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Rockit
02-03-2006, 12:29 AM
My son bought those half moon 1/4 thick diff protectors to put on his sami. They have worked really well and were easy to install. My friend has been building up a zuki and the last time we went out he mashed his front diff in pretty good. I was thinking what we could do for a cheep protector, being a plumber I called up my supplier to see if they carried a 8 steel weld cap. To my suprise they had a number of them. All we had to do was cut it in half and shorten it about 1" cut out for the fill plug and welded them on. They don't look any different than the ones my son paid $60 to $70 for, and we only had to pay $25 for ourshttp://www.zukikrawlers.com/albums/cheap-diff-protector/zk_diff_protector.jpg

Itsmejoe231
02-03-2006, 12:32 AM
:na:

That is how I built mine. jamminzz

Billjohn
02-03-2006, 12:44 AM
{industry secret} Many of the Zook diff caps you see on the market start as a $22 8" pipe cap... {/industry secret}

Shhhhhh....

holeshot
02-03-2006, 12:50 AM
Fixed it for you.

http://www.zukikrawlers.com/albums/cheap-diff-protector/zk_diff_protector.jpg

http://www.zukikrawlers.com/albums/cheap-diff-protector/zk_diff_protector_01.jpg

I did the same thing also. Works great and at half the cost. Same cap will also fit a Toyota axle.

purevil71
02-03-2006, 01:15 AM
Yup...I got the same thing at the Melt last year for $25 for my set. Liked them so much I took them off the sami axles and put them on my Toys's when I done the swap.

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/9868/dscf00037ck.jpg

Sally
02-03-2006, 01:32 AM
so for the 25$ you get 1 cap that you can cut in half and make 2?

Rockit
02-03-2006, 01:42 AM
so for the 25$ you get 1 cap that you can cut in half and make 2?

Thats right. I also had to shave off 1" of the length so the drag link didn't hit.

Rockit
02-03-2006, 01:44 AM
Something I didn't think of till now was a hole to drain the water out of.

Sally
02-03-2006, 01:56 AM
{industry secret} Many of the Zook diff caps you see on the market start as a $22 8" pipe cap... {/industry secret}

Shhhhhh....

I won't tell if you pm me with a part number or a link? :mrgreen:

ZukWalker
02-03-2006, 09:43 AM
yeah i used them too but bent a custom one out of 1/2 by 1/2 square bar i liked better on my first Zuk.
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b39/68scout800/Picture012.jpg

ZukWalker
02-03-2006, 09:45 AM
the pipe caps are also known as dirt scoops. have holes cut at the bottom of mine but they still fill up with junk and mud

Bull
02-03-2006, 10:04 AM
the pipe caps are also known as dirt scoops. have holes cut at the bottom of mine but they still fill up with junk and mud
Just what I was gonna say, they also collect oil in the bottom of them when you spill while filling up your diff. Make sure not to weld all the way around the bottom of the caps, leave about 2" or so open or grind out a drain before you weld it on the diff so crap can be washed out.

Billjohn
02-03-2006, 12:50 PM
I won't tell if you pm me with a part number or a link? :mrgreen:

Just go to your local plumbing supply store. You have to slice it in half, cut out a drain hole and a fill hole, and weld it on.

Now that may sound easy, but these things are 1/2" thick and you aren't gonna cut it too fast with a hacksaw... gonna need some serious cutting power.

I have never had a problem with clearance at the tie rod...

purevil71
02-03-2006, 01:04 PM
We put them on a bandsaw, pop some pop corn, sit back and watch the show...popcornn