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Anyone know where I can get the actual gasket/seal for this side-plate?
(yes I know I could silicone it, but would prefer not to)

What is this plate called?
Is the seal part of the plate, or is it replaceable?
Can't seem to find anything on it.

This is the side plate on the driver-side front differential that essentially must be removed to replace the cv-axle seal.

(photo courtesy Corsemoto)
 

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In all my searches through parts list I have yet to find any listing for a gasket for that side plate. Almost everything I have come across just uses RTV sealant.
 

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In all my searches through parts list I have yet to find any listing for a gasket for that side plate. Almost everything I have come across just uses RTV sealant.
Now I am also looking for that side seal plate.
Did anybody ever find a source?
I have my van in a local shop, and they want to replace it, but cannot find the part.
Also,how about the internal axle needle bearing thatr suuport the stub shaft?

Rod J
Issaquah, WA
 

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The side plate is pretty much unobtainium unless you pull one from the junk yard.
Be very careful trying to replace the seal. The plate bends quite easily.

If you do go the junk yard route for a replacement. Keep the old one.
I would be interested in getting it done up in cad to have some made in aluminum plate..
 

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Side plate is available from the dealer, or at least was semi-recently when I got mine for BB. You can often just clean that seal real good and re-use it, otherwise the new plate will come with one.

 

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Yes, apparently no longer stocked at the dealers in the Pacific Northwest.
I have another plate I just removed from another diff, and will try to install a new seal ( NAPA #NOS 15552 @ $13.49).
I have proper tools to replace it, unless I mess it up. :oops:
I just thought if there was a known ready source, I might wait.
Rod J
Issaquah, WA
 

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It's a shame that the whole assembly/plate isn't available now. Just replacing the axle seal is also a good option, if you clean up the plate really well it should seal again, otherwise RTV is an option.
 

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Copperfiremist salvaged the plate, and installed a new seal...along with the new support needle bearing and a new axle.
Problem solved for now. I will do the same for my spare plate. I already have the new seal, but now ther is no hurry.
Rod J
Issaquah, WA
 
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