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Diff Cover Difference (thickness)

A couple of weeks ago when I started building a D44 rear I ordered a used Diff cover for it because I thought the one it had was bent. Turns out the one I have was not bent. but it was too late to cancel the order. Oh well it was only $20. Well yesterday it showed up. I took it out to the shop and cleaned it up a bit. After looking at the one I had from the axel, and the new one I couldn't believe the difference. The one I got in the mail was about twice as thick. And seriously more rugged. When compaired side to side it makes the one I had look like tin foil.
What gives with this? I thought one diff cover was the same as the next? I guess I was wrong.

Just for the record. The one I had from the axel was a D44 from an 88 Grand Waggie.
I have no Idea what the one I got yesterday was off of.

I just thought I would post my discovery for anyone out there building a D44 from a waggie. There is a better diff cover out there. IF you spend the money on the guts of the axel. Mise well protect it with the better cover.
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Re: Diff Cover Difference (thickness)

Normally a front cover it wayyyyyy thicker then a rear cover.

Now from what i have seen, ford uses the thickest front cover.
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That makes a lot of sence. The front is more likely to get bashed on something. From what I can tell by looking at the two side by side I can see no reason not to use this thicker (rugged-er) cover on the rear. When I get a D44 front I will use a thick cover there too.
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Where did you get the used cover. I have been looking for a nice beefy front cover for my D44, and haven't found any.

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Leon Rosser carries some VERY stout stainless steel diff. covers. I bought 2, 1 for a D-44 and 1 for a
D-60. Both were roughly twice the thickness of the stock component.
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Re: Diff Cover Difference (thickness)

I got my April 2003 copy Of Peterson's 4wheel & off road, yesterday and they have an article on the strengths of diff covers. They try running a bulldozer over them, it's an interesting piece. L8r,



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Re: Diff Cover Difference (thickness)

I got the diff cover from a user on a full size Jeep forum http://www.ifsja.org/index.shtml I just posted a note on the parts wanted forum and someone said they had one. I guess I lucked out by getting a front. But now I know. The guy I got mine from goes by CrazyJeepMan and he sells a lot of good parts over there.
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