Chrome diff cover

Chrome diff cover

Postby wallace [OP] » February 13th 2011, 8:55pm

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Todays project! Change the diff cover to a chromed one. I probably have to much time on my hand but I cant stop wrenching on the Safari. Still I think the rear looks better...sorry to say but I couldn't find a cover with drain plug, I think this have been up on the forum before.
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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby 93xtmoney » February 13th 2011, 10:54pm

So let's get the lowdown on it. Where to buy, how much, how hard is it to change over? Thanks for the pics.
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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby Philly758 » February 14th 2011, 12:56am

Looking good!

I'm not sure you'd see my diff cover behind my 2" hitch, but I may be replacing my cover since it has quite a bit of rust flaking off and I'd like to get in there with fresh fluids anyways. I'm more interested in the bolts, did those come with the diff cover, or did you get them separate? Did you use the gasket that came with the cover, or some RTV? Also, what gear oil did you end up putting in there?
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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby Mr_Bowtie » February 14th 2011, 2:03am

Looks sweet! I love your Van from behind. :rockon:

Oh ya the weather looks really nice there too...... :banghead:
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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby wallace [OP] » February 14th 2011, 2:07am

Hi

The cover came with bolts and gasket. I only used the gasket, no RTV. Just cleaned the surface from old gasket. Bought the cover from summit racing, the brand - Mr Gasket. Cost around 34 dollar. There are several chrome covers to choose from, some a bit pricey.

The installation is straight forward, make sure you can remove the fill plug before you pop the cover. I used 80w-90, nothing fancy. Its a messy job but very simple.

I shouldn't tell you this but I took many pictures during the replacement. When I was finished I noticed that the camera didn't have any memory card...
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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby wallace [OP] » February 14th 2011, 2:21am

Yeahh! The weather in Texas/Dallas this weekend was perfect, very nice. Last 2 weeks we had some crazy snowstorms. Schools where closed, stores ran out of fresh supply. The roads had a thick crust of ice. It was really cold some days, 14 degrees in Dallas with plenty of snow, thats pretty strange.
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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby Philly758 » February 23rd 2011, 2:21am

Well, you inspired me. Picked up one of these ( http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp ... 2339369___ ) for about $7 after some discount codes. My diff cover is in worse off shape than the rest of my axle, the axle still has some factory black paint and the diff cover is flaking pretty bad. So I figured if I had to take it off the change the fluid, I might as well change the cover out. Chrome would be overkill for mine anyways since my hitch will cover it for the most part.

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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby chevy57bert » February 27th 2011, 3:32pm

wallace wrote:sorry to say but I couldn't find a cover with drain plug.


Someone told me he had a drainplug set for a axle.
The plug goes in to the housing. just needs drilling a hole and thread. ( it`s way better to get all the junk out)
It`s a complete set with drill and tap and plug..
Just guess what I`am going to do next week ???
I take some pic and post them here..

looks nice Wallace. But you don`t see my cover.. Van is to low just it`s gonna be Black paint..
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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby alexalexanders » February 27th 2011, 5:48pm

Looks great!
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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby wallace [OP] » February 27th 2011, 6:01pm

Nice chevy57bert! Looking forward to see the pictures.
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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby Philly758 » March 1st 2011, 3:37pm

Finally got around to changing mine last night. Can't really see it with the hitch, but for $7 and not having to clean up the old rusty one when I changed out the fluid, I think it was worth it. Pictures....

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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby wallace [OP] » March 2nd 2011, 7:59pm

Thats very nice! Well worth the 7 bucks for a new cover! :clap:
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Re: Chrome diff cover

Postby Mr_Bowtie » March 3rd 2011, 1:35am

$7 very well spent. I need to fix my rear end leaky cover and I might have to spend $7 too.
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