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Old 03-06-2012, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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8" E-locker ***CABLE CONVERSION***

By: Chilkat Designs

We are approaching the release date of our 8" E-locker cable conversion actuator kit. Our conversion body is CNC milled to ensure a top quality fit, capable of replacing the OEM electric motor.



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Old 03-06-2012, 02:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I will be very interested in 1 of these. Any plans on doing a 9.5 cable conversion?

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Old 03-06-2012, 02:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Interesting, anymore info on it?

Hopefully it works better than the colossal piece of waste Downey used to offer. Ill be watching this guy.
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very nice.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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from the looks of it, this will be shifted in a similar fashion to the stock motor, instead of through the side of the housing like the downey one? Using some type of rotating arm? Will it include the cable?
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Can't wait to try one out. When will it be available to purchase?
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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this will be a GREAT TRAIL SPARE IN THE EVENT THAT ONE OF MY ACTUATORS TAKES A DUMP ON ME ON THE TRAIL !!!
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Awesome guys! Please, please consider doing one for the 9.5 and the cdl on an 80 series. I flooded my 80 (8" over the seats) last year after the cel refused to engage, leaving me with no 4wd and no lockers.
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this will be a GREAT TRAIL SPARE IN THE EVENT THAT ONE OF MY ACTUATORS TAKES A DUMP ON ME ON THE TRAIL !!!
For what its worth, its easy to pull the actuator out and just push the locking spline in place. Also, if you have a dead actuator, you can pull all but the back plate and the little shaft that goes in and use that to lock and unlock. Its not ideal, but works alright and is what I've been doing for the last year after having no luck getting several different actuator motors to work.

That said, if this Chilkat unit is simple enough to act as a trail spare, I will be especially excited too. Definitely put me on the list of people interested. That is assuming it will work on the front axle too. At least for now I'm running an 8" e-locker up front and like I said above, I've been just setting it at the beginning of the trail run if I feel like I'll need it. Not ideal at all, so something selectable sounds nice.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Definitely interested
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Interested as well. Have Elockers front and rear that are going in and wouldn't mind something mechanical rather than electric.

Any eta for those of us that are getting ready to install and would rather not do it twice?

Also, any idea if a cost since that would dictate if I even decide to wait or not?

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Old 03-06-2012, 08:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Please post some more pics and real world feedback once they are in production.

The peeps that are in the hunt for 80 axles need to weigh the options of a E or non-E third.
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:11 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I need one of these in my life....
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:43 AM   #15 (permalink)
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This'll make v6 3rds a viable option for me in the future Now where is all the money..
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:12 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Do the electric motors fail frequently?

Cool product either way.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:29 AM   #17 (permalink)
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the cheapest alternative to get you off the trail if you don't have one of these is to get a 14 mm socket and a flat head screw driver and just manually slide it over the actuator is rather expensive to replace ASK ME I KNOW. I had to replace the one in my front hp e-locker right off the bat and a reman cost $600.00 bucks from Inchworm Gear or you can buy a new one from them for $800.00 the STEALERSHIP sells them for a whopping 1000.00 here.

one other person asked if they go out frequently ?
well if they aren't installed correctly and setup right YES also if water gets inside the actuator IT CAN FAIL. if it gets in contact with water and its electrical it can and more than likely will go bad at some point. with that being said if you decide to keep the electric actuator then you would need to make sure you seal it off real good with some silicone hang the plug up as high as possible.
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oh and one other thing to the ones who are making this product PLEASE take into consideration of getting a metal cut gear and not a plastic one that TOYOTA uses on the actuator if that thing ever breaks then your still up crap creek
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question

I have an e-locker pot that is missing the motor all together. I believe the other cable conversions that I have seen still use the drive gear off the motor. Will this kit also require that gear if not I am very interested in this.
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The 9.5" is already in the works!

We will have a few kit options.

The "full kit" will include:
1 - 3rd member actuator
1 - cable (8', 10' or 12')
Stainless Steel Cable Ends
1 - hand shifter
all stainless hardware
Spare O-Ring, E-Clip, and Key Stock
and online instructions (PDF)
$454

We will also be offering just the 3rd member actuator (w/out a cable and hand shifter) $295

NOTE:
You need to reuse the 18 tooth metal spur gear sourced from the OEM electric actuator.

We are still in the process of making our own spur gear.


Cable actuator assembly is shown in the photo


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would be interested in one for a trail spare for sure.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:52 PM   #22 (permalink)
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very nice, expensive but nice
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very nice, expensive but nice
Not really expensive, when you consider how much a factory electric setup costs.

I found an e-locker diff at the pick a part that the actuator had already been pulled off of. I got the diff thinking I could just get another actuator for cheap... I was wrong.

After looking for 6 months for a cheap or even reasonable reliable option for shifting the locker, I gave up and traded it to Jim at Inchworm Gear for a set of gears...
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one other person asked if they go out frequently ?
well if they aren't installed correctly and setup right YES also if water gets inside the actuator IT CAN FAIL. if it gets in contact with water and its electrical it can and more than likely will go bad at some point.
One can rebuild the electric motor if you get water inside--fix it before it gets completely 'd.

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Not really expensive, when you consider how much a factory electric setup costs.
Absolutely--and a lot less to go wrong.




Chilkat--is the body of these aluminum like stock, or steel? Would be nice if they were steel--of course, you could probably plan for an external locker guard.
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