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01-05-2012, 09:30 PM

I ordered a RuffStuff Dana 30 3/8" Differential Cover (http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/catalog/D30COV.html) for my 1998 Jeep Cherokee.


Tonight I installed it!

I got all the options.

Drain Plug
Counter Sunk Holes

http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/catalog/graphics/00000001/D30%20Diff%20cover.jpg (http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/catalog/D30COV.html)

First things first... Paint it RED!!!!


Now while it's drying lets get that sad stock Dana 30 diff cover off...

Removed all the bolts, leaving the top one in by just a few turns.


Then time to whack it from the side with a rubber mallet! Have the pan ready!


Them there are some 4.56 gears! :D

Clean up the surface. I used a wire brush.

Test fit! I read that there can sometimes be fitting issues and I thought it was best to find out BEFORE I put the RTV on the cover. :D

Now back off and a quick cleaning before putting on the RTV...

Carefully placed the cover on the Dana 30 pumpkin and finger started all the counter sunk bolts.

Filled with 2 bottles of Royal Purple gear oil and put the plug in!

Whether it's crushing zombie heads, or bouncing off rocks, this diff cover is going to take the abuse. The Dana 30 might not, but I'll be able to move the cover over to the new axle if/when that occurs! :shocker:

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02-11-2012, 08:06 AM
nice, i just got there 8.8 cover. pure beef

02-11-2012, 08:52 PM
nice, i just got there 8.8 cover. pure beef

Yep, I was so impressed with it, I came really close to ordering the C8.25 for the rear, but then I calmed down and remembered all the other stuff that is waiting to be put on or done to the other two Jeeps in the family. I'll get there though.

02-12-2012, 12:26 PM
I'm torn between picking up the front and rear for my XJ from them or another company.. They both make some pretty beefy products.. I've been looking at the Ruff Stuff covers for a while now.. so will most likely go with them..

10-13-2012, 08:30 AM
Just ordered RuffStuff covers for front and back, D30 and F8.8. How much do they weigh? That much 3/8 steel ain't light. I ordered ARB lockers but their covers are pricey and they don't make one for an F8.8

01-06-2013, 05:54 PM
Looks cool.