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Old 12-07-2011, 07:58 PM   #1
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Differential Covers decision

I'm working to clean up the undercarraige of my Jeep. Looking at dressing up the Axles a bit. Thinking of stainless steel covers but they look a bit like chrome. Anyone else use any good looking covers? pictures?

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Old 12-07-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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mine looks great.......and it was FREE!! Now I just need to do the front to match.




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Old 12-07-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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wire wheel + paint.

in front, many aftermarket covers have a high likelihood of interfering with the track bar and causing major issues.
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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wire wheel + paint.

in front, many aftermarket covers have a high likelihood of interfering with the track bar and causing major issues.
One of these days I'm gonna have to pull the front springs/shocks, drop it on it's bumpstops and see what you mean.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:12 PM   #5
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I'm using warn diff covers. They are a 'half moon' which bolts over the bottom half of the diff cover - leaving stock clearances at the top half.
They are very tuff - taken some big hits with no probs.
Yeah, the front one is polished stainless and it's VERY shiny. I actually like it like that.
There, I said it.
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mine looks great.......and it was FREE!! Now I just need to do the front to match.



should of painted th bolt heads black to match the plug
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:55 PM   #7
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should of painted th bolt heads black to match the plug
I was going to do that but then I figured I would just mess them up using a wrench on them so I decided I could go back and do it after the cover was installed. I just haven't got around to it yet
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I just ordered Undercover Fabworks diff covers for my D30 and Ford 8.8. He was offering 25% off on his site.

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I like my riddler diff. I didnt do the best job painting it though
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:53 PM   #10
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Riddler here. Im keeping mine with the factory finish.
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Riddler here. Im keeping mine with the factory finish.
it's gonna hit your track bar. and there is no factory finish, it's bare nodular iron.

OP, heres your thread on JF...
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/di.../#post12637010
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it's gonna hit your track bar. and there is no factory finish, it's bare nodular iron.

OP, heres your thread on JF...
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/di.../#post12637010
No trac bar. Nor gas tank.

Somehow I knew youd post that lol
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No trac bar. Nor gas tank.

Somehow I knew youd post that lol
triangulated front uppers?

but normal people run front track bars...so you should post a disclaimer...you don't run a track bar, lol.
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triangulated front uppers?

but normal people run front track bars...so you should post a disclaimer...you don't run a track bar, lol.
Lol Yes, triangulated rear uppers, cell in the tub. Its going on the back, not front, but under normal circumstances and high pinion with a CV, that cover would hit the tank.

I know Riddlers are massive, but with the 8.8 covers, its the closest to stock clearances then any others.
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Lol Yes, triangulated rear uppers, cell in the tub. Its going on the back, not front, but under normal circumstances and high pinion with a CV, that cover would hit the tank.

I know Riddlers are massive, but with the 8.8 covers, its the closest to stock clearances then any others.
oh you're talking about the rear...thought that was a D30 front cover you posted a pic of.

i've heard they give nice clearance on the 8.8 but haven't measured it myself, so i'm skeptical. in the rear the track bar contact is usually the exhaust, the frame or the bracket, no diff cover issues there...besides the gas tank. when you install it - could you do me a favor and take a pic with the 8.8 Riddler and 8.8 stockers laying on a flat surface. get a side profile shot with a level across both & a tape measure of the difference if possible.

I did find a pic w/ google of a fabricated diff cover hitting a gas tank, to show the issue...


my riddler D44 rear used to rub the kilby skid like this. similarly, my friend had extended his rear lowers and the contact was real bad.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:02 PM   #16
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Its really nice when there is no track bar, and no tank back there. It makes for a easily accessible area, and plenty of room for any amount of articulation.

Imped knows, hes who I've got the idea from, its that awesome. First time I was under his Jeep it was impressive the amount of clearance he had, going a very similar route myself. Thus, the riddler. Lol.

