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Old August 18th, 2020, 15:45
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Diff covers

Iím looking to replace my diff covers on my 2000 XJ. Would like to put a heavier duty cover on. Looking for suggestions. I have a D30 and a D35.
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Old August 18th, 2020, 16:24
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Re: Diff covers

I like the ones from RuffStuff Specialties. 3/8" thick welded steel, simple and beefy. Have 3 of them on 2 different cherokees and like them. Not sure if they make them for the D35, though.

https://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com...IFFCOVERS.html
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Old August 18th, 2020, 16:39
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Re: Diff covers

x2 on RuffStuff.

I know they used to make a cover for the D35, won one in a raffle back in '08. He was willing to swap it for a D30 for me since I didn't actually have a D35.

If you can't find it on the website, you could always ask them about it.
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Old August 18th, 2020, 19:24
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Re: Diff covers

I will contact them, I didn’t see a cover for the D35.
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Old August 19th, 2020, 08:26
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Have you ever watched Gale Banks youtube videos where he tests aftermarket covers? Most of them made the diff run hotter, caused more aeration of the oil, and decrease the oil flow to the pinion. Especially ones with funky shapes and high fill holes that encouraged overfilling. I wouldn't worry about the diff cover unless you plan on rock crawling and bashing them against rocks.
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Old August 19th, 2020, 08:52
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Re: Diff covers

I was running a Rigid in front and a Ruffstuff in the rear but I recently changed to G2 for their drain, fill, and inspection plugs with magnets.
https://www.g2axle.com/pages/view/hammer
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Old August 19th, 2020, 10:47
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Re: Diff covers

I like the riddler and poison spyder covers. They’re thick and the hardware is recessed and they’re lower profile than Ruffstuff
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Old August 19th, 2020, 11:38
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Re: Diff covers

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Have you ever watched Gale Banks youtube videos where he tests aftermarket covers? Most of them made the diff run hotter, caused more aeration of the oil, and decrease the oil flow to the pinion. Especially ones with funky shapes and high fill holes that encouraged overfilling. I wouldn't worry about the diff cover unless you plan on rock crawling and bashing them against rocks.
Good videos. I shared them with a local Jeep group when we had a rash of folks wanting to get the fancy diff covers.
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Old August 19th, 2020, 12:51
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I was running a Rigid in front and a Ruffstuff in the rear but I recently changed to G2 for their drain, fill, and inspection plugs with magnets.
https://www.g2axle.com/pages/view/hammer
Those look good. I have to say, even though I like the Ruffstuff I'm running, I would seriously consider the G2's if I had to do it over again. The drain plug set up is nice.

Ron, are they lower profile than the Ruffstuff?
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Old August 19th, 2020, 14:24
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Those look good. I have to say, even though I like the Ruffstuff I'm running, I would seriously consider the G2's if I had to do it over again. The drain plug set up is nice.

Ron, are they lower profile than the Ruffstuff?
Yes, they hug very close to the ring gear like a factory one does. They've been on for about 1.5yrs now with lots of hard hits but no leaks but I'm also using the "Lube locker" gaskets.
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Old August 19th, 2020, 20:08
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Good videos. I shared them with a local Jeep group when we had a rash of folks wanting to get the fancy diff covers.
One of the more entertaining Gale Banks videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjumzxI-Kko
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Old August 20th, 2020, 08:16
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Re: Diff covers

I like the G2 covers as well.

I'd like one of the Gail Banks covers but I didn't see any listed for the D30 or Chrysler 8.25 last time I checked.
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Old September 6th, 2020, 18:31
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Re: Diff covers

I got my G2 covers from 4wheelonline. I love the
built-in fill/drain plug. It's very handy.
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Old September 6th, 2020, 20:16
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Re: Diff covers

Ruff stuff. Get a live locker gasket and their bolts. You’ll thank yourself. They’re having a sale now.
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Re: Diff covers

I bought a stainless steel cover for my Chrysler 8.25, to get rid
of that stupid rubber fill plug. Don't remember the brand, but it
came from Summit. Same shape as stock, but much heavier metal.
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