I thought about a full cover replacement (crane/rockcrusher/bluetorchfab), but realistically those costed
too much for me. So I considered the Warn cover and probably would have went with it, had I not stumbled upon Nate's 4x4
Unlike Warn's, these are never going to be accused of trapping mud & debris. The "cage" is made of 3/8"
steel rod and in my opinion they just looked plain mean. When It arrived I was not dissapointed.
I painted it at the same time I did my rear bumper & tire carrier
. A few coats of self-etching primer, and a few coats of satin black.
I bought 10 new, longer diff bolts (5/16" x 1"). When I went to install, I found it can be tricky to
line up the diff cover (with a bead of rtv on it) AND the guard in order to insert the bolts. This guard is relatively
heavy and long story short, I ended up smearing the rtv after a couple failed attempts at fitting everything on. No
damage done, but next time I think i'll go with one of those lube-locker gaskets or at least install the diff plate and
let the rtv set up before installing the guard.