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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-14-2003, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Explorer 8.8\" diff cover?

i was hooking up a trailer harness on my friend's 91 Exploder and I noticed his 8.8" cover is not like ours... it is like 1/2" thick at the bolts and they are recessed! I didnt get too much chance to study it but it seemed like it'd hold up to scraping over rocks better than the Bronco covers, and if the main body of the cover is thicker it might even take some impacts (doubtful but worth a look). Has anybody ever come across such a beast? It definitely peaked my interest as my crappy cover about cost me a rear end last trail ride [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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Re: Explorer 8.8\" diff cover?

Hmmm, I have not seen that. Has your friend owned this since new? If not, I suspect that's aftermarket. If someone can prove me wrong, that's great though, that would be worth looking into.

Dang it, Muddy, why didn't you go crawling under there taking pics? [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Re: Explorer 8.8\" diff cover?

I know, it's about once a day now that I wish i had a digital camera [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

I dont think he's owned it since new but I doubt it's aftermarket on a stock Exploder that's never been off the pavement... [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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Re: Explorer 8.8\" diff cover?

the crown vics also run a different cover.
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Re: Explorer 8.8\" diff cover?

The reason the diff cover is so thick is that it is made out of plastic. Some vehicles had some problems with
these covers because they would crack and leak, so beware.
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Re: Explorer 8.8\" diff cover?

I was gonna say it almost looked plastic around the bolt holes but I figured <font color="blue">FORD</font color> wouldnt do that on the axle of a 4x4.... damn was I wrong! [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
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Re: Explorer 8.8\" diff cover?

Ah haha, [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

plastic just like the syncros in a superduty 550 manual [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img]

Not ford! [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

Dont get me wrong, still think fords the best but they sure pick the wrong places to cut corners sometimes [img]images/graemlins/chair.gif[/img]
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Re: Explorer 8.8\" diff cover?

OK, well that solves that.

But hey Muddy, think about this....

You slap one of these on, bring a spare (it's plastic), and some spare oil. The next rock that crunches it will certainly crack/break it, but in driving it into the ring gear, no damage!!! [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

Slap the next cover on, new oil, and good as new. [img]images/graemlins/bs.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/chairfall.gif[/img]

I guess by this thinking we should also go ahead and do this with gas tank skid, bumpers, sliders, etc.
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Re: Explorer 8.8\" diff cover?

muddy, just go crazy with the torch and welder.
i had two of these done in under 3 hours, and for under $22 for the pair

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Re: Explorer 8.8\" diff cover?

the semester is over so i have no torch and no welder now [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] I'm hoping to find a summer job tomorrow... that has to happen before I can buy anything. I was gonna see if you have to be ASE certified to mount tires at Sears, if not hopefully I can get a job over there and torque peoples' lug nuts to 400 ft lbs so they'll never get them off again [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Anybody have other ideas? What's a red shirt at AutoZone have to know to work there? (sure as hell doesnt seem like they have to know much [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img])
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