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Offline markus68

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diff cover or skid?
« on: March 27, 2017, 09:08:24 PM »
Cant decide best way to protect diff and not lose too much clearance.....Are you guys running stronger covers (ARB, etc) or skids over factory covers?
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 09:41:06 PM »
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2017, 09:46:50 PM »
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2017, 09:52:32 PM »
Rob, thanks for posting up that sight,  I'm ordering up a front, and maybe a back.
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2017, 09:57:06 PM »
Solid definitely has the best bang for the buck.

I'm a big fan of lube locker gaskets too.
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2017, 10:04:15 PM »
Rob, thanks for posting up that sight,  I'm ordering up a front, and maybe a back.


I have one on both ends
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2017, 11:02:42 PM »
Go with the Solid for the rear Diff, check your track bar and tie rod clearance for the front Diff cover - MY TJ has a Riddler low profile cover and I only have about a 1/2 clearance with my upgraded steering and track bar...
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2017, 06:59:33 AM »
Stock steering on a D30 should make it over a Solid Cover even with an upgraded 1.5 dia tierod.
I'm using the same original Rockcrusher cover (before there was Solid) with chunky steering.
The only bummer with that cover in front is that the Hex of the bottom bolt gets ground in half by rocks.
Weld a piece of stock to it to remove it as a socket will be useless..lol
Just don't neglect that.... bolt that's all.
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2017, 07:05:39 AM »
I'm running Riddler covers front and rear for clearance issues I had with steering and clearing my gas tank skid.

When you say "skid" do you mean a guard over your cover like Bad Apple?



OR a slider like this?

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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2017, 07:19:06 AM »
I have a skid and I'm not really a huge fan of it. Get a cover unless you get a skid that also protects the yoke coming off the diff, but at that point you're usually talking some $$$$
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2017, 07:31:14 AM »
I run a lower half cage on the front and a heavy cover on the rear . To address the bottom bolts being damaged by rocks.  I counter sunk the bottom bolts on the thick 44 cover and used allen head bolts. That way they are mostly hidden. The guard on the front i welded short pieces of tubing to surround the allen heads.  A lot of front covers have clearance issues with flipped or larger tierods .   FjR68

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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2017, 07:33:54 AM »
The Black Jeep has a cover in front and a drag skid in the rear.  I like that combo because I know where my front diff is most of the time and if I'm going to hit something with it it's going to be head on. 

I seem to get the rear hung up much more often(especially the boat anchor in the BYS) and back it into things trying to get it off rocks, and then bang it in the front trying to get back over the same rock.
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2017, 11:29:27 AM »
I've got the skid/slider in Rey's picture.  I've been running it for a couple years, and it works well, but I'm going to be removing it in favor of a Poison Spyder cover.  I've learned you can hit the skid hard enough to bend the front lip, possibly to the point of not being able to get at the bolts to remove it. It also likes to collect debris.
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2017, 12:36:02 PM »
Skids also lower your diff contact with rocks and can actually hold you up.  Diff Cover is all you need.  I run the Solids.
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2017, 01:38:07 PM »
I'm running a Poison Spyder cover. It's definitely beefy!
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2017, 04:21:19 PM »
I have a skid and I'm not really a huge fan of it. Get a cover unless you get a skid that also protects the yoke coming off the diff, but at that point you're usually talking some $$$$

I've got the only d44 skid that I know of that protects that pinion yoke and it doesn't protect the diff cover.

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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2017, 06:36:20 PM »
I really wanted the Poison Spyder diff covers but that was just because I like the logo. However, after pricing out Solid and Poison Spyder it was easy to pick the Solids. The Spyders are $94.00 each for bare metal or $104.00 for black powder coat for the 30 & 44. So, $184.00 for the covers (bare metal, would still need to rattle can them) plus shipping came to $240.00...yeah, 56.00 for shipping!! So...I went with the Solids...should be here tomorrow!!

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SKU       SA30
PRODUCT   Dana 30 Cover
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SKU       SA44
PRODUCT   Dana 44 Cover
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2017, 07:01:21 PM »
Dang my guy would have done the PS coated shipped for under 2 bills. That's still a better deal though.
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2017, 08:32:24 PM »
cover it is....
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2017, 04:48:22 AM »
The prices on the website are good, but if you talk to Eric directly (I hit him up on IG) he usually cuts deals. Best part they are in Massachusetts so anything in stock I get in a day or two.

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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2017, 08:18:12 AM »
thanks ill check them out....do they have solids?
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2017, 11:25:15 AM »
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2017, 11:28:57 AM »
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2017, 11:40:33 AM »
Just an FYI.   

The fill holes are higher then in a stock cover.   So don't refill until the fluid come out. 
You are overfilling it at that point.
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Re: diff cover or skid?
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2017, 11:43:52 AM »
The sticker is the best part


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