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Old 12-01-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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Aluminum vs Steel Diff cover for Ford 8.8

Been searching for a diff cover for a Ford 8.8 project that is underway. First, I'm a little disappointed that ARB doesn't make one! In my humble opinion that would be a EASY money for them. Second, I can't decide between Aluminum or Steel? Any good arguments one way or the other? Any good leads on a HIGH QUALITY Diff cover? I'm the kind of guy that only likes to buy once.

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Old 12-01-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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Thanks - That one has been on my short list. I've also been considering one offered by east coast gears Ford 8.8 Differential Cover
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The Original 3/8" thick Diff Cover from Ruffstuff!
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I got this one:

Under Cover Fabworks, LLC - Ford 8.8 HD Diff Cover

Was a decent price on a great cover, my only gripe was it was not welded on the inside, so I had a muffler/driveline shop weld it up inside, now its perfect!

Very similar to the BTF and Ruff Stuff covers, no need of a fill hole, as pinion angle changes screw up the "Full at fill plug" level, and you can just use the old speed sensor hole to fill it...
I didnt like the SOLID cover...

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I've been pretty happy with my Solid diff covers. Cheap and beefy. Running it with a Lubelocker gasket.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:59 PM   #8
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Riddler covers are great. Check out the videos of large machinery running over them. They are extreme heavy duty. I would never buy an aluminum one if I saw it. Aluminum is not as strong.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:55 AM   #9
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I've been pretty happy with my Solid diff covers. Cheap and beefy. Running it with a Lubelocker gasket.
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Used one on my 8.8 with RTV. Can't beat the price.

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Been searching for a diff cover for a Ford 8.8 project that is underway. First, I'm a little disappointed that ARB doesn't make one! In my humble opinion that would be a EASY money for them.
ARB did a "pre release" during the SEMA show last month. In the next couple of months they will have a Ford 8.8 and Chrysler 8.25 differential cover available.
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ARB did a "pre release" during the SEMA show last month. In the next couple of months they will have a Ford 8.8 and Chrysler 8.25 differential cover available.
Arb are way overpriced though. These cost about $100. Video says it all. Just fast forward to the good parts.

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Arb are way overpriced though. These cost about $100. Video says it all. Just fast forward to the good parts.
I love my diff covers, besides protecting the internals, they also are engineered to act like a mini truss.

Yes they are a little more expensive, but its because of the engineering and testing, materials as well as additional features.

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ARB did a "pre release" during the SEMA show last month. In the next couple of months they will have a Ford 8.8 and Chrysler 8.25 differential cover available.

Happy Dance! Yes, expensive, but worth it to me.
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I have had my riddler covers carry the entire weight of my Jeep down large rocks at Rausch with nothing but some scratches on the paint. For half the price I cant beat it. ALso, that sledge test doesnt compare. I would like to see the same tests they do to that riddler cover done on an ARB.
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The Original 3/8" thick Diff Cover from Ruffstuff!
Same I used when I ran an 8.8 rear. It took an absolute beating and laughed at rocks. The Ruff Stuff diff cover turned boulders into gravel.

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