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ATTN: those running hydro assist diff cover tab

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by muddybuddy, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    hey there, i was talkin to a guy and i told him i was wanting to get a diff cover with a tab for my ram on it (from KidJethro when me starts making them again) and he said that it wouldnt be strong because its only being held on by the diff cover bolts. i see his point and it got me second guessing this idea.

    is this not really that strong? if not, how should i mount mine?

    thanks
     
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    ncgamedog 1/2 ton status

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    im runing the MOO one w/ no problems. it may not be ideal but....
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    diy4x makes them. they are plenty strong, you need to get longer bolts anyways so get some grade 8 ones and youll be all set.
     
  4. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    alright so the guy i was talkin to was full of $hit, good to hear :-) looks like ill continue with my original idea.
     
  5. jekbrown

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    the diff cover is held on with 10 bolts... assuming the cover is structurally strong enough, the bolt shear strength shouldn't be a problem. Hydro rams can produce an amazing amount of force, but you'd prolly break a tie rod end before you sheared 10 grade 8 bolts off...

    j
     
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    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I can see there being an issue with leaks though. Without a tight dowel pin or two I could imagine the cover moving around a bit under force as the bolts aren't a tight fit in the holes. I think I'd fit a couple of 3/8" dowels to it too.
     
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    I intend to buy my ram mount from DIY4X his is just a mount that bolts ontop of the dif cover and can be set up for heims or clevis ends. Made from 1" I believe. It is on his site if you need pics.

    Ira
     
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    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Kert at DIY4x made me a custom ring. Imagine one of his do it yourself cover rings humping his hydro assist mount and you've got it.

    It's just a ring with a large flat area off to the side with a clevis end mounted on it...has worked fine so far and I definitely don't anticipate it breaking. I flopped my rig last time out and the hydro assist had enough power to lift the truck up sideways. I'm not worried about it.
     
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    Go with DIY4x mount looks beefy enough.

    Jesse
     
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    Heres mine. Diff doesnt leak, never has.
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    Sweet Jesus that diff cover is thick!!!
     
  12. CK5

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    It is strong enough, but it will leak when you wheel hard, mine is mounted this way until I go coilover in the front.
     
  13. primetime

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    well alot of the austin k5 group have that same set up & the wheel
    hard & never seen one of them leak(yet):bow:
     
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    Im the only one in the group running mine to the diff.

    Ow the "ring" is 1" thick and the guard and ram tabs are 1/4".

    The holes in the ring are almost a hammer tight fit so that probabaly helps with the cover not moving around. Im just saying that I have wheeled it and the only thing leaking on that front axle is the pinion seal:laugh:
     
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    I'm running my ram off of a blue torch fab cover. It has a 3/8" thick bolt ring and 1/4" on the rest of the cover. I've had my bolts on the cover loosen once but I think the gasket was still seating. I retightend the bolts and have checked them several times since and they are still tight. I also thought about a couple of dowel pins, seems like it would be a good idea.
     
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    sorry. i thought rusell & john(i think were running the same set up)
    well thats what i get for thinking.:doah:
     
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    sorry. i thought rusell & joe(i think were running the same set up)
    well thats what i get for thinking.:doah:
     
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    sorry. i thought rusell & joe(i think were running the same set up)
    well thats what i get for thinking.:doah:
     
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    u2slow 1/2 ton status

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    I was just thinking countersink bolts would negate any slop there may be in the holes of a diff cover ring. Maybe even re-tap them to the next larger size. :thinking:

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    I have seen guys run full hydro on mount welded to the stock dif cover and has never had a leak or problem..Just curious,How big of a tire can you run with ram assist?
     

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