"I like that thinking.
Does the locker manufacturer list any recommended steps with a new install?
Nope...for their detroit auto locker, the manual says they need no break in usage or time. Of course, I think with those units, the side gears and case/carrier all remain the same, and everything should go back together with the exact same fit and same clearances. With the e-locker, the side gears are all new, and although the R&P are the same, they have slightly different mating fit and clearance than before (although I tried to match the previous set-up as much as possible). So, I think the mating wear surfaces are going to need to some time together before stressing too much. As Brian mentioned, SOP for new R&P is 500 miles of low stress use (mostly you need to keep the gear oil temp low while surfaces work harden) and then change the gear oil. So, good excuse to drive to work today and over the next few weeks - 40 mile roundtrip. As the skiing is so good, I don't see getting out on any jeep trails over the next few weeks anyway. Maybe i can do the axle bearings when i do the gear oil change in 500 miles.