after seeing the aluminium diff cover thread in tj tech, and seeing some post of why they are cool, but not needed, and that the stock covers are good enough with minor reinforcement.
i thought to my self the stock cover gives the most clearance between the trac bar the the cover so why not run an adjustable trac bar and the stock cover?
well everyone says that the stock cover may as well be tin foil, thus why not just beef it up, most of us have axcess to a welder, or a friend who has one, if not there are a couple of companys that sell stock covers than they have welded plate on to the lower half. thse still give the trac bar all the clearence possible, and are reinforced for those who drive by brail.
also i thinks its a load of crap saying that a cover beefs up the housing, it may be true but will you really stress the housing to the point that it will crack and that an aftermarket cover(riddler, crane, ect) would of saved it(if you can prove me wrong with pics and facts do so)
i also have never seen someone that has hit the upper half of their diff cover(please prove me wrong) thus if you run a beefed up stock cover you will be protected and have tons of clearance for the trac bar.
now i know that we all have our own solutions and reasons why ours is the best.
for me i dented my stock cover this past black friday while at rausch creek while on snakebite, thus i picked up a stock cover from the junkyard for $10 and this summer while i do my yearly fluid change im gonna beef up my new cover with some scrap, some new bolts to hold it on and some spray paint to make it look nice. i will also have tons of clearance for my new currie trac bar and i will still have only extended my my front bump stops 3/4" for a 3in lift
for those of you who have modified, their aftermarket covers, thats fine as i will be modifying a cover that cost me $10 and than maybe $10 in scrap steel, thus i can make 5 covers for the cost of your one cover that you than have to go and modify
this is my solution and if you can prove to me that it will not work do so with pics
2.5L Low Output #923
White Jeep Club #923
1997 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L AX-5 D30/35 4.10 gears
31in Wildcat A/T's
I would be as nervous as a virgin on prom night if I had to drive that