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Old June 8th, 2010, 08:56 AM
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can I use any Dana 60 cover ?

Need to replace the Salisbury cover. Will any Dana 60 work? I ask because I see different applications for the Dana 60 that look different.

Can I use this:

http://www.the-jeep-guy.com/AXLE%20&...aw%20Cover.JPG

or this:

http://www.amazon.com/1966-UP-Dodge-...6000128&sr=1-5


I don't want a rock beater, just a basic cover, trying to avoid chrome although they're apparently the cheapest .
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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:33 AM
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Old June 8th, 2010, 10:03 AM
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Oh, no...it can't be something as simple as salt. This is Rover world where the most stupid things are common.

I had an ongoing leak in the cover so took it off, cleaned it up and RTV'd it back on. Let it sit for a few days to cure and went to refill it yesterday. Well, I'm threading the fill plug and I get no resistance - again. This happened the last time I changed the oil and it dropped right in, hence my need to replace the cover.

So, I had another plug and tested it on the cover while it was off and it took fine. Well, when I tried it on the installed cover, as I said, little resistance. Teflon taped it and got it somewhat snug but it was a bit deep. Remember that.

Now I'm swapping trucks out of the driveway, pull the 110 all the way in, am about to put a pan under it to see if it still leaks and what do I find? NO FILL PLUG. Plus, the fill hole was bent.

Yep, the diff carrier hit the plug and dropped it inside. WTF?! All that work undone by another stupid fill plug. Took the cover off again and the fill plug showed on small nick, so no damage done - except to the cover. Too bad as that RTV really took hold, it was a bitch to pry the cover off this time.

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Old June 8th, 2010, 01:11 PM
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If you don't need a heavy duty version go to the Ford dealer and get one for the front of a '97 F350 4x4. They are thicker than the Salisbury versions as a bonus.

D60 covers use 3/8 bolts and Salisbury use 10MM so you may have to clearance the holes. If the cover uses Sockect head cap screws the heads are not the same size 3/8 vs 10MM so if they are counter-bored you could run into trouble.
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Same thing ! I got an ARB cast iron one and fitted right in there. I like the magnetized dipstick and easy clean up plus its a real solid cover .

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Too funny, I was just going to ask the same question!
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Old June 8th, 2010, 02:53 PM
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I've purchased two different Dana 60 diff covers from two different manufacturers/vendors over the past year. Put one on the front Salisbury and one on the rear Salisbury, both worked fine, no problems. I'm also using the Dana 60 lubelocker diff cover gaskets, so far so good on those as well.
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Same thing ! I got an ARB cast iron one and fitted right in there. I like the magnetized dipstick and easy clean up plus its a real solid cover .

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Pat

Thanks for the info I had been wondering if it would fit. I just ordered one should be here late week.

Thanks again
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Old June 8th, 2010, 03:50 PM
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Keith- Thanks but I'm finding this cover with 12 bolts not 10 as here:

http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/199...ial_cover.html


Dan- Can you list from whom you purchased and what? I only need rear but others may find the front useful. Thanks for the lubelocker plug. I am definitely sick of scraping!
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Old June 8th, 2010, 05:43 PM
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For a front salibury, you need a cover with a higher fill hole than on the rear - function of the way the oil is sprayed. Also I ended up putting my axle breather on the diff cover (original axle had it that way) - if you do you need to put a splash guard on the inside to keep oil from being pushed up the breather.
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It has to be the Front axle, that's the rear, a 10.25" Sterling.

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Keith- Thanks but I'm finding this cover with 12 bolts not 10 as here:

http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/199...ial_cover.html


Dan- Can you list from whom you purchased and what? I only need rear but others may find the front useful. Thanks for the lubelocker plug. I am definitely sick of scraping!
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Keith, have you used the ford front on a sals rear? I looked at one and compared it to the sals orig... there is a differance in the depth of the ford one compared to the sals one.... the ford one was shorter and might hit the crown gear??????
unless the one I looked at was from a different year....

Did you by change keep the part #?
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My friend went ARB on his Salisbury.... http://www.arbusa.com/Products/Diffe...-Cover/66.aspx Watch the video...
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PN and cost on the ARB unit?
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PN and cost on the ARB unit?
Ron I ordered one yesterday it should arrive today I will let you know the part number if it works.

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Keith, have you used the ford front on a sals rear? I looked at one and compared it to the sals orig... there is a differance in the depth of the ford one compared to the sals one.... the ford one was shorter and might hit the crown gear??????
unless the one I looked at was from a different year....

Did you by change keep the part #?

No part number in memory but it's a straight up F350 4x4 cover 1997.

No issues with the crown wheel, it also eliminates the hump at the bottom of the sump like on the Sali cover that I always tend to dent.
I've never bent a Ford cover but then I don't go backwards very often on the trail.
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PN and cost on the ARB unit?
http://www.arbusa.com/uploads/PDF/ac...evroletGMC.pdf
PN 0750001

There is something required for the bolts. Not sure the details... They might be a different thread, so you need to get your own.

------ Follow up post added June 9th, 2010 02:26 PM ------

Apparently.... http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...d.php?p=117251

My friend mentioned that the M10 allen head bolts are a tight fit in the cover and can do with a slight turning of the heads, at least the bolts he purchased.
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Old June 9th, 2010, 05:08 PM
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This one looks good. Right shape, flat bolt holes, thick:

http://completeoffroad.com/i-123392-...ds707233x.html
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Pardon the dumb question, but isn't the rear cover at least welded on, or do I have a different axle? Mine rusted through (originally a midwest truck..) in a small spot and I repaired it w/ JB Weld because I couldn't swap it out easily :-) I thought about welding on the sewer pipe cover repair at the time but then got distracted by other things... this was a couple years ago...
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Different axle.
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