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Unread 01-21-2013, 06:30 PM   #16
aufan
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Just did this a month ago......

Completely clean both surfaces with a gasket scraper and brake cleaner.
Check and make sure diff cover isn't badly warped from over tightening.
Apply 1/8" bead of Rtv ( make sure to use one that won't break down from gear oil)
Let it set up for a few minutes
Install cover and hand tighten bolts (very important)
Let this set for at least an hour or two( when I did mine it was 40-50 degrees outside so I let mine set overnight)
Next hand tighten down the bolts (make sure not to over tighten)
Fill with oil

Done!

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Unread 01-22-2013, 11:42 AM   #17
jserna
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Get a lube locker gasket and follow their torque sequence. It works perfectly.
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Unread 01-23-2013, 06:11 AM   #18
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Both ways work fine but for the little extra $ the lube locker sure was nice, no mess, no waiting, no worries.
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Unread 01-23-2013, 01:20 PM   #19
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I used RTV last time I changed my front fluid (couple times a year- was have mucky swampy trails with river crossings) I put the bead on then started to do something else for it to cure for a while.

The next day when I remembered I never put my ARB cover back on my front diff I decided against cleaning it all off and starting again. Figured it would act like a lube locker gasket (and hopefully not stick to both sides when I pull it again). Been several months and not a drip. :-) I did have a nice consistant bead though- if it had been a bad one I would have probably started over again.

Cheers!

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