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Old July 16th, 2005, 12:56 PM
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Rear diff replacement options

I broke by rear diff last weekend. Appears to have bene due to impact on the rear cover (yes i own a rear diff guard, but didn't have it on at the time ). I just don't learn


http://lhsw.com/gallery/reardiff

So what are my options, ranging from just replacing with used stock to to new/rebuilt stock to upgrading to an ARB locker and upgraded shafts?

Unless there are some really good deals out there, this might just be academic as I'm low on cash right now, but I'd like to see what everyone thinks.

I dont think I have the skills (without help) to rebuild it myself properly.

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Old July 16th, 2005, 03:23 PM
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That happened to ours about 6 years ago and it was a great time to replace it with an ARB. The ARB's are usually about the same price as all the stock parts anyway and you get it locked at the same time. No reason to not do it really, that's the way I see it at least. Or you could just buy this

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=5892 I would if I could right now.
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Old July 16th, 2005, 04:38 PM
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I saw this on ebay earlier today...
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Old July 16th, 2005, 05:54 PM
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Welcome to the club! I broke a few of them! Just throw a stocker in there for now unless you want to buy axles and a Detroit, or just an ARB and take it easy on the useage. GBR will be the best bang for the buck as far as a new diff with locker, then I would get some Rover tracks Axles, or just leave it stock and open for now.
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Old July 16th, 2005, 06:57 PM
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You should be able to buy a stock diff and R&P for $100 tops.
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Old July 16th, 2005, 07:43 PM
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Ron, are you saying the entire assembly, including the pinion etc like what's on ebay there?

Got any links? Thats right up my alley.

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Old July 16th, 2005, 07:54 PM
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You might also try Will Tillery in Richmond. He may have a couple assemblies laying around.
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Not the housing, just the guts.

With housing figure 150-200
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Old July 17th, 2005, 08:11 AM
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Charles, do you need a housing also? Or just the diff?
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Old July 17th, 2005, 12:21 PM
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I just need the diff. My concern is how hard is it to *properly* install it and whether I am up for the job. Around here it would cost me more to have someone do the work than to get a complete unit, that I know.

I'll do some searching to see exactly whats involved.

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Old July 17th, 2005, 08:27 PM
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Charles, if the diff is already setup, its a piece of cake to install. I've swaped the rear diff a couple times now. Getting it setup is something I would probably get a pro to do. If you go with GBR, they are all setup and ready to put in. YMMV.
If you can find a 4pin, thats the way to go esp in the rear. With a locker was only a bit more than the open 4pin carrier when I was looking around. Or do as Hippert said find a stocker cheap (for now).
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Old July 19th, 2005, 12:35 AM
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Thanks JB

Will has a low mileage complete stock assembly at a good price, so I'm going for that.

Thanks for the tips guys.

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Current Info. on Differential Options???

Hey folks,

Been a couple years since this was discussed. Is there a more current post that talks about ALL the stuff GBR sells now. Detroits are auto lock right? Need new axle too? Who has what in their defenders? Any failure of the air systemi n the ARBs? Anybody done a poll?
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Old July 10th, 2007, 10:55 PM
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Rear Diff

I have two 40k spares that I bought for this reason. I am going to be in Loudon County this weekend. I want the $150 I paid for one. If you are interested my cell is 410-200-4386. I think Will Tillery moved his operation down to South Boston- he's a great resource. I've bought a transmission and transfer case from him.
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Doug, if you are directing this at me, that was a year ago and I'm all set thanks. Shake is in CO. Will is in SC or SC afaik

Shake - stock diffs all the way. Cheap to replace. Would like ARB one day though.

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Do you get a little more capacity in the diffs with those pipe caps?
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I found GBR's website easy to read and understand. After I read what they had to say on their site a couple times I called Bill at GBR and talked shop. He says it like it is. I ended up deciding to have them build me a front and rear diff with a truetrac and detroit combo. Bill's advice was no upgrade of axles b/c i'm only running 33's. I've had no problems on the road or the trails. I think they're as tried and tested as much as anything else out there. If I was planning to run larger than 33's and going extreme I'd consider going ARB and upgrading axles and CV's, but honestly, I don't see the sense in going extreme in a defender. Makes more sense to me to do that in a dine-a-dozen jeep.

just my 2 cents.

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but honestly, I don't see the sense in going extreme in a defender. Makes more sense to me to do that in a dine-a-dozen jeep.

just my 2 cents.

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Hey Buck,
You normally explain this stuff pretty well. I just don't get it. Hear stock is cheap but when I shop for new, they are close to the same price as ARBs. And then I guess they don't come with gears...Huh?
Seen mention of 411 gears to help with mountains. Don't the differentials come ready to install?
I don't want a rock crawler...Mostly daily driver and mountain trail access.
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Hey Buck,
You normally explain this stuff pretty well. I just don't get it. Hear stock is cheap but when I shop for new, they are close to the same price as ARBs. And then I guess they don't come with gears...Huh?
Seen mention of 411 gears to help with mountains. Don't the differentials come ready to install?
I don't want a rock crawler...Mostly daily driver and mountain trail access.
Ah man,

I was completely cool with just being a smart ass in this thread. PM me with exactly what you want, where you are now, and what tire size you are running and I can run down all your options starting with cheapest to best.
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