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    DIFFERENTIAL COVER/SKID/GUARD recommendations?????

    Hey all,

    Looking for your recommendation on diff guards for front and rear. I know that there are a tonne out there......which one is the best bang for my buck???

    ARB, RANCHO, SOLID, PoisonSpyder etc.....
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    Solid are good if you don't have clearance issues. I know on my TJ I did, and if that's the case for you, you may want to consider a guard that bolts on over the lower half of the factory cover.

    Other than that, I don't think it matters.

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    The very best there is... period.

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    if your going to do some hard core rock climbing get aheavy solid cover.

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    hey dre those are what i'm talking about . Look bomb proof

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    I'm running ARBs and I've smashed them a couple good tomes and it only scratched the red coating + all the cool features like the dipstick and the super strong magnet drain plug.

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    those Great Lake covers are sweet.

    But Here's what I put on mine. The casting works as the skid because the outside doesnt have the usual bolt flange. The bolts are recessed. I've put mine thru hell and back and all I've done is scratch the paint

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    TMR covers are awesome. You can plow through rocks with confidence, and not even give it a second thought. And, they are a Canadian company.
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    I got Ruff Stuffs Front and rear. Top Knotch work, and actually tested "Bullet Proof" over most other covers.
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    GLO! from experience

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    Re: DIFFERENTIAL COVER/SKID/GUARD recommendations?????

    Personaly ill be picking up TMR covers in short order to replace the skids that came on my new axles
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    The Rokmen covers are no doubt a quality product too. When I was doing some research and looking for covers, the ROKMEN demonstration/add (vid) bothered me a bit back when I 1st viewed it. If only the rocks that break stock diff covers from blunt force impacts were perfectly round, fillled with air and coated with rubber like the tires in the demo... and if only those rocks would rest themselves ever so evenly and gently, in a controlled manner, like most of the vehicles did when running the cover over... It didn't seem like a very accurate simulation.

    Now, If they had of done some demos of their diff covers both laying flat AND supported in a verticle positioning, and/ or dropped rocks/bolders (of different shapes, various sizes and weights at increasing impacts, or G forces) on top of the diff cover, then I'd of been able to relate their demo with the typical environmental abuse I see diff covers go through.

    Nothing was deflected off of the cover and their demo didn't offer side by side comparisons between their diff cover and some of the other leading brands... For all we know, the GLO, or a few others could have held up beyond the point where the ROKMEM finally failed. Their add kind of bothered me as much as the Sham WOW commercials do... So, I guess my problem is with their demonstartion and not neccessarily about the cover itself.

    That said, no doubt their HD covers are very durable and that I'm clearly in a bad mood this morning...

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    Shooting hollow point bullets at diff covers and comparing it to plowing into a rock face at WOT in front of a 4500lb rig are two different things.

    I think the OP is looking for first hand real world experience, and not opinions based on the readings of 4 wheel offroad magazine.

    The TMR, GLO, and a few others are based on the same designs. 3/8-1/2 lip and 3/8-1/2 body (depending on manufacturer) with a machined mating surface.

    This design is "Bulletproof" to say the least, and my experience tells me that it will outlast a cast unit.

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    We sell the Rokmen ones have had no issues what so ever. They come unfinished so you can paint them any color. They include RTV sealent and all no hardware.
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    I have 2 Ruff Stuff covers from TMR Customs and beat the crap out of them a couple weekends now. I stopped dead from 10km/h with my 5000 lb Jeep on the front dif cover a few times and tested the welds on everything. It was very jarring and only minor scuffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisbuilt View Post
    I have 2 Ruff Stuff covers from TMR Customs and beat the crap out of them a couple weekends now. I stopped dead from 10km/h with my 5000 lb Jeep on the front dif cover a few times and tested the welds on everything. It was very jarring and only minor scuffs.
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    'Nudder vote for the TMR covers .... I got one, tested it in Ardbeg a couple of times now .... other than a few scuffs on the surface finish, no problems. THUMBS UP TO TMR !
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    I like the TMR ones but they are a bit pricey. I'm going with a SOLID one personally. But I dont plan on taking a rocket blast on my diff when the Zombies take over.

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    I have Ruffstuff on mine, look great and super heavy duty. All thier stuff is superb. Good prices too, downside is they are SO far away. Think I''ll check out TMR for my new project
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