I was thinking about building a skid plate that bolted up to the bottom row of cover bolts, extended under the housing and past the pinion and ujoint, with some sort of ubolt bolting it around the pinion snout by the seal
Ever thought about putting degree shims on your axle to rotate the pinion up higher and the doing a cut and turn on the knuckles??? you could raise your pinion a couple of inches that way, and keep it out of harms way in the first place......
The housing is also the spring perch so I cant really rotate it much.
I thought about the skid plate also. Another solution that I saw on a mud racer was about a 5" diameter pipe fixed to the end of the pinion housing for protection. It might be too much stuff in the way though.
Matt, I have mine rotated up 2 degrees with shims. It actually make a big difference. I really don't remember what your angle looks like know after you changed to the longer springs up front. On a side note how much axle wrap are you getting with the longer front springs. Do you think your pinion is rotating down at all whill using a blip of throttle to get over an obsticale? Just throwing some ideas or thoughts out there.
All above could very well be the case. I tossed the shims when I dropped down to the 4" lift.
OK, I'll go a 2 degree and me and a buddy have a guard half figured out that should do the trick.
The axles wrap is hardy there (that I can tell with hoping in the sand and stuff). I'm sure that it is present though. I left the overload on from the rear and left the spring clamps on to fight just that.
Maybe I could do some resurfacing of the passenger side housing to get some twist out of it.
After some searching...I'm bringing this back from the dead.
What have most people done to protect their front pinions. I know you can purchase the rear diff guard for some rear diffs like the 14bolt. What about a front D60? Rear D60? What have you seen made or made your self. I'd like to see some pictures if they can be found.
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I was thinking about building a skid plate that bolted up to the bottom row of cover bolts, extended under the housing and past the pinion and ujoint, with some sort of ubolt bolting it around the pinion snout by the seal.
I ran into this problem as well. I really could not think of a good (stout) way of making a guard to protect it. What I ended up doing was cutting the inner C's off and rotating the front axle up. This did a few things first, it made my drive line a little higher, second, I was able to point the pinion at the T-case for better angles in the drive line, third, it made a front end alignment possible.