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10B Diff Rock Guard or SkidPlate

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 88Silverado, Jul 5, 2004.

  1. 88Silverado

    88Silverado 1/2 ton status

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    After banging my front 4-5 times this weekend and one nice drop on a rock where it scraped across the bottom and across the u-joint and front shaft, im looking for opinions on guards or skdplates. Seems a plate would protect both sides of the diff where the guard only the front. Any thoughts and who makes a reasonably priced one?

    Maybe even one for the rear?
     
  2. jjlaughner

    jjlaughner 3/4 ton status

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    I'm thinking about doing the opposite... 2" wide 3/8" plate in the middle over teh ring gear and skeleton of rod on the sides /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  3. zcarczar

    zcarczar 1/2 ton status

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    I just run a stock style chrome front cover, thats pretty thick and no sort of u-joint protection, while, my d-shaft, u-joint and yoke has taken a beating it is still fine with no skidplate and I am by no means easy on it.
     
  4. Hossbaby50

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    Most stock 10 bolt front covers are pretty thick. I ran a 1/4" plate that is about 2" wide down the front of the diff over the ring gear. That is all I did for protection to the 10 bolt front. With that plate welded on that cover is pretty beef.

    I personally wouldn't run a skidplate. It is just something that will take away ground clearence. The housing itself should take quite a beating without the need for a skid plate.

    The best cure for the driveshaft and ujoint hits is a good spotter to keep you off them. There is no good way that I know of to protect them. Nobody I know here in AZ runs one and they do ALOT of rocks.

    Get yourself a diff cage or beef up the stock cover and call it good.

    Harley
     
  5. K5MONSTERCHEV

    K5MONSTERCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    I have one of those skid plate things that bolts to the axle tube, its kinda big, but you can have it. At least use it to make a differrent protector.
     

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