Cheap effective diff armor for your rear axle (1 Viewer)

cruisermatt

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This is more if a old-school mod, haven't seen anyone do this in years so I figured I'd show it off a bit. I busted my rear locker on the Rubicon in August badly enough to puncture the housing with the locker. Lunchbox lockers for the lose. On top of this my rear axle had been taking a beating anyways.
Anyways I ordered up a 10" pipe cap, it was about $40 to my door. 10.0 STD CAP | Steel Supply, L.P.
It's 3/8" all the way through. Cut some off the bottom so that it sits correctly. Add a fill plug and weld it all up. It looks kinda bulky in pictures but in person it has a stock look. The side profile picture should show that it keeps the same profile as original.

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cruisermatt

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Yeah. I’ve got the front done already, I’ll get to the rear eventually. I’ll probably recreate the bracket and keep the cable on all hooked up just so the handle in the cab can feel good about itself though
 
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I really like the repair you made, it's nice and heavy duty, but the shape, and contours pressed into the factory center section sheet metal are there for a reason. Below is a video that shows what you're axle lube is doing when you're driving down the road, and why the factory goes to the trouble of pressing those different shapes into that cover.
 

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I really like the repair you made, it's nice and heavy duty, but the shape, and contours pressed into the factory center section sheet metal are there for a reason. Below is a video that shows what you're axle lube is doing when you're driving down the road, and why the factory goes to the trouble of pressing those different shapes into that cover.
Trust me, I've seen it, and I thought about it. It'll be fine. It still round inside
 

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