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post #1 of 78 (permalink) Old 01-17-2015, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Which Diff Cover

So who makes the best m226 diff cover for protection without any issues so to speak? PRG, Ballistic Fab, blue Torch Fab, ARB, Shrock, am I missing any? please post your opinion and why. does anybody even have the ARB cover? haven't seen anybody with it.

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I went with blue torch because it is steel and a full cover.

Shrock is not a full cover. It goes over the stock cover and thus sticks out further, and also only covers half the area. (Plus they are a very dishonest company, but I digress)

Prg and ARB iirc are aluminum. Aluminum and mashing against rocks are not a smart idea, imho. Aluminum diff covers are better for heat dissipation such as on rigs that tow a lot, vs rock crawling.

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I run BTF (blue torch fab) and like it a lot, I have drug it over a lot of rocks and it has held up well. I will recommend this one or the ballistic fab one because it actually replaces the cover with super thick steel. Prg is aluminum I think (I prefer steel for armour) and shrock is just a diff cover skid as apposed to a full replacement cover.

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yeah forgot to mention I currently have the shrock cover on my c200k axel, but hopefully by march I will have the m226 swapped in and I want to get that done right the first time around.

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The ARB cover has not been out very long to my knowledge. 4X4 parts added it in August or so with not being available till Nov. and RR added it in November.

I have the Ballistic Fab and like it. Install was close since mine was in one of the first couple runs when there were clearance issues between the cover and the E-locker.


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There are many personal opinions as to which differential cover is "best."

There are individuals who experienced fitment or leakage issues with some of the brands, particularly when the cover in question was a prototype or new to production, others who installed the same cover with no issues at all, and still others who purchased a later version of what had been previously reported as a poorly made or ill fitting cover who are totally satisfied with their purchases. Therefore, you should keep all anecdotal evidence you find on the Internet in its proper perspective.

I purchased a Blue Torch Fab (BTF) cover. It was shipped promptly with all of the necessary fasteners. It is well made, fits properly, and does not leak. I am satisfied with my purchase.
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^^^ Robert just reminded me, my BTF arrived in exactly 1 week from ordering it. Thats pretty amazing in the world of some of the competition.

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I have the Ballistic Fab, with the Mag Hi-Tech gasket. It fit perfectly, looks great, stout as hell, and with the gasket....dry as a bone. Highly recommended!
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Don't be too worried about the ARB or PRG covers. They are something like 1" thick at the bottom. Mine has held up great. I live in the NV desert, nothing but rocks.

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