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Old 07-25-2014, 04:42 PM
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Gaskets for Sterling 10.5. & Dana 50

I ordered one of those aluminum diff covers and being of a time when "you used a gasket" I did some looking