Auburn Gear, Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance differentials, introduced its new MAX Lock Locker to the industry. The MAX Lock Locker fits inside the original equipment’s open differential case and automatically eliminates wheel slip in both two- and four-wheel-drive vehicles. The reasonably priced unit is precision engineered by Auburn to match OE case specifications and is designed to be easy for even a novice to install. Loss of traction can occur under any number of on- and off-road conditions, and with traditional two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles, when a wheel breaks loose and begins to spin, it draws power and effectiveness away from the other drive wheels. Aftermarket locking differentials can solve the traction problem for the most part, but a complete case replacement is often required and this can mean higher installation costs. The new MAX Lock Locker is economically priced and does not require OE case replacement. It's made to give the vehicle exceptional tractive performance, is designed for easy installation, and provides smooth, precise, quiet operation. The black-oxide-coated unit comes in a complete kit with easy-to-follow instructions. Installing the unit is as simple as removing the OE beveled gears, side gears and pinion gears from the existing diff case, and replacing them with Auburn’s dog clutches and spline couplings. Fifty-four SKUs of the new locker are scheduled for release in 2014 and will fit a broad range of popular vehicle makes and models reaching all the way back to 1955. The first-phase product release of 12 SKUs replaces a number of original Dana, Toyota, GM, Ford, Chrysler and Suzuki differential components. Compared to lockers requiring full case replacement, the MAX Lock Locker will be very competitively priced. Most four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive differentials track the path of least resistance, which means that one spinning wheel cannibalizes the power from the others. The MAX Lock Locker responds dynamically to tractive forces, automatically locking to deliver traction when needed and unlocking when wheel rotation must differentiate. Forrest noted that the unit optimizes traction so significantly that a two-wheel drive vehicle with a MAX Lock Locker can achieve greater traction performance than an all-wheel-drive vehicle with original equipment. Auburn’s MAX Lock Locker model numbers 544901, 544902, 544903, 544904, 544905, 54496, 544907, 544908, 544909, 544910, 544911 and 544912 have begun shipping.