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Old July 15th, 2010, 01:56 PM
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Weld on diff covers

Is there any reason for me to worry about welding on diff covers. I see that people even weld on the clamp on ones. I worry about mud and water getting trapped in there and causing rust. Do you leave the bottom open so that it can run out? I have never seen a pair up close so was just wondering if that is a concern with them. More rust is the last thing I need.

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Old July 15th, 2010, 02:24 PM
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my rovertym one has a hole in the bottom.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 02:35 PM
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My experience is that the hole is easily clogged and generally sucks.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 02:41 PM
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Its a pretty big hole. So far I haven't seen it suck anything.

Not it isn't perfect. But the notion that the diff pan is going to magically turn to iron oxide powder the instant you weld the thing on is a bit chicken-littleish.


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Old July 15th, 2010, 03:24 PM
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Cut the whole thing off and weld on something differerent...
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Old July 15th, 2010, 03:39 PM
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I can't imagine how the hole would not get clogged... perhaps if you were really good about cleaning it out after every time you saw mud. For me it was easier to take it off to clean it out

On the other hand... the bolt on ones can seriously shift and possibly come off with some good hits...
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Old July 15th, 2010, 04:12 PM
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The holes on my RTE diffs are big enough to put your finger into and easy enough to access if you need to unclog. You could certainly paint them with POR-15 if rust was a concern.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 07:28 PM
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Thanks for the comments, I have had such a battle with rust and spent a small fortune repairing and replacing rusted out parts that I am a little leary about it. I am amazed at how quickly things rust on the Rover.

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