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Old 03-04-2014, 09:49 AM   #1
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ARB differential cover Dana 35

Is anyone running Dana 35 ARB rear differential cover and have any issuse with them? Im looking to fill the gear oil from the top of the cover rather then middle of case like Oem. Also like the idea that it has the magnetic dip stick to check level and drain hole to drain old oil. After doing SYE the rear pinion (differential) has a steep angle pitch now and it seems very difficult to add gear oil without spilling out of fill hole and can't top it off. Very messy with adding fluid.

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I thought the factory hole was where the fluid was supposed to be filled to, so when it starts coming out you know it doesn't need anymore.

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I thought the factory hole was where the fluid was supposed to be filled to, so when it starts coming out you know it doesn't need anymore.
this is true, however it only applies to when your pinion is at a more or less stock angle. with the addition of a lift, TT, slip yoke eliminator, etc, your pinion can be cranked up quite a bit, to the point where the hole in the stock cover is now to low to adequately fill the differential.
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Good point, maybe just park on a downward grade when filling your diff, lol.
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Is anyone running Dana 35 ARB rear differential cover and have any issuse with them? Im looking to fill the gear oil from the top of the cover rather then middle of case like Oem. Also like the idea that it has the magnetic dip stick to check level and drain hole to drain old oil. After doing SYE the rear pinion (differential) has a steep angle pitch now and it seems very difficult to add gear oil without spilling out of fill hole and can't top it off. Very messy with adding fluid.
just weld a piece of plate over the old hole and drill a new fill plug hole up higher.

that's free to do, and you won't run into clearance issues with a big fat aftermarket cover.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:30 AM   #6
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Did some research. Going with a company called solid axle. SOLID Differential cover. They make strong high fill hole Dana 35 differential cover for $ 65 with life time warranty. Looks great and strong we will see. Also going with lube locker gasket this time. I dont want to keep using rtv sealant messy and cut time by not having to scrape old stuff off.

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