locker install write up
I have used the locker, and it works quite well. Overall the install went as smoothly as one could hope on a vehicle with almost 100,000 salty road miles. installing the locker itself was about as easy as I could have hoped.
I freely admit that haveing a front locker like this will take some getting used to. I also had to get used to the rear locker too. But in the end I whish I could have done it sooner.
Ther are many things I like about haveing a front locker, but they basically all stem from both front tires spinning, instead of one tire spinning like mad in mid air.
Admittedly my truck should never be used on pavement in 4wd. Time will tell how the CV's hold up and I'm sure I'll be eyeing bigger tires sooner than later too (who isn't?).
EDIT: I thought I would include this bit of information from the thread over on another board (arrrgh...)
The front axle(s) used are standard (sorta) Isuzu stuff. The Aussie Locker (and other 10-bolt lockers that exist) won't fit in the odd ball 98 Amigo/Rodeo front ends. The external housing, internal carrier, third member, spider gears, and the Ring and Pinion gears are all different. I picked up a housing and third member from a 99 trooper from a junkyard for about $100 and installed the locker in that.
FWIW, I did disassemble the 98 front end and attempt to install the locker but the carrier was physically to small to accept the locker.
Some of the photos are of the 98 front end and some are of the 99 front end. As stated above, that front end will be the same for (I think) all of the 98+ Amigos, Rodeos, Troopers and VX's Some 97 stuff may have SOTF too. All of the other front 10-bolts will look more or less like the housing with out the SOTF portion attached.
Also the Trooper (99) assembly came from a TOD equipped vehicle which has a different style pinion flange (the weird cup shaped thing). The 98 uses a 27 spline pinion shaft for the flange. The 99, and from what I can tell, all the other years of 10bolts use a course 13 ( ? ) spline pinion shaft. I had to grab one from a JY and it came off of a 2000 Rodeo ($5).