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Old 09-09-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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Diff covers?

Can someone recommend a quality diff cover that doesn't break the bank? Around $100 or so. Aluminum or steel? Why? Anyone thoughts on lube locker? I have an 04 rubicon.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:28 PM   #3
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I put Poison Spyder bombshell diff covers on both dana 44's on my 13 rubicon. While the stock covers are not likely to tear, they will bend at the lip and dump your diff fluid on the ground. ALso, you just might hit a rock on the front and press the stock cover to where it rubs the ring gear....

BTW these are cast iron and have taken abuse without failure on my rig
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I have riddlers on my front and rear. Have been thru the rocks many times with them.
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Ruff Stuff makes phenomenal diff covers. Very strong.
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I have riddlers on my front and rear. Have been thru the rocks many times with them.
Any clearance issues with the riddlers?
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I have a stock cover but have one of those covers that does on after the stock cover & goes maybe halfway up.Ive never had any kind of prob with it & I do a lot of rock.I know some aftermarket covers put the fill hole at a different height that the stock so be sure you know how much fluid needs to go in each diff.And yes I have Lube Lockers.Makes things easy.
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Any clearance issues with the riddlers?
No, but I have currie track bars front and back with their 4in lift.
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Ruff Stuff makes phenomenal diff covers. Very strong.
Are they a vendor on here?
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:56 AM   #10
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Poison Spyders here. Stock suspension/track bars. Rear cover hits my Rokmen gas tank skid.
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Cool. Does poison spyder offer us any kind of deal?
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be aware that with big fat aftermarket diff covers you'll very likely run into major clearance issues with the track bar.

read this...
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/tj...it-fit-738948/
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:58 PM   #13
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Solid Brand is probably the best value - only around $75
Dana 44 Solid Diff Cover

I've used them on a Dana 30, 35 and Ford 8.8 with good results. They even include a tube of RTV.

I've never used a lube locker. I'd consider it for a few reasons:

1) It would be great if you expect issues on the trail. With my 8.8, I'm not expecting issues. (and don't forget the spare gear oil, a drain pan, etc...what a PITA!)

2) If you get into a lot of water and change your diff oil frequently, then a lube locker would be nice.

Otherwise, RTV works pretty well
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Any clearance issues with the riddlers?
I have a stock track bar in the rear with riddlers, works just fine. IIRC they are identical to the PS bombshells just with a different look.
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Solid Brand is probably the best value - only around $75
Dana 44 Solid Diff Cover

I've used them on a Dana 30, 35 and Ford 8.8 with good results. They even include a tube of RTV.

I've never used a lube locker. I'd consider it for a few reasons:

1) It would be great if you expect issues on the trail. With my 8.8, I'm not expecting issues. (and don't forget the spare gear oil, a drain pan, etc...what a PITA!)

2) If you get into a lot of water and change your diff oil frequently, then a lube locker would be nice.

Otherwise, RTV works pretty well
ill be getting a solid when I finish my dana 60. There must be a reason why they are on damn near every tube buggy out there.
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Solid Brand is probably the best value - only around $75
Dana 44 Solid Diff Cover

I've used them on a Dana 30, 35 and Ford 8.8 with good results. They even include a tube of RTV.

I've never used a lube locker. I'd consider it for a few reasons:

1) It would be great if you expect issues on the trail. With my 8.8, I'm not expecting issues. (and don't forget the spare gear oil, a drain pan, etc...what a PITA!)

2) If you get into a lot of water and change your diff oil frequently, then a lube locker would be nice.

Otherwise, RTV works pretty well
i HAVE A "sOLID" ON MY 35 AND ITS BEEN GREAT, NO ISSUES
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FWIW, I ran Riddler and Solid.

Riddler had horrible clearance issues. In front, it needed 3.5" bumpstop extension to clear my aftermarket track bar. Heck the Riddler didn't even clear the stock track bar either. When you've got a 2.5" lift, that's means you have 1" less travel than a stock rig. Awesome huh? In the rear, the D44 cover hit the gas tank skid. Don't get me wrong though, very nicely manufactured product, but that doesn't really matter if it doesn't fit, does it?





The Solid had similar problems with clearance. I took a grinder & cut off wheel to the front face, cut it up, and welded it closed. Ground down the 1 o'clock and 3 o'clock ribs to clear.





To do it all over again, I'd spend my money once on a Barnett cover.



stock high clearance on upper end and a beefy skid on the bottom where it matters.

And for those that say their covers clear - how do you know? How much bumpstop extension is installed? If you haven't checked full bump with the springs removed.....then you don't know.
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FWIW, I ran Riddler and Solid.

Riddler had horrible clearance issues. In front, it needed 3.5" bumpstop extension to clear my aftermarket track bar. Heck the Riddler didn't even clear the stock track bar either. When you've got a 2.5" lift, that's means you have 1" less travel than a stock rig. Awesome huh? In the rear, the D44 cover hit the gas tank skid. Don't get me wrong though, very nicely manufactured product, but that doesn't really matter if it doesn't fit, does it?

The Solid had similar problems with clearance. I took a grinder & cut off wheel to the front face, cut it up, and welded it closed. Ground down the 1 o'clock and 3 o'clock ribs to clear.

To do it all over again, I'd spend my money once on a Barnett cover.

stock high clearance on upper end and a beefy skid on the bottom where it matters.

And for those that say their covers clear - how do you know? How much bumpstop extension is installed? If you haven't checked full bump with the springs removed.....then you don't know.
So are you saying I shouldn't have issues running the Barnett?
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What brand of gear oil is do y'all recommend? Being a rubicon do I need a friction modifier?
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What brand of gear oil is do y'all recommend? Being a rubicon do I need a friction modifier?
You don't need the friction modifier but it won't hurt. Most come with it. I run mobile 1 in my diffs
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So are you saying I shouldn't have issues running the Barnett?
there is a much lower likelyhood you'll have issues with that cover. but, that doesn't absolve you from thoroughly setting up your suspension by cycling to full bump, full flex, and full droop with the springs removed, identifying clearance issues, how much bumpstop extensions are necessary, etc.

Here's an example done on a JK. Procedure is pretty much the same.
JK Lift Install & Suspension Lessons Learned - JeepForum.com
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My version of the poison spyder diff. Cover. What they look like at daytime and at night before install and at night installed. I love the way they came out. I think I did a pretty good job and I haven't seen them done like this before.
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X2 on a Barnett if you are looking for the best clearance and protection where you need it. If you are looking for fashion, go elsewhere


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On my 03 rubi I'm using ruffstuff covers front and rear. 3" zone lift with their included 2" bumpstops, jks track bar just barely touches at one tiny point. Banging around Moab this spring and it didn't even take the paint off. A grinder would fix pretty quickly. Both covers required internal clearancing however for the rubi lockers. I also have a rokmen tank skid which moves the tank rearward and up. Without that I think it would contact in the rear.
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Arb differential covers like the one shown n the link below. You get what you pay for imo


ARB 0750003B - ARB Competition Differential Cover for Dana 44 Axle Assemblies - Quadratec
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Arb differential covers like the one shown n the link below. You get what you pay for imo
Yeah, you'll find out. Quadratec and all the parts magazines love people like you!

(Do some research...that cover is one of the worst for clearance...but it sure is pretty!)
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damn....I need to design something trivial and market it as "competition"....could make a killing

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