I'm looking to upgrade my diff covers but one thing concerns me, the trackbar clearance, specifically the stock trackbar since I'm not going to replace the trackbar until I do the suspension later this year.
I'm between two covers at the moment.
The first is the ARB one.
The other one I'm looking at is the Riddler
Does anyone have any experience running either with the stock track bar?
I know that the Riddler/Poisen Spyder (same cover, different name) have the best clearance for any diff cover, and will not rub the track bar, but there was ONE instant when it rubbed someone's track bar, but who knows why it rubbed his and no one else's. the ARB on the the other hand, I have not researched them much, but they do look like they would rub and I heard somewhere about saying that you can't run them if your on a stock setup, but again, I HEARD, I have no proof. If it was me, I would get the Riddler, they have the best clearance, best slide over angles, and are cheaper, yet still extremely strong so it's a win all the way around. Good luck.
If I were to do it again, I'd probably go ARB. Changed my diff fluid last weekend and was thinking how awesome having a dipstick would be. Makes it easier to test your fluid level, check for contamination etc.. plus, we already know kurtzs issue with the trackbar on his riddler. Plus.. you can skip the paint job.
I have the riddler now, but the dealership is installing a new axle for me under warranty, so I will go with ARB and sell the riddler. The riddler fits fine. I like the dipstick on the ARB which is the reason I am going with it, but the riddler is a solid well made cover. They come raw so you need to get them powdercoated. I did it myself, but if you don't do DIY powdercoating, factor that into the cost. You can rattlecan it though.
The other thing that I'm noticing is that the Riddlers don't have a drain plug? Or am I missing something? When you change the fluid do you have to pull the cover off?
The drain plug is located on the housing itself, which is why the riddler (and most covers) don't have one. ARB adds one for you, but it isn't necessary. With the ARB drain plug, you can get maximum drainage on the trail. On the stock housing, the drain doesn't drain 100% unless you are on level ground, and jack the jeep slightly to the pass side to get it all out.