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Old 07-19-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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After Market Diff cover.

So I need some heave duty diff cover to protect me new 4.88 and ARB lockers.

Here are some options I put together. What do you guys/gals suggest?

Blue Torch Fab. (Home town business)
Rear $89
Front $119





Rancho: I like the skid combo for the front
front $150
Rear 170




ARB:
Front $179
Rear $179





Tube style guards various vendors
Front $60-80
Rear $60-80



Half Cover various vendors
Front $60-80
Rear $60-80

These look like they would hold mud/debris




Poison Spyder Customs
Looks to be one of the better deals cheaper and good quality.
Front $89
Rear $89





G2
Front $109
Rear $ 108





Dana 44 brand (High price not so sure about quality)
Front $160
Rear $160




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Old 07-19-2013, 11:43 AM   #2
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Riddler (Good price seems to be good quality)
Front $109
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:46 AM   #3
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Arb

I went with the ARB's but I think just about any of them will do the job. I also like the Rancho ones. If you're doing the job yourself, while they are off, get you some permanent re-useable gaskets (Lub Locker) and put them on instead of the RTV type seal they currently use. The half covers go over the original diff cover. They are supplied with about 5 longer bolts for the bottom bolts. Make sure you torque the bolts to about 25 ft/lbs instead of 35.
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I'm sure this is a newbie question, lol.... but, I know that the Poison Spyder doesn't fit with the travel link bars.

Does anyone know if this is an issue with the other brands as well ?
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Yeah, make sure you do not torque to factory spec. I set mine to 15 and make sure you let the sealant sit for several hours to set. I like the Riddlers, and that is what I just put on. No interference with anything and the smooth cover will help it not get hung up on rocks. I got mine powdercoated. I like the Poison Spyder ones too.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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ARB's and Lubelocker gaskets. These gaskets are reusable and work great.
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Get whatever you like...they will all hold up fine for the normal abuse that diffs see. The only thing I would consider is clearance...some aftermarket covers are too big, so they will contact steering components without some modification. On my TJ I didnt see the advantage to most aftermarket covers...I picked up a SOLID diff cover. Cheap and effective. It was like 80 bucks SHIPPED. The only advantage a few other covers have over it are recessed bolt heads...but for the additional 10-20 dollars I saved from other covers, I can buy a lot of new bolts if need be.
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If we can also identify which brands/models contact the Trackbar that would be helpful.
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I like the BTF ones, and its a local business (for you), so you should help them out by buying their stuff....assuming it's a good thick steel piece that is of high quality.

The poison spyder one looks cool as hell.

Don't put a dana 44 cover on anything that isnt a dana 44, that's very poser-ish. Haha. Are those really made by dana? They did make the axle after all. As for the price, look at what the axle costs. Haha.

Be careful with the amount of oil you put in them. A lot of aftermarket covers have the oil fill plug up higher so that you can still get the officially proper amount of oil in them with the axles rotated for proper pinion angle on huge lifts........dont wanna over fill them though......
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Went with ARB Black. The shop is going to toss them on for me as they are installing 4.88 gears and lockers. I would do it but why not let them bolt them on while they are already in there.

Thanks for the input.
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RESURRECTION! anyone out there running the PSC Bombshells with stock track bars? on a Rubicon?
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RESURRECTION! anyone out there running the PSC Bombshells with stock track bars? on a Rubicon?
Sub'd. I'm also interested in this but have a Metalcloak front track bar.

Any interference? Any "gotcha's" to look out for?
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I also have ARB covers front and rear. Keep in mind a couple of points with this old thread. It's pretty obvious that the Rancho, G2 and Dana44 are all the exact same cover. Also note that factory torque spec is 25, not 15 ft. lbs.
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Hey all, in regards to the PSC bombshells, if you have a dana 30 (non rubicon) it will not contact at all. The rear dana 44 will contact ever so slightly on the upper left hand corner of the diff. This is easily resolved with a axle side rear track bar bracket to lift it out of the way. This will make the ride better anyways so i highly suggest it if your 2" or more lifted. On a rubicon with the front Dana 44 it will contact. This is resolved with an adjustable track bar with a decent bend. Such as a Synergy or Teraflex one. However these covers are THE BEFFIEST on the market. You will snap an axle tube before you break these or peel them. Peeling is damn near impossible because it has no lip.
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I plan on the Terflex ones, they have 44 and 30. Mainly due to doing a teraflex lift.

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Hey all, in regards to the PSC bombshells, if you have a dana 30 (non rubicon) it will not contact at all. The rear dana 44 will contact ever so slightly on the upper left hand corner of the diff. This is easily resolved with a axle side rear track bar bracket to lift it out of the way. This will make the ride better anyways so i highly suggest it if your 2" or more lifted. On a rubicon with the front Dana 44 it will contact. This is resolved with an adjustable track bar with a decent bend. Such as a Synergy or Teraflex one. However these covers are THE BEFFIEST on the market. You will snap an axle tube before you break these or peel them. Peeling is damn near impossible because it has no lip.
This is the type of feedback I was hoping for....So I have a stock height Rubicon 10A....will I be able to use the axle side rear track bar bracket or do you have to be lifted to use that? I was under the impression I would have to do Adjustable track bars on the front and the rear just to have the diff covers.....and that gets pretty pricey even though its future proof for when I do a lift I will already have the adj. track bars....at least thats my thinking anyway. So would it be possible for me to do the bracket in the back and upgrade to an adj. track bar in the front and make it work? any thoughts on the JKS trackbars working for this application? Thanks

EDIT** after looking at the price difference between the Synergy track bar and the JKS one...and the difference in the look I think i answered my own question about the jks working for this application...The Synergy specifically says in the description that its designed to clear most aftermarket diff covers...where as the JKS one the bend doesn't look quite as exaggerated and does not state anything in the description about clearance....and at a 20 dollar price difference its really a moot point.
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If you have an adjustable track bar, you can forego the brackets. Especially if its the synergy. Dont get the brackets at stock height as you are trying to correct roll center and track bar angle that is already pretty much spot on. Only goes out of wack when you lift. So save those for later. Get the diff covers and track bars and you should be good to go! Just make sure the track bar is rated at 0" of lift like the tera. Dont remeber what the synergy says off the top of my head. If in doubt place a call to synergy.
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If you have an adjustable track bar, you can forego the brackets. Especially if its the synergy. Dont get the brackets at stock height as you are trying to correct roll center and track bar angle that is already pretty much spot on. Only goes out of wack when you lift. So save those for later. Get the diff covers and track bars and you should be good to go! Just make sure the track bar is rated at 0" of lift like the tera. Dont remeber what the synergy says off the top of my head. If in doubt place a call to synergy.
they do not give a lift requirement....but it does say that the bar itself is "Required when using the Synergy rear track bar relocation bracket for lifts taller than 4.5".....but then they have all these other brackets and braces and .....omg im confused! lol
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Lol i would just give synergy a call then, tell them what your attempting to do and go with their recommendation. Dont sweat it lol
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Lol i would just give synergy a call then, tell them what your attempting to do and go with their recommendation. Dont sweat it lol
Yea that sounds like the best thing to do....was just hoping someone else had done this lmao
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Yea that sounds like the best thing to do....was just hoping someone else had done this lmao
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