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JeepandMud 05-12-2013 02:32 PM

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?

Thanx

dwigs 05-12-2013 05:48 PM

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

JeepandMud 05-12-2013 07:05 PM

Am I ok with still wheeling? Or would it be better to fix it (replace it)?

dwigs 05-12-2013 07:41 PM

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...

Full Spool 05-12-2013 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by dwigs (Post 3748427)
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.

Goofyjumper 05-12-2013 10:23 PM

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.

JeepandMud 05-12-2013 11:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Goofyjumper (Post 3749069)
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.

GoldenSahara00 05-12-2013 11:56 PM

I have 2 spare stock d30 covers. I will ship you one for cost if you need one and don't want to upgrade. :thumb:

dwigs 05-13-2013 08:55 AM

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.

GoldenSahara00 05-13-2013 09:00 AM

I run the PSC cover with no issues.

COLOUJK 05-13-2013 09:52 AM

Ive got a HD Alloy USA dana 30 diff cover if you are interested.

Goofyjumper 05-13-2013 11:18 AM

I run Riddler covers on my JK and Ruff Stuff Specialtie's covers on my CJ.

JeepandMud 05-13-2013 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by COLOUJK (Post 3750357)
Ive got a HD Alloy USA dana 30 diff cover if you are interested.

I've sent you a pm.

COLOUJK 05-13-2013 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepandMud (Post 3750818)
I've sent you a pm.

Hmmmm try again I did not get anything.

Michigunman 05-13-2013 08:31 PM

SOLID. Inexpensive and solid! $65

Dana 30 Cover - Differential Covers - Spyntec Industries LLC.

Colo-TJ 05-13-2013 08:33 PM

Riddler on my rig. Banged the snot out of it on several occasions. Very happy with them.

G-Rocc 05-13-2013 09:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Colo-TJ (Post 3752473)
Riddler on my rig. Banged the snot out of it on several occasions. Very happy with them.

I'll second riddler. Bomb proof.

GoldenSahara00 05-13-2013 09:59 PM

Riddler and the PSC covers come from the exact same forging/mold. So I guess all 3 of us agree :thumb:

BV Jeep 05-16-2013 08:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by COLOUJK (Post 3750357)
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

Colo-TJ 05-16-2013 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by BV Jeep (Post 3761189)
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.

JeepandMud 05-17-2013 12:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Colo-TJ (Post 3763386)
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.

JFjeld 05-17-2013 01:07 AM

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.

JeepandMud 05-17-2013 01:45 AM

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Originally Posted by JFjeld (Post 3764390)
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.

mo1416 05-17-2013 11:43 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepandMud (Post 3764430)

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 :-)

JeepandMud 05-18-2013 01:37 AM

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Originally Posted by mo1416 (Post 3767536)

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

mo1416 05-18-2013 02:10 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepandMud (Post 3767751)
Yea Mike, and how do you propose I get to you? Considering you couldn't find me in Lakewood :-p

:hide:

JeepandMud 05-18-2013 11:59 PM

Uh huh. Besides, I thought you enjoyed Chipotle more so lol.

mo1416 05-19-2013 12:17 AM

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Originally Posted by JeepandMud (Post 3770120)
Uh huh. Besides, I thought you enjoyed Chipotle more so lol.

lol whicever is cheaper is my motto hehehe

mo1416 05-19-2013 12:19 AM

plus the sandwhich would mean u have to come on trail.

JeepandMud 05-19-2013 01:48 PM

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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