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Old May 12th, 2013, 11:44 AM
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Anyone weld on a bolt on diff guard?


I have two bolt on terrafirma 5mm diff guards and was told once that one should not trust any bolt one diff guard, to weld.

My soon to go D2 has RTE welded on diff guards. No issues obviously - they are not going anywhere.

Anyone recommend welding the new terrafirma to the defender's diffs? Or, are the bolt-on diffs just fine? Anyone feel it is better to have them just bolt on "in case" you need to change them... My goal is to not have them ever fall off in use or just from time and vibration....assume I'll install them properly to torque, etc. Have seen these sorts of guards fall of Jeeps I know had good mechanics on them....

Thanks in advance. Sorry if this is an old question..did a search and found nothing on this aspect of things.

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Old May 12th, 2013, 12:35 PM
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I had bolt on Safari Gard diff guards. I ran them bolted on and every time they took a hit they popped off. Welded them on and had no issues at all. Weld them on.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 12:40 PM
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I tack weld all bolt on diff guards. Once you lose one on the trail and bash your diff you'll realize it's a good idea.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 06:53 PM
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Careful with the tack welds and their placement. Think about how the guards will shift when hitting rocks and make sure they are in stable placements before welding-- a simple tack weld could cause the point of failure if poorly placed and can either poke in or pull out holes in the diff if poorly placed. Mine are welded. For bulletproof, search sewer cap and/or contact Keith at Rovertracks (renamed to roving tracks)
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