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I do a fair amount of off pavement (and recently off road) travel for hunting trips. Using 4WD Low more than I ever thought I would. After waiting since March of this year to receive my order, I'm getting ready to install my new AFE Power rear diff cover. Looking on the forum for recommendations on oil. Thanks to those who contributed. Funny how opinions differ so much. May I assume that "Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle" (as stated on my truck build sheet from RAM) is the same as "Limited Slip Differential Rear Axle" (what the oil industry calls it)?
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I used Valvoline synthetic 75w140 in mine (it is limited slip). Already has the additive in it for the limited slip mine still works fine. I live on acres of sand and test it daily.
 

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Bounty Hunter...I looked at the Banks product and liked it. Unfortunately they do not make a rear diff cover for 1500 RAM trucks.
 
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Bounty Hunter...I looked at the Banks product and liked it. Unfortunately they do not make a rear diff cover for 1500 RAM trucks.
Why do you feel the need to upgrade the diff cover?

An aFe cover was in his video, I'd be concerned on what he determined in his testing.
 

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I ran a MagHytec pan for almost 300,000 miles on my last Ram. When I traded it in on my Ecodiesel, the carrier bearing was getting slightly loud. My 2 cents: if you are going to put a lot of miles on her, leave the stock pan on. Gale Banks is no dummy, though, I think he is clueless when it comes to tuning Ecodiesels.
 
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I don’t care to argue about why I bought something. That’s not why I started this thread. Besides, I cannot trust a manufacturer who stands by a pyramid scheme oil company. His design of the rear diff cover certainly has merit but, again, they don’t make em for the 1500. Why? Probably not enough actual need for an increased capacity, cooling fin equipped, easier to do oil changes diff cover as with the 2500 & 3500 rigs. If there was even an equal need on 1500 trucks they would have made those first due to the far greater number of em on the road. Just my $.02
 

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Gale Banks is no dummy, though, I think he is clueless when it comes to tuning Ecodiesels.
I wouldn't say clueless. Maybe he just picks his battles a little more wisely and wishes to stay under the EPA's thumb.

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I do a fair amount of off pavement (and recently off road) travel for hunting trips. Using 4WD Low more than I ever thought I would. After waiting since March of this year to receive my order, I'm getting ready to install my new AFE Power rear diff cover. Looking on the forum for recommendations on oil. Thanks to those who contributed. Funny how opinions differ so much. May I assume that "Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle" (as stated on my truck build sheet from RAM) is the same as "Limited Slip Differential Rear Axle" (what the oil industry calls it)?
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Return the cover. Leave the stock one alone. You get literally zero benefit from this.
 

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okay guys, give it a rest. Nobody wants this type of input. You don't know me or my needs / desires. Don't waste everyone's time by posting rubbish.
 
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The thread appears to be very civil. Members can feel free to post their opinions. This is what forums are all about. It's better to simply disagree or disregard the opinions you consider rubbish. :)
 

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I think to really see any benefit you would have to secure a remote thermometer to the cover and go for a ride similar to the areas you plan to visit and compare it to the OEM.
 

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That's a great pan, excellent choice! It has a sloped back to mimic the OEM pan. Much different than the "flat back" Mag Hytek pans.

I would run Amsoil 75w140 (no need for Limited Slip additive) if you can find it for a reasonable price. Should only be a couple bucks more per quart than the major label brands. Run it 30k miles (my preference) or forever.

I have an AFE air intake, oil pan, and diff cover. I've also ran their oil filters. Great company.
 

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Why do you feel the need to upgrade the diff cover?

An aFe cover was in his video, I'd be concerned on what he determined in his testing.
The AFE pan in the video is a "flat back" like Mag Hytek pans. The AFE pan for our Ram 1500's is a complete different design and has a sloped back. Also, I like Banks, he's a great engineer, I agree with most of what he has to say but at the same time he is also a great salesman.
 

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okay guys, give it a rest. Nobody wants this type of input. You don't know me or my needs / desires. Don't waste everyone's time by posting rubbish.
My man you do what you want. Your truck.. however be forewarned that square backed diff covers severely affect lubricant for throughout the differential. Banks did a lot of work to show that they actually are likely to cause damage rather than help.

That video posted above should be an eye opener. Dont get mad that people don't just agree with you or support your decisions. Honest info and feedback makes us all better and smarter in the long run.
 

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The AFE pan in the video is a "flat back" like Mag Hytek pans. The AFE pan for our Ram 1500's is a complete different design and has a sloped back. Also, I like Banks, he's a great engineer, I agree with most of what he has to say but at the same time he is also a great salesman.
Its not enough to have a sloped back. It has to have the right curve to it or it might as well be flat. That thing has a severe curve to it at both the bottom and top of the pan causing the lube to have to make very hard turns.

This will inhibit flow around the ring gear and cause lube distribution and cavitation issues.

Do what you want, but this is a solution in search of a problem.
 

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Don't waste everyone's time by posting rubbish.
Don't post to social platforms unless you're able to deal with the positive and negative. It's not all rainbows and unicorns.
 
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dANG it... I got all excited about the banks unit... untill i read it's not available... I was sold on the point of having an "O" ring seal. RTV is for lazy engineers.. in my humble opinion. The maintenance of the diff seems much better as well. Because i do my own work... well... as much as i can.. I liked this unit. I really hope they produce one for the truck. I'd pick one up for sure.

After watching the Banks video, looks like any of the other Flat Back units wont be better than stock. Thanks for posting the vid Bounty Hunter!
 
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