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Old 02-28-2008, 06:42 PM   #1
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Which Diff Covers ?

hello.

which diff covers are the best? i donīt know if i should buy the poison spider customs or ARB covers (each 150$) or the cheaper rugged ridge covers (100$ each).

thanks for your help.
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Check out the ones here. Me likey. www.ruffstuffspecialties.com I think he even ships over seas.

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hello.

which diff covers are the best? i donīt know if i should buy the poison spider customs or ARB covers (each 150$) or the cheaper rugged ridge covers (100$ each).

thanks for your help.
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Check out the ones here. Me likey. www.ruffstuffspecialties.com I think he even ships over seas.
the arbs look cool as heck but for the price, i'd get the ruffstuff covers. you can even get it with a drain plug for $5 more
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thanks for your answer.
but i have a in store credit at 4wd.com. thatīs why i want to order there.
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Well then you should word your post to state which covers that 4wd.com sells are the best.
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Well then you should word your post to state which covers that 4wd.com sells are the best.
sorry i forgot that.
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thanks for your answer.
but i have a in store credit at 4wd.com. thatīs why i want to order there.
In that case. I would either get the "solid" or "riddler" diff covers. I have a solid (formerly rockcrusher) up front and a riddler for my d44.
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http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=41121
http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=41123

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http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=14415
http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=14413
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the solid covers look very strong. and they cost 50$ less than the ARBs.
is it worth to pay 50$ more for a drain plug?
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the solid covers look very strong. and they cost 50$ less than the ARBs.
is it worth to pay 50$ more for a drain plug?
thats for you to decide

when ever I change my differential fluid, I like to check out everything to make sure nothing is messed up, so i wouldnt get one with a drain plug. but it does sound nice to not have to mess with cleaning and reapplying rtv every change
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the ARB covers look a bit better than the silid covers. but is this worth 100$ more for both?
the dollar is actually very cheap for europeans. when i did my last order in october i got 128$ for 100 euros. at the moment i get 152$ for 100 euros. thatīs why i think i should order as much parts as i can afford because i think that the dollar will become stronger in the next months.
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thats for you to decide

when ever I change my differential fluid, I like to check out everything to make sure nothing is messed up, so i wouldnt get one with a drain plug. but it does sound nice to not have to mess with cleaning and reapplying rtv every change
I agree with your checking the condition of the gears, but wouldn't you get heavy shavings or debris in the drained oil if there was a problem ?
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this is what i run in the front of my tj

http://rustysoffroad.com/mm5/merchan...egory_Code=DIF

it weighs 8.5 pounds and has a slightly higher oil capacity. and its only 55.00 bucks. it realy shows its quality when you pick it up
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the dollar is actually very cheap for europeans
I dont know man, the value of the US dollar has been going down steadily. I remember few years ago 1 dollar was like almost 2 euros.. Ever since the war started it has been going down very steady.
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i think iīll buy the ARB covers. they look very strong to me.
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i like the arb covers becaus of the drain and dipstick. i got the alloy usa ones becaus they were 5/16 in 1018 steel and it was 55.oo bucks. i didnt have 300.00 dollars to spend on diff covers but if i did i would have gotten the arb ones
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solid diff covers is what I would get. Thats what i'm getting.
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this is my solid cover i love it and it came with all the hardware and even RTV i couldnt see spending the $ for the ARB one i like it don't get me wrong

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Heres my look at the RockCrusher now Solid.
http://www.links4jeeps.com/writeups/RockCrusher30/

Here is ARBs. Watch the Video its pretty cool.
http://www.arbusa.com/dana-differential-cover.php
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I thought this to be a very interesting read. I dont plan on shooting my cover any time soon, but it to a .454 to hurt it.
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one more question.
do i need more diff oil with the ARB covers than with the stock covers?
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You don't have to use more lube, but with the higher fill plug it allows for your pinion angle to be steeper.

I personally use a little more in my RockCrushers, but not to the fill plug level. Your ARB will have a dip stick, which is pretty cool. I held one yesterday and it is very impressive.
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so to ask a silly question: What did you do the stock one's to make you want to upgrade to aftermarket ones? Or is it a just cuz I want them, which is fine too.
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a friend broke his stock front diff cover and damaged his locker in the diff on that way.
i donīt want that. the lockers, gears and installation was too expensive.
spending 150$ to protect the diffs sems to be the better way IMO.

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a friend broke his stock front diff cover and damaged his locker in the diff on that way.
i donīt want that. the lockers, gears and installation was too expensive.
spending 150$ to protect the diffs sems to be the better way IMO.

i agree its a lot cheaper in the long run to just get a good diff cover than rebuild a whole diff
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cheaper in the long run
most likely be cheaper in the short run too
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i did my covers before i did anything else
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Thumbs up I personally prefer the Ruffstuff Cover!

They are the strongest made this side of Chromoly and the only cover made from 3/8" plate! They have a 100% guarantee and they are prettier



They are welded inside and out and then are machined flat, don't even think a cast cover is stronger, just more expensive! And we do not try and retire from every sale like some do........

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