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Old 03-19-2012, 09:16 PM   #1
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best dif cover?

looking for the most robust dif cover, Need you guys to help me not get it wrong.

This is what I've found.

Rancho RS6212 - RANCHO® RockGEAR™ Front Differential Glide Plate for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon & Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon JK with Dana 44 - Quadratec

I cant tell if its the best one out there.

What do you guys like? why?

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Old 03-19-2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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I do not know if it is the best, but I'm going with the Riddler diff covers when I change the fluids in them.

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Old 03-19-2012, 09:31 PM   #3
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I do not know if it is the best, but I'm going with the Riddler diff covers when I change the fluids in them.

why tho? aluminum? iron? Steel?

ARB?
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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looking for the most robust dif cover, Need you guys to help me not get it wrong.

This is what I've found.

Rancho RS6212 - RANCHO® RockGEAR™ Front Differential Glide Plate for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon & Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon JK with Dana 44 - Quadratec

I cant tell if its the best one out there.

What do you guys like? why?
we had this on our 11. it held up very nicely. you do lose about a 1/2" of ground clearance but it was sturdy.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:13 PM   #5
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The Riddler is lip free and made from iron.
I have had the Dynatrac before, I do believe it is made out of iron too.
The one I had was called rockcrusher and they were heavy at least twice as heavy as stock dif covers.
I hope that helps, most after market dif covers are going to be better then stock.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:23 PM   #6
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TeraFlex *gave me* their new dif covers (since I regeared and locked the front with an ARB Air Locker). Just picked it up today.... they look really good. I'll try to get some photos tomorrow.
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I would like to see pics. ^^^^
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Poison spyder. Cast no lip heavy.
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the guy from cop 4x4 told me that aluminum was best for heat dispersion. I dont know where iron stands on that. The ARB cover looks good, but also is iron.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:50 PM   #10
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the guy from cop 4x4 told me that aluminum was best for heat dispersion. I dont know where iron stands on that. The ARB cover looks good, but also is iron.
He's going to do my gears when I'm ready. The shop's covers look sharp, aluminum, thick, and have fins to help cool the oil.

I forget which ones I saw, but had flush mount Allen heads so you don't round the bolts from banging on rocks. Might be something to look at...
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My Riddler's are holding up well.

Just installed:


Now - front:


Rear:
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Those look good. Looks like it took a good hit.
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I'm going with these, as I'm swapping in a Detroit TrueTrac (Front) & 4.88 Nitro gears on the 26th. Fed-Ex ground should deliver them today. I bought them through Marcus at River City Off-Road
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The Riddler is a good diff. cover for the money. It is steel and very robust. I installed the ARB covers on mine with the Lubelocker gaskets. They are steel as well and have a very durable powder coating on them but they are a little more expensive than the Riddler. I would use the ARB again.

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I think any of the major aftermarket diff covers will sufficiently protect. Riddler and Teraflex seem to be a good value. ARB is more expensive than most, but that's what I chose because of the magnetic dipstick, recessed bolts and low profile. No regrets, but if I was tight on funds I probably would have gone with Riddler.
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The stocker and driving technique !

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our 2010 has got arbs diff covers



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What muffler are you running there? Does it weigh much less than the stocker? How does it sound? What's it made of? Thanks in advance.
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What muffler are you running there? Does it weigh much less than the stocker? How does it sound? What's it made of? Thanks in advance.
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MBRP Aluminum version, their cheapest. I paid 295.00

In my opinion, it's the best sounding muffler. It is considerably/noticeably smaller then the stock muffler.

No drone and not to loud.
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Poison spyder. Cast no lip heavy.
I believe Riddler and PS are the exact same cover ... I read that on the internet somewhere.

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Those look good. Looks like it took a good hit.
If you're going to play on rocks then things will get scraped. You can also see the lip on both front and rear has held up well. Fortunately I really haven't punished them as I'm typically crawling on the rocks - except for the scrape on the rear one - I was backing up and well I didn't see that rock.
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The stocker and driving technique !

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Hey Jimbo, in another thread I thought you said you have all kinds of nifty skids including diff skids?
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Hey Jimbo, in another thread I thought you said you have all kinds of nifty skids including diff skids?
I've got LCA skids/Diff skids (stock covers)/xfer case skid/tranny skid/oilpan skid/eswaybar motor skid/gastank skid/catconverter skjid/EVAP can skid













If it goes underneath--it's skidded-

I said STOCK DIFF COVERS--didn't talk about skids !

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...If it goes underneath--it's skidded-

I said STOCK DIFF COVERS--didn't talk about skids !

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At first I didn't think you were protecting your diff covers - which seemed odd based on the other thread, so I re-red it and saw you skidded them. Gotta have some protection!
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Differential Cover - Dana 44 - Bare Steel

Thats what I ended up going with.

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