING hot but they diff fluid was full as could be. The pins and springs appeared to be in good shape when I checked them. WTF is going on here? TIA!
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The only time I have seen lockrights malfunction is when they are installed wrong. I've seen guys not put the thrust washers from the side gears onto the lock right and that causes all kinds of goofy excessive backlash & strange operation. I've also seen guys install them with a mangled crosspin and had them stick and whatnot.

Generally, when the lockright malfuctions, it acts as a spool & refuses to unlock. I'm not sure what is going on in your case. Check to make sure everything is installed properly (The c-clips are seated correctly, the cross pin, shear pins, & springs are in good shape, and the thrust washers & the rest of the unit is installed correctly). Change your gear oil and see what happens. If it keeps giving you trouble - Get a set of C-clip eliminators, weld or spool the 8.8, and be done with it.
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Was the lockrite new when you installed it and how many miles total are on it? I might be free Friday afternoon and can help if you want to tear back into the axle.

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had a bud with a cj had the same prob with his lockright, kept on clikin, turned out he had a slightly bent axle.
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Old 12-01-2007, 09:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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worn thrust washers?

there is a clearance spec to check, its on the last page of the little lockrite book. umm....... .005-.012"? guessing, i can't remember exactly.

some one post it. inside back cover of the install book.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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had a bud with a cj had the same prob with his lockright, kept on clikin, turned out he had a slightly bent axle.
I had the exact same problem with mine. Check the oval holes where the springs are inserted and you will probably find damage to the drivers in those areas. Pull out the manual and feeler gages and check the tolerances. If they're in spec, Richmond will most likely replace the locker but also verify that the axle is straight otherwise you'll be shipping another one back pretty quick.
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