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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.

Ymmv
 

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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.

Edit: Surf beat me to it lol
 

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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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Personally I am re-looking at this http://www.rocky-road.com/titandiffguard.html since I have a m226.

My shrock diff cover has done its job though. No real complaints. When I put it on a few years ago I didn't even have to re-seal since I didn't take off the original cover. The best? Not sure. Functional? Yes.
 

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Looking at that BTF m226 cover -- looks sweet.

But it says you have to assemble it yourself -- ? Do you guys all know how to weld, or do you just find a local shop?
 

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Looking at that BTF m226 cover -- looks sweet.

But it says you have to assemble it yourself -- ? Do you guys all know how to weld, or do you just find a local shop?
You are looking at the build your own kit. They also sell it as an assembled unit.
 

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Ah, gotcha. My bad -- thanks!
 

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my last bit of info on steel vs aluminum, for the most part for scraping rocks they will perform about the same (although aluminum is easier to bend) where steel outshines aluminum is its impact strength. if you drop down hard on your diff and hit steel it might flex or bend a little but no big deal, aluminum cracks then your stranded somewhere on the trail waiting for jb weld to dry lol. so I will always recommend steel lol.
 

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which one are you running then? I assume the PRG cover.
Yup. Anything can be destroyed and maybe this one is more prone to breaking, so far I haven't hurt it though.

Sounds like the steel ones are cheaper, might as well. At the time I bought my PRG cover I was towing my 4K# travel trailer so a big aluminum heat sink appealed to me:eek:ccasion5:
 
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