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Old 10-28-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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Which differential covers for my 04 Rubi?

Hey guys. I'm looking to change my diff covers to some heavier duty ones. I have been reading about track bar clearance issues especially with the D44's. Has anyone found a good cover that works well?

I have been looking at the Riddler and ARB covers.

Thanks for the advice

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Old 10-28-2011, 05:25 PM   #2
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ive got an 04 rubi as well.i was thinking riddler but a buddy has the chrome warn guards that only cover the bottom half.i might go this route.should be enough protection without any trackbar issues...and hey,a little shiny bling never hurts.

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Half cover

I went with the purple cranium half cover, you can order it powder coated to match your jeep and it comes with stainless steel bolts...
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Riddler and ARB covers are some of the worst clearance diff covers for a TJ.

stick with the stock diff covers unless you want to introduce a host of clearance issues between the track bar in front and the gas tank in the rear. look into bolt on skids, like that purple cranium above, or Warn, or a Barnett/T&J cover.

read this if you don't get what i'm talking about.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/tj...it-fit-738948/
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:31 PM   #6
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I have UCF diff covers front and rear.
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ruff stuff,

with what ever cover you go with get lube locker gaskets. soooooo much better then RTV
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Riddler and ARB covers are some of the worst clearance diff covers for a TJ.

stick with the stock diff covers unless you want to introduce a host of clearance issues between the track bar in front and the gas tank in the rear. look into bolt on skids, like that purple cranium above, or Warn, or a Barnett/T&J cover.

read this if you don't get what i'm talking about.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/tj...it-fit-738948/
How about diff skids? Any clearance problems? Im thinking about going with rusty's diff gaurd skids.
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I went with the purple cranium half cover, you can order it powder coated to match your jeep and it comes with stainless steel bolts...
that would look nice on my yellow rubi
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ruff stuff,

with what ever cover you go with get a tube of black rtv. soooooo much better then lube locker gaskets
fixed it for ya.
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Riddler and ARB covers are some of the worst clearance diff covers for a TJ.

stick with the stock diff covers unless you want to introduce a host of clearance issues between the track bar in front and the gas tank in the rear. look into bolt on skids, like that purple cranium above, or Warn, or a Barnett/T&J cover.

read this if you don't get what i'm talking about.
tj front adjustable track bars for 0-3.5", does yours hit or fit? - JeepForum.com
hmmmm..i thought the riddlers werent to bad for clearance.thanks for the info.
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fixed it for ya.

you've never snapped a shaft on the trail then
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you've never snapped a shaft on the trail then
thankfully no i havnt...and hopefully i never do.
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I'm running the Nitro Gears Diff covers front and rear. No rubbing. They are tapered so that they are much thicker at the Bottom that at the top where most things will rub. In fact, I have the same clearance as the stock ones did. Also use the reusable gaskets.
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It does look nice, and it is on my yellow rubie....
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I love my UCF diff covers front and rear. No clearance issues.


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Hey guys. I'm looking to change my diff covers to some heavier duty ones.

I have been looking at the Riddler and ARB covers.
I wouldn't the double price for the ARB covers, and I have ARB lockers. They are pretty though.

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I have UCF diff covers front and rear.
UCF covers and Lube Locker gaskets here as well.

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I love my UCF diff covers front and rear. No clearance issues.


Mine look the same, and I've had no clearance issues either.
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I painted my rear cover black but with the front I just cleaned it up a little and used a satin clear coat and it came out pretty cool looking.
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That looks very similar the Mopar and Rancho covers I just looked at on Ebay. I like the drain and fill plugs that save you the trouble of removing the covers when you change the fluid. Do you think that there would have any clearance issues with a stock TJ?


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I'm running the Nitro Gears Diff covers front and rear. No rubbing. They are tapered so that they are much thicker at the Bottom that at the top where most things will rub. In fact, I have the same clearance as the stock ones did. Also use the reusable gaskets.
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Also, are the gaskets more reliable than RTV? Are you using Lube Locker gaskets? Thanks.

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I'm running the Nitro Gears Diff covers front and rear. No rubbing. They are tapered so that they are much thicker at the Bottom that at the top where most things will rub. In fact, I have the same clearance as the stock ones did. Also use the reusable gaskets.
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I checked the clearance of my track bar and gas tank. There seems to be plenty of Room for the Riddler differential cover. Therefore I have ordered these.

Okay, possibly dumb question here. When I get my new unpainted Riddler differential covers, do I need to paint the inside as well as the outside? Or do I just need to paint the outside?
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I checked the clearance of my track bar and gas tank. There seems to be plenty of Room for the Riddler differential cover. Therefore I have ordered these.

Okay, possibly dumb question here. When I get my new unpainted Riddler differential covers, do I need to paint the inside as well as the outside? Or do I just need to paint the outside?
you need to check at full bump. you can't tell much based on ride height.

what track bar do you have? stock or aftermarket?

what gas tank skid do you have? whats the lower control arm length? do you have an adjusted pinion angle for a SYE/CV shaft?

JKS vs Riddler, requiring 3.5" of bumpstop extension

...and thats a D30, the D44 is even worse.

stock track bar vs Riddler, requires bumpstop extension


Currie TJS/TJJ high clearance track bar vs Riddler:


More here:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/diff...ml#post1271781
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/tj...it-fit-738948/
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ruff stuff,

with what ever cover you go with get lube locker gaskets. soooooo much better then RTV
Where can you find these?

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