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Unread 07-23-2011, 11:08 PM   #1
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G2 Dana 44 differential cover

Anyone have one of these? I am kind of looking for a cover for the rear axle that has a higher fill plug for my rotated pinion. Would appreciate anyone's opinion. I believe it is cast aluminum. I am wondering if there is potential for it to expand/contract differently than the steel/iron housing on the axle? Not sure how thick it is.

I might be able to source this one locally is the only reason I am interested.

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Unread 07-24-2011, 06:20 AM   #2
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bump for the morning crowd. I believe this is made by smittybuilt?? Also, think I saw "Made in USA" on one of the sites last night.
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Unread 07-24-2011, 06:37 AM   #3
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I'd suggest the nodular cast iron diff covers, since thats what the axle housing is made of - like Solid or Rockcrusher. Poison Spyder, Riddler & Crane also qualify, and you probably have enough bumpstop extension in the rear to keep them from hitting the gas tank if the LCA's are stock length, but others might not.

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Also keep in mind you can get a 3/16" thick stamped stock cover from the junkyard out of pretty much any late 70s/early 80s Chevy, Dodge or Ford with a D44 front.
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Unread 07-24-2011, 08:59 AM   #4
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I'm not a fan of anything that's supposed to be armor being made of cast aluminum and would personally never buy anything made by Smittybilt. They are a steal-a-design-and-outsource-to-china company.
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Yep G2 is the "house" brand for Crap wheel parts. You cant go wrong with the ones Unlimited04 mentioned, I have used these on 2 Dana 60's I've had and on my current Dana 44 and 8.8....never an issue and they do have the higher fill plugs http://www.bluetorchfab.com/Product/...ial-Cover.aspx

I know mine is on the front, but you can get an idea of the fill plug location (hiding behind my tie-rod). You would order the Ford one if you wanted the higher fill hole.
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Inquire from G2 if they still have there iron covers.They were made by Riddler!! Identical in looks and $15 bucks cheaper.I have there iron one's on mine.
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Thanks for all the input. Like I said, I was only interested in the G2 one cause I can buy it today and install it so I can get to work tomorrow. I just got back to town and am am going to put the OEM one back on and just probably disconnect the upper control arms to rotate my pinion back down for filling with the stock cover hole being where it is.

I thought about putting as much fluid in where it is, and then driving to a steep hill to get it angle right for topping it off. I'd guess I could get about a quart into it and then would have to drive about a mile to the hill that would allow me to get the 2nd quart into it. Bad idea?? I just hate disconnecting control arms some times.
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Try jacking the rear end up to get more fluid in.
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Try jacking the rear end up to get more fluid in.
Yep, I'm looking at that right now. Have 4.5" springs and a tummy tuck so, it's kind of angled.
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I have the G2 hardened aluminum cover you were asking about and haven't had a problem with it yet. It had taken some nasty hits and drags. It came as a freebee when I got the axle. Would I have bought it, no. With that said, I've been impressed with it so far.
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If you're looking for something with a higher fill plug then check out the ARB covers. The plug has an incorporated dipstick for checking fluid levels also.
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