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OX Locker Cable Issues

Article written by Moab Man

Date Added: 08/13/2007

The most common question we receive here at MJ pertaining to the OX Locker is ?Why won?t the locker engage or disengage?? Whether your problems are with an ARB locker or an OX, it all comes down to the monkey that did the installing.

Let me explain further. The OX Locker uses a cable to push the locker?s locking collar over and into place, thus ?locking? the OX. While it is necessary for the cable to be adjusted correctly, believe it or not there is no rocket science involved to getting this right.


1. At the axle end of the OX cable, the instructions clearly state, ?leave about 2 - 3 threads out of the piston that slides in the cover.?

2. Our little trick to threading the cable is using a crescent wrench on the flat faces of the cable at the other end (shifter end).
 Note: This is much easier with the cable straight, so do this before you route it where you want it.

3. The other REQUIREMENT for a properly functioning OX Locker is correctly setting up the shifter. Per the instructions, ?thread the piston into the rod end of the cable. Note: Make sure you leave 5/8? gap and to use medium strength loc-tite.?

In our experience, too many times the 5/8? is merely eyeballed, and kind of like a fish story, the estimation of size (gap) is off? quite a bit? and not even close. Our point is, USE A RULER!

4. The final issue we want to address is installing the cable into the shifter body. Thread the swivel fitting into the shifter body until it JUST TOUCHES the shift rod. At this point cycle the shifter, lock ? unlock three or four times. If the swivel fitting is not touching the shift rod, adjust again until it JUST TOUCHES. (Notice how we bolded that twice? It?s kind of important.)

5. After using the locker for a few months, look at the shifter and see if the cable is still JUST TOCHING. It may need some very slight adjustments to keep things perfectly lined up as it gets broken in.

Installation Issues

The instructions to installing the OX cable are simple and straight forward when followed.

Final Thoughts

Our intent is not to explain how to install an OX Locker or the cable, but to address the primary problems we have repeatedly encountered from disgruntled OX owners. All we can add to the issues we addressed is: follow the direction to a ?T?. Otherwise the locker may not engage all the way, disengage all the way, or simply may not work.

Purchase / Vendor Info

Vendor Name: OX Locker
Address: 440 S. Pinellas Ave
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Phone: 727-230-7803
E-Mail Address:
Website: http://www.ox-usa.com

Our Thank You's!

Thank you to all that have purchased an OX Locker and continue to support MJ.

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