It probably was poorly packaged. A box really won’t work for shipping. A wood crate needs to be made. Something that heavy and small will get tossed and rolled during shipping. That is the main reason I don’t sell much stuff as it really is a lot of trouble to package heavy items to a point where they won’t be damaged during shipping.If i would have know you had one i would have hit you up. If this one gets "lost" again i will let you know. I still can't understand how you lose a 83lb chunk of steel but find the packaging from it, stupid UPS.
thank you for the effort you have don for researching all this, i have center and rear diff locks on my V8 05, front lock would be amazing to have, once i asked about OEM factory fitted option front locker on facebook group and few guys said they have ot on their touareg and i was begging them to post photo or the video of it but non of them did so it makes me think they were full of sh***** i have good friends in local VW dealer but they could not tell me exact part number for front diff with lock, if the amarok and 7L touareg frond diffs are sme and we can confirm that it means ARB locker will be 99% good for us, fingers crossedI've found myself going down a Touareg rabbit hole again... It's happened every night this week. And while I'm supposed to be working. And while I'm supposed to be sleeping. YouTube, Google searches, eBay, etc. I've just bought a 2006 V10 from a user on ClubTouareg, but haven't gotten my hands on it yet, so the interwebs are the only way that I can connect with this new-to-me beast so far. I'll be retiring my 2004 V8 shortly after I get the new goodies home.
I ran across something that may be worthwhile.
Now my sources on this are just eBay listings but there may be some merit. There is some overlap in the interchange on this part, 0BM409505M, a front differential from a 7P Touareg, between a VW Amarok and the 7P. The diff looks strikingly similar to the diffs in our 7L Touaregs. Rebuild kits for this differential seem to confirm the compatibility with the same overlap of interchange.
Stay with me, here.
ARB makes an air locker that supposedly fits the front IFS differential on a 2010-on VW Amarok. Is it AT ALL possible that we could use this air locker in our front diffs on a 7L??? Of course we would have to use our specific gearing's ring and pinion, i.e. swap from our current carrier to the new one along with output shafts and flanges, maybe change some bearings, etc. I also notice that the 7P/Amarok diff doesn't have an input flange, just a splined input shaft. Maybe this could also mean that we could simply install the air locker into our current pumpkins? Hell, if you have air suspension you already have a source of compressed air to activate the locker.
Ok I'm done, go ahead and poke all sorts of holes in my theory. Or tell me I may be on to something...
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