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Old 05-12-2013, 02:32 PM   #1
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Dented front differential plate

Alright, so doing minor cosmetic work and figuring out which fuse under the fender is for the stock fog lights and I noticed my differential is dented. Anyone have an idea on how to in deny this? David is telling me no off roading until I get it fixed . Get the license back next month and still no job. So...any help is appreciated . Also Chad and Ed, my phone decided to delete your numbers. Mind if I get them again?

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If you're asking how to "undent" the diff cover, well I would take it off and try to get the dent out with a hammer; however, I would be cautious doing so. I would probably only do this if stuck on a trail and not a daily driver.

Here is what quite a few 'experts' recommend, and it is what I am running: Heavy duty Dana Spicer differential covers

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Am I ok with still wheeling? Or would it be better to fix it (replace it)?
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I would fix/replace it before wheeling, IMHO. Bending the metal back-and-forth only weakens the material - like a paper clip, for example. It would just be tender and a bull's eye for something worse to happen. Just too risky...
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I would fix/replace it before wheeling, IMHO. Bending the metal back-and-forth only weakens the material -
I'd find out if it's rubbing on the ring gear. Then set it on the cement driveway, and beat it with a hammer. A little rattle can and it's good as new.
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Even after you straighten the cover you will most likely still need to replace it. It may not seal properly after being dented and then repaired. Heavy duty diff covers are relatively cheap and made by dozens of companies.

Differentials are low to the ground, Colorado is full of rocks, and ring and pinions are pricey to replace. Swapping out covers to heavy duty ones is something I highly recommend for anyone who wheels.
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Even after you straighten the cover you will most likely still need to replace it. It may not seal properly after being dented and then repaired. Heavy duty diff covers are relatively cheap and made by dozens of companies.

Differentials are low to the ground, Colorado is full of rocks, and ring and pinions are pricey to replace. Swapping out covers to heavy duty ones is something I highly recommend for anyone who wheels.
Is there a company you recommend? Unfortunately it's the stock 30. So not sure if I should wait for money to upgrade it to a 35 or get a cover now.
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I have 2 spare stock d30 covers. I will ship you one for cost if you need one and don't want to upgrade.
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Is there a company you recommend?

Must have missed this: Here is what quite a few 'experts' recommend, and it is what I am running: Heavy duty Dana Spicer differential covers

Essentially a beefed up stock cover with no track bar issues.
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I run the PSC cover with no issues.
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Ive got a HD Alloy USA dana 30 diff cover if you are interested.
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I run Riddler covers on my JK and Ruff Stuff Specialtie's covers on my CJ.
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Ive got a HD Alloy USA dana 30 diff cover if you are interested.
I've sent you a pm.
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I've sent you a pm.
Hmmmm try again I did not get anything.
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Riddler on my rig. Banged the snot out of it on several occasions. Very happy with them.
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Riddler on my rig. Banged the snot out of it on several occasions. Very happy with them.
I'll second riddler. Bomb proof.
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Riddler and the PSC covers come from the exact same forging/mold. So I guess all 3 of us agree
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Ive got a HD Alloy USA dana 30 diff cover if you are interested.
I have the Alloy USA on mine and the only damage I can do to it is scratch the paint. The Riddler cover does help to protect the bolts
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I have the Alloy USA on mine and the only damage I can do to it is scratch the paint. The Riddler cover does help to protect the bolts
That's what sold me at first but now I like their performance. I have hit them a couple of times and thought that I had to have broke it but down the trail I went....great investment.
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That's what sold me at first but now I like their performance. I have hit them a couple of times and thought that I had to have broke it but down the trail I went....great investment.
Good to know on both of your comments.
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I've got a stock D30 cover you can have for free; just come and get it. Came off a 2001 XJ I believe. This was from a donor axle I bought for the shafts. Not heavy duty, but free.
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I've got a stock D30 cover you can have for free; just come and get it. Came off a 2001 XJ I believe. This was from a donor axle I bought for the shafts. Not heavy duty, but free.
I would, but can't drive.
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I would, but can't drive.
i plan on ordering psc covers and when i do as soon as i can get a volunteer to install them and change my fluid you can have my front 1 for a subway sandwhich :-)
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i plan on ordering psc covers and when i do as soon as i can get a volunteer to install them and change my fluid you can have my front 1 for a subway sandwhich :-)
Yea Mike, and how do you propose I get to you? Considering you couldn't find me in Lakewood :-p
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Uh huh. Besides, I thought you enjoyed Chipotle more so lol.
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Uh huh. Besides, I thought you enjoyed Chipotle more so lol.
lol whicever is cheaper is my motto hehehe
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plus the sandwhich would mean u have to come on trail.
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But Chipotle is good lol. Ok, so end of June, I'll take your diff cover, buy you and I subway combo meal and I'll head to the trail. Deal?

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