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Question for those w/Bluetorch diff covers

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mrk5, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    I got a free set of axles from my bro-in-law, upgrade for me 10b to 12b and better gears.

    Anyways the cover had been peeled up, so I figured it was a good time to get a beefy diff cover. I went with one from Bluetorch.

    It is a very nice piece, and fit just fine.

    The question I have is about the bolts. I don't really like the little 12pt bolts included. But with the holes so close to the weld, I don't know if any other type will clear. I like the cap screws that the Crane cover comes with, but again I don't think they will clear the weld bead.

    I was just curious if anyone else had tried a different bolt with success.
     
  2. B_to_C

    B_to_C 1/2 ton status Author

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    Don't know about the bolts but congrats on the free axles! what are you up to 3.42's now? /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
  3. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    Easy now! /forums/images/graemlins/shame.gif
    You'd better watch out, 3.73s! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif


    After watching you and John beatin' up the rocks, I figured I'd better get some extra protection. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    i really like these covers , cheaper and they look stronger /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    I made my own cover but it looks just like the bluetorch ones, I had the problem with the stock cover bolts also, I went out and bought some regular bolts without that little ring thing and they just bairley go on, so you might jst wanna take the bolt to the hardware store and find the bolt with the smallest head. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I used a stainless allen head screw. It works great and I won't have to worry about it being to big when Iput my aluminum cover on.
    [​IMG]
     
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    any pictures of the bolts? All of my Bluetorch covers have had 3/8 grade 8 bolts with 6 point heads. BTF covers rock, I doubt I will do more than scratch one of mine.
     
  8. hawkeye649

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    i really like these covers , cheaper and they look stronger /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

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    I've seen him before, very impressive! Makes you wonder if it isn't stronger than the pumpkin, because it's more ductile. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    i really like these covers , cheaper and they look stronger /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

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    I've seen him before, very impressive! Makes you wonder if it isn't stronger than the pumpkin, because it's more ductile. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

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    For everything you upgrade there is always a weak link.
     
  10. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    [ QUOTE ]
    i really like these covers , cheaper and they look stronger /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

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    i have one of his covers on my ff14b. Very beefy. Also they are very compatible with the standard amount of housing shaving most people do (ie shave everything below the bottom bolt hole). Not sure how it'd work with shaving like the guys who have an "11 bolt"... but in any case they are great covers and inexpensive too. If it means anything, when I replace my front D60s cover / diff guard, I'm gonna use his cover. Another bonus about his covers, if you ever break it in any way, he'll replace it no questions asked.

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    BTF is suppossed to be working on a 14 bolt shaving kit. Namely a shaved ring gear, diff cover, and plate to be welded on.
     
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    holy crap funnycold, I just went to homedepot to look at getting some of those bolts and they were $2.40 a piece that freakin $30 just for bolts /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     
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    I don't think it turns the pumpkin into a weak link. I just think it could take a harder bash than the pumpkin could. I wouldn't run one if it made my pumpkin the weak link, I'd rather replace a cover!!!
     
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    If you get a good enough hit to crack your pumpkin I don't think a sheetmetal cover would anywhere near help. If you hit that hard on the lip of the cover the pumpkin will take the hit either way. And if you hit that hard in the middle of the cover, well your ring gear is taking that hit and not going to be happy by any means /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif. I think you understand I just felt like amking this post, ha.
     
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    I've got a Great Lakes Offroad cover for my '60, and it's BEEFY!!
     
  16. mrk5

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    Can't get an actual pic, because it is dark and all.
    This is what they look like.
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    As it is now the heads just barely clear the weld bead, and they look a little cocked in some of the holes.

    Plus, I don't have any 12point sockets or wrenches.

    Luckily my bro-in-law had an end-wrench that worked.

    I'd rather use allen-head screws, and I was wondering if they had worked for anyone else.
     

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