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    In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover

    Looks like I've dented, and possibly punctured my front diff cover, so I'm in the market for a Dana 30 diff cover. I'd say that my requirements are that it be under $150, and have a fill hole.

    I'm replacing stock, and don't know much about them, but from what I've read, cast iron is recommended.

    I'm not really a fan of having a huge log on my cover, however the poison spider one does look cool. What does everyone think of these:


    https://www.amazon.com/Poison-Spyder...132313&sr=8-20



    https://www.amazon.com/DV8-Offroad-D...132313&sr=8-10




    https://www.amazon.com/RuffStuff-Spe...3132313&sr=8-8



    The DV8 fill plug looks much higher than the others. I'm now sure if I actually filled up to that plug, if the fluid would leak down my axle tubes, and out or not.
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    Re: In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover

    I just noticed that the DV8 claims it is for a JK with Dana 30 (I have a 2005 TJ). I didn't realize they were different. The other ones don't mention what year Jeeps they are for, only that they are for the Dana 30.
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    Re: In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover

    Amazon claims this is the #1 best seller, and it's for JK & TJ front diffs

    https://www.amazon.com/Yukon-Gear-yh..._t4_B01M0DXAQI



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    Re: In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover

    Something to consider.

    Will the track bar hit it when articulating?



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    Re: In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover

    Cheaper mixed variety.

    2005 JEEP WRANGLER 4.0L L6 Differential Cover | RockAuto


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    Re: In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover

    Thanks for the tip. I just bought the Spicer cover from RockAuto - I like to drain and fill holes, and it looks pretty good. It was a toss up between the Yukon and Spicer, as they both look pretty good.
    Just by eyeballing it, I think the Spicer may have a bit more clearance for the trackbar though.

    In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover-jeep-diff-cover.png

    More Information for DANA 10023534

    https://www.amazon.com/Spicer-100235.../dp/B01MF6D03D


    What fluid do you recommend? I do have an Aussie locker in the front (lunchbox locker). In the past I've used Mobil 1 80w-90.
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    Re: In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover

    Conventional 80W90 unless you tow distances or live in HoT climates.
    Add trac loc if you have limited slip.

    D30 1.8 qts
    D45 2.0 qts



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    Re: In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover

    I'm pretty happy with the results.
    Off with the old

    In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover-1.jpg

    In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover-3.jpg

    The new cover if beefy and has a plethora of drain / fill plugs

    In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover-2.jpg

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    The only fault I can find is that the drain plug hangs a little lower than I'd prefer. We'll see if that ends up being an issue.
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    In the market for a front Dana 30 diff cover

    Last pic looks like the track bar might rub @ full flex. I could be wrong. Check it in a controlled setting. Like on a lift. Better to find out now than on the trail.

    Drain plug??
    Hit it with some paint you clean out later. OR, Just drain like you did last time.




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