Expensive Unreliable Rubbish
I had front and rear lockers fitted to a new hilux sr5 3.0ltr diesel. The first set failed before 20,000 Kms and the next set failed around 21,000 Kms later (41,000Kms). The Final straw was the SEVENTH set of lockers that let go of a crown wheel bolt that destroyed the diff and housing resulting in a complete replacement of the rear end. It was all done under warranty but a warranty doesn't help when you're in the middle of nowhere and it sh#ts itself, I ended up selling the car with LOCKER NUMBER 8 in it as i could no longer trust it to get me...there or back and i lost faith in what was once a very dependable vehicle with only 94,000Kms on the clock. If you're thinking of diff lockers i would suggest try tjm but leave these pieces of sh#t on the shelf where they belong. Weigh it up........8 Diffs in 94,000Kms, That's 11,500Kms before you start to worry or replace the diff with every service
Purchased in September 2012 at ARB for $4,500.00.
DISINTEGRATING DIFF LOCKS
Do your homework before you purchase diff locks from ARB. There are many articles regarding the durability and reliability of these lockers and their constant air ring failure along with crown wheel bolt shearing and/or simply falling out that result in a catastrophic failure of the whole diff assembly. Yes they have repaired the diffs 4 times in 87.000 kms on a brand new hilux and was offered replacement standard diffs but no offer of a refund on the rubbish lockers so now I have a $71,000 vehicle that I no longer trust on a road trip let alon...e an off road trip and i have to part with another $3000 to purchase diff locks from another company that has a lot better feedback about their product. Nobody wants to go on a long journey wondering if the vehicles going to get there or back and even if they repair the diffs you don’t need the hassle of towing the vehicle off a beach or hanging around stranded while they think about what has to be done to get you back on the road. Never again ARB sorry but you need to take a long hard look at what you are selling and you’re certainly not selling reliability.
Great in theory. Poor build and install quality.
The idea is great, but the staff/installers don't care and it leads to heart-ache. Failed on install by breaking crown wheel bolts by turning the wrong way. Then when I picked it up it had incorrect axle preload which resulted in a tow truck. Seals failed in 6 months after that and then the copper pipe failed 6 months after that. Good luck. If you can find someone decent to install it then it may eliminate most problems, but the bonded seal wears out to quickly and there is nothing you can do about it. Basically, why put compressed air in your ...differential. If you do the k's, save a bit longer and get that e-locker. After four failures, weeks of arguing and having too threaten legal action they agreed to a full refund. I payed Opposite Lock at Rothwell to pull it out, fix what Arb had done and put a Harrop in. Opposite Lock even took photos of the job they had done. Upon returning it to the store, they refunded only the parts cost, not the labour as well. When I asked why, they replied because they had done the work and had no regard to my costs of repairing the locker, lost work or countless Uber costs to and from the store. I have all these receipts and a detailed diary kept of the whole saga. Attached is a photo of the refund for proof.
Bought an ARB airlocker for a Landcruiser when new. Fitted by ARB. Failed after two brief uses within 12 months. First response from ARB was aggressive blaming of myself the owner, with some utterly gobsmacking accusations. ARB offered to look at it, best time two weeks. No apology for stuffing up our off road holiday by selling and fitting rubbish. No urgency to fix it. Stay away from ARB is my advice.
I didn't have two fitted, so the rear differential was still working.
expensive, bad warranty service, lack of interest by ARB in honouring warranty in real time.
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