Diff Cover Upgrade vs Diff Skids vs both?

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Yeah, I don't blame you for wanting to avoid that particular rabbits hole. The Metalcloak front cover doesn't play well with a lot of track bars.

Where are you headed to in November? I too am looking to hit the trails very soon. I've just been trying to complete a certain minimum of modifications before my off season begins and I can leave new york. I'm heading to Rausch creek and AAOA in PA.
Lol. Heading to Rausch Creek for two days. 101 on Sat 21 and 201 on Sunday 22! We were there two weeks ago for green guided! Lots of fun. Got a Badge of Honor for trail 11. Super fun.





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Lol. Heading to Rausch Creek for two days. 101 on Sat 21 and 201 on Sunday 22! We were there two weeks ago for green guided! Lots of fun. Got a Badge of Honor for trail 11. Super fun.
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I just bought the rancho rock front diff skid plate for the dyna 44 Rubicon. I am installing it next week. The mechanic said that sometimes when you remove the 4 bolts on the cover, you can get leaks. I am hoping that this doesn't happen. From what little I know, if the cover starts to leak you have to drain the diff, remove and reseal, bolt it back up and refill the diff. Has anyone had this issue?
 

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I just bought the rancho rock front diff skid plate for the dyna 44 Rubicon. I am installing it next week. The mechanic said that sometimes when you remove the 4 bolts on the cover, you can get leaks. I am hoping that this doesn't happen. From what little I know, if the cover starts to leak you have to drain the diff, remove and reseal, bolt it back up and refill the diff. Has anyone had this issue?
I don't see why you'd need to drain it if it leaks a little when you remove those bolts. These axles use a reusable diff cover gasket. The old style was to use RTV to seal the diff cover, so in that case, yes you'd want to remove the cover as the RTV would not be sealing anymore.

With the re-usable gasket, just tighten it all back up when you get your diff skid on and top off the diff fluid. Chances are, it won't leak. Those gaskets seal pretty good and you usually have to knock the diff cover a few times with a mallet to break the seal.
 

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I don't see why you'd need to drain it if it leaks a little when you remove those bolts. These axles use a reusable diff cover gasket. The old style was to use RTV to seal the diff cover, so in that case, yes you'd want to remove the cover as the RTV would not be sealing anymore.

With the re-usable gasket, just tighten it all back up when you get your diff skid on and top off the diff fluid. Chances are, it won't leak. Those gaskets seal pretty good and you usually have to knock the diff cover a few times with a mallet to break the seal.
I recieved my Rancho front diff skid and all the bolts and brackets were missing. I don't need it till 11 21 and Northridge4x4 was super helpful and fast with helping. Shoukld have my parts this week.
 

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I recieved my Rancho front diff skid and all the bolts and brackets were missing. I don't need it till 11 21 and Northridge4x4 was super helpful and fast with helping. Shoukld have my parts this week.
I was lucky. The bolts and brackets were in a separate bag. Now to get it installed.
 
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Has anybody installed the metalcloak diff skid plate with the Dana Advantek cover on the rear? I wonder if there is an issue with the ribs hitting the skid plate.
 

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Has anybody installed the metalcloak diff skid plate with the Dana Advantek cover on the rear? I wonder if there is an issue with the ribs hitting the skid plate.
I haven’t, but I saw a picture of it somewhere on the forum just yesterday. Sorry, I can’t remember who or which thread.
 

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Has anybody installed the metalcloak diff skid plate with the Dana Advantek cover on the rear? I wonder if there is an issue with the ribs hitting the skid plate.
I have the ARB diff covers, which are pretty thick, and still have plenty of clearance from the Metalcloak rear diff skid. The skid extends a decent amount rearward of the cover, before it angles up. You should be good.
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I have the ARB diff covers, which are pretty thick, and still have plenty of clearance from the Metalcloak rear diff skid. The skid extends a decent amount rearward of the cover, before it angles up. You should be good.
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Thank you. Pic was very useful.
 

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Anyone have issues with the Metal Cloak front dif cover/skid combo and Rock Krawler suspension (aka the trackbar in this case)?
 

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Anyone have issues with the Metal Cloak front dif cover/skid combo and Rock Krawler suspension (aka the trackbar in this case)?
I have that exact setup and no issues. I had the Metal Cloak cover powder coated and there is no visible marks on the cover or the trackbar from any type of contact. I really like the Cloak cover and skid as it is a minimalistic type of setup. I've hit the Cloak skid very hard plenty of times and it works perfectly. I have the Next Venture rear skid, but don't think the front Next Venture full coverage is needed.
 

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