##Edit, will do with the measurements and picture. Im sure you can use it often on the various forums. From the research ive done, its supposedly very close, not having done the comparison myself I cannot verify
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##Edit, will do with the measurements and picture. Im sure you can use it often on the various forums. From the research ive done, its supposedly very close, not having done the comparison myself I cannot verify
thanks, I will use it. if it's got clearance comparible to stock, good deal. if it's worse, then good deal too...people can avoid it if they understand. if it's better, good deal too

and last time I had my tank out I really wanted to redo the shock mounts. what a perfect time to do it....theres so much room it's amazing....especially on a LJ - could have a christmas party under there and invite friends.
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thanks, I will use it. if it's got clearance comparible to stock, good deal. if it's worse, then good deal too...people can avoid it if they understand. if it's better, good deal too

and last time I had my tank out I really wanted to redo the shock mounts. what a perfect time to do it....theres so much room it's amazing....especially on a LJ - could have a christmas party under there and invite friends.
Thats no joke lol. Its really easy to do clearancing and work on the rear of the Jeep with it gone. You can almost sit indian style in there lol
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I just got a new g2 front different cover for my Dana 44 and have already tested it a little it came with bolts and seal. It cost 108$ not bad and seams like good quality
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One thing no one has said, but you should really take into consideration is pulling the heat out of the gear oil. An aluminum diff cover will have the best thermal heat transfer of all materials you can choose. If you are going to an aftermarket diff cover make it functional along with nice looking and go with aluminum.
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Looks good! Does if make contact with the differential cover? Does it have a drain plug?



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Does the cover make contact with your tie rod or your track bar? iam looking for an after market cover for my 06 RUBIE..
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Looks good! Does if make contact with the differential cover? Does it have a drain plug?
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Does the cover make contact with your tie rod or your track bar? iam looking for an after market cover for my 06 RUBIE..
that G2 looks like the same mold as the Solid, Rockcrusher and maybe a few others. lots of track bar clearance problems, mostly associated with the rib thats at 2 o-clock.

found these with google...



here's my "Soli" cover...i had to grind half the front face off and weld it closed to clear a front track bar.

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Does heat transfer make that big of a difference?

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One thing no one has said, but you should really take into consideration is pulling the heat out of the gear oil. An aluminum diff cover will have the best thermal heat transfer.....

... and none of the mfg sites discuss heat transfer? Does it really make that big of a difference? I see diff covers made with everything from steel to aluminum to "nodular iron"...

Coated or Thickly Painted Steel can't be that good for heat transfer?
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that G2 looks like the same mold as the Solid, Rockcrusher and maybe a few others. lots of track bar clearance problems, mostly associated with the rib thats at 2 o-clock.

found these with google...



here's my "Soli" cover...i had to grind half the front face off and weld it closed to clear a front track bar.


I running Currie's junk up front and with saying that, it is massive in comparssion to stock. With that in mind what is the cheapest and strongest cover that will not create a clearance issue?
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I've got the Crown HD steering kit and the stock trackbar. I'd like to know if there is a cover that won't hit the track bar in the front and one that won't hit anything in the rear. I've yet to see any diff cover manufacturer make any reference to the track bar.


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I running Currie's junk up front and with saying that, it is massive in comparssion to stock. With that in mind what is the cheapest and strongest cover that will not create a clearance issue?
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I painted mine too, didn't even take it off to do it
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I just ordered Undercover Fabworks diff covers for my D30 and Ford 8.8. He was offering 25% off on his site.

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The cleargearz are crap...i used the d35 cover about 10 years ago and busted the crap out of it...dont waste time looking at it.
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Ox cover in the rear with no clearance issues.

Solid cover in the front that I had to grind down the front part that said solid. You can see it rusting in this pic. No issues with it now though.
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The cleargearz are crap...i used the d35 cover about 10 years ago and busted the crap out of it...dont waste time looking at it.
I have a D30/Ford 8.8 Undercover Fabworks covers sitting in my garage waiting to be installed.

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