Challenger Performance Differential Guard
After last years Swamp Lake run, I knew I needed more protection for my front diff. It got smacked and dragged over a lot of nasty stuff, and I knew the Rubicon and Barrett Lake would probably be more of the same. After checking out all the options (not many--mainly 4X4 Doctor, and the other one that Rocky Road sells) I settled on the Challenger becuase it used more of the cover bolts to attach and had more tubes to protect the front. When I picked the guard up from 4Wheel Parts, it looked very well made, and very beefy. This would be a vey easy item to fabricate if I had a welder.
Installing the guard on my Dana 30 was another easy project (thank God for easy projects--they don't come around very often, at least not in my experience!) that took only about 20 minutes. It attatches to the front of the D30 using 7 of the bolts that hold the front diff cover in place. I removed these bolts and expected the diff to start leaking all over the ground, but between the remaining few bolts and generous application of RTV, no fluid leaked out. The guard bolts right on top of the cover, and the fit was great. I was afraid the stock bolts would be too short, but after cranking them down it didn't appear to be a problem. This thing looks great, and should hold up to some serious abuse. I will add one to the Dana 44 later when I have the money.