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Old September 17th, 2005, 12:16 PM
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Underside Steering Protection

I need to start thinking about protecting my steering parts. Can some of you guys give me some ideas and possibly some pis of your protection?
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Old September 18th, 2005, 11:04 AM
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Rovertym steering gear.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 12:52 PM
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So, the Rovertym steering gear is just a beefy set of steering components correct ?

Do they make any 'guards' or anything like that ? Didn't see anything on their website.


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Old September 18th, 2005, 02:18 PM
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Rovertym??? Southdown or Mantec without a doubt
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Old September 18th, 2005, 03:58 PM
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Rovertym??? Southdown or Mantec without a doubt
Ah yes... Do tell... I really am curious as to what's the best. I know Mantec from the rear tire carrier on mine, but not Southdown. I'll have to check 'em out.

Been crossing my fingers every time I go through an unknown water crossing, and there's nothing but swamps down here. It's neat though...

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Old September 18th, 2005, 07:23 PM
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So, the Rovertym steering gear is just a beefy set of steering components correct ?

Do they make any 'guards' or anything like that ? Didn't see anything on their website.


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They only make steering gear. No guards. Ask Hippert about his southdown plow.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 09:05 PM
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If you have an ARB Brush Bar, Rovers North makes a 10 MM skid plate that really works pretty well. It covers the front tie/track rod and steering damper, but the back on is still exposed.

I have the Rovertym Tie/track rods and they are very strong. I have bent the back one, but was able to straiten it.

The Southdown guard steering/diff guard in my opinion is very shovel like. I think if you could combine one of their other guards in front of it, like AB shows in it's catalog for the disco, then you might be ok. But my buddy has it, and it digs into everything. And if you are going into swamps, you are bound to get a mess off stuff tied up in it.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 09:13 PM
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you can have my southdown plow for a case of guinness plus shipping
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Old September 18th, 2005, 10:10 PM
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Ok, I probably won't get the SouthDown.

So the Mantec will probably be the route unless anyone else has input.

I did some searching for the front diff guard for Mantec and came across 2, one from the Mantec site, and one from RoverAccessories ... They both say they are made by Mantec, but what's the difference... or were there just different 'series' of diff guards they produced ?

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Old September 18th, 2005, 11:13 PM
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I like Rovertracks tie rod, a sewer cap and the Rovers North steering gaurd. And yes it's not Southdown, it's South PLOW!
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Old September 18th, 2005, 11:43 PM
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Hey Jimmy, if your offer's real I just MAY take that Southdown.

After reading all of this now I'm wondering...the RN is the same shape as Southdown, just with holes. The Mantec has more of a slope and looks less plowish but I prefer steel. RN doesn't even list how thick it is, hmmm.

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Old September 18th, 2005, 11:53 PM
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Southdown Ax guard is nothing like any of the other diff covers on the market. The huge positive is that it's the only axle guard on the market that offers protection to both the front and back of the front diff as well as the rest of the axle. The huge minus as other pointed out is that because it spans the entire axle at the same height, it will act like a plow in some cases of deep mud, cresting sand or snow. I originally ran one on my disco but took it off for the same reasons but as I started getting away from mud and sand for more rock and woodland trails, I put one on both my Disco as well as my D90 since I was not really wheeling in anything that would cause the plow effect.

There was one other guard for the front that basicly covered the entire front diff like the Southdown rear diff guard does but I only saw prototype pics of it, cant remember who was making it and even if they were going to make a public run of them.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 11:53 PM
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this is a good setup for your protection needs......oh yes built with pride in Langley BC Canada


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Old September 18th, 2005, 11:55 PM
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Almost all the steering guards are the same. they pretty much are just plates, bolts up to take the higher blows.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 12:00 AM
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Wait a minute...are we talking steering guard or axle guard? And which Southdown is the plow? I was looking at their steering guard.

Rockware also makes a diff/axle guard.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 12:24 AM
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Sorry.. Tyler got the topic thrown to axle guards. The "plow" the girls are talking about is a Southdown diff/axle guard, NOT their steering guard.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 01:25 AM
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I have the steel Mantec steering guard. It does a great job of protecting the steering dampener. Rover Tracks makes a good beefy upgraded steering system (tie rod, panhard rod, drag link). For the diff guards everyone likes the Mantec ones, they are very strong, I just installed the QT guards, I liked them because they went front to back of the diff and bolted onto welded tabs.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 06:49 AM
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Hey Jimmy, if your offer's real I just MAY take that Southdown.

After reading all of this now I'm wondering...the RN is the same shape as Southdown, just with holes. The Mantec has more of a slope and looks less plowish but I prefer steel. RN doesn't even list how thick it is, hmmm.

???
Arthur mine is the axle/diff gaurd.If you want it,free if you pick up.
You can just see it in the pic below just behind the steering gaurd



http://www.southdown4x4.co.uk/grafix/90FRNTfeather.jpg/
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Old September 19th, 2005, 07:17 AM
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Sorry.. Tyler got the topic thrown to axle guards. The "plow" the girls are talking about is a Southdown diff/axle guard, NOT their steering guard.
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http://www.southdownusa.com/axle.html plow
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