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Best diff cover with MM panhard?

I'm ordering an MM panhard bar this week. I'd like to do a diff cover at the same time.

I've been looking at the LPW piece. Claims to be the lowest profile and strongest on the market. Is this a good choice or am I better off with a different brand?


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just put a ford racing one for 05 up stangs on my 95 with MM panhard. It is pricey but fits with plenty of clearance.

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It's REALLY close with the T/A Perf. one, but it's THICK.

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Yikes!!

I'm assuming the LPW is lower profile than the T/A?

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Well, the offer low profile and super low profile ones on their site. I would assume it's thinner.
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Well, the offer low profile and super low profile ones on their site. I would assume it's thinner.
Yeah, saw that.

The ultra low versions shows as being for 05'-up Mustangs. Will that still fit a Fox 8.8?

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RATATK says it works.
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RATATK says it works.
Thanks, I obviously need a stronger prescription for my contacts.

I'm in the process of ordering up the MM panhard, LPW cover and a set of full length MM frame connectors to replace my old-school Steeda versions.

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Is a stronger dif cover worth it? What are the realized benefits of running one?

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Is a stronger dif cover worth it? What are the realized benefits of running one?

-Supposedly provides main cap support for the diff bearings. Prevents them from walking around under load.

-The cover also becomes an integral part of the rear end housing and prevents it from distorting under load.

-Easier access to the fill/drain plugs and increased fluid capacity.

-And....... It looks really cool.

Whether or not the covers do what they claim is unknown to me. However, they aren't terribly expensive, around $143, and I just wanted to get it done at the same time as the panhard.


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-Supposedly provides main cap support for the diff bearings. Prevents them from walking around under load.

-The cover also becomes an integral part of the rear end housing and prevents it from distorting under load.

-Easier access to the fill/drain plugs and increased fluid capacity.

-And....... It looks really cool.

Whether or not the covers do what they claim is unknown to me. However, they aren't terribly expensive, around $143, and I just wanted to get it done at the same time as the panhard.

I'm not bashing just curious. This isn't something that I had looked at. I assumed that it was done primarily for the "bling" factor. The ease of access for fluid changes and added capacity is a plus. I wasn't aware that your first point was a factor with the 8.8. I might look into that when I start working on mine.

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I'm not bashing just curious. This isn't something that I had looked at. I assumed that it was done primarily for the "bling" factor. The ease of access for fluid changes and added capacity is a plus. I wasn't aware that your first point was a factor with the 8.8. I might look into that when I start working on mine.
No worries, I didn't assume at all that you were bashing.

And yes, the claimed advantages of these covers seems to make sense. Cheap insurance if they do work.

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I used a SVO one with my MM panhard. I had to grind the face down to clear the bar. It took about an hour of testing and grinding and testing and grinding. I have another cover that I am going to mill down instead of using a grinder for asthetics but the one I have now clears and works.
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my TA cover clears my PHB

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I have the FRPP cover and it clears. You just have to make sure the TA cover is installed first AND THEN install the PH bar. Also make sure the PH bar is intalled as far rearward as you can, for additional clearance.

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I have the FRPP cover and it clears. You just have to make sure the TA cover is installed first AND THEN install the PH bar. Also make sure the PH bar is intalled as far rearward as you can, for additional clearance.
This is how I installed mine, rear end with TA cover...then the panhard bar went in.
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Thanks everyone. I ordered the LPW extra low profile cover and MM panhard last night.

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So...if you ever need to rebuild your diff, you gotta remove your PHB first?
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No it only comes close on full compression. You will need to remove the alum bar that attaches the axle to the Panhard bar, but that is only 2 bolts. Then just jack the car up and put jackstands under the frame and let the axle droop and if there still isnt enough room, unbolt the shocks.

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I hafta remove my MM swaybar(partially), then just let the PHB rod hang on one side.
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You guys with the aftermarket diff cover - are you using the reusable rubber gasket or RTV sealer? I'm guessing the rubber being thicker might produce an interferance problem.
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I just make my own with black RTV.
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Same here. Just make sure to recheck the bolts in a couple of days. Everytime I have put mine back on it starts to leak a couple of days later and needs to be retightened.

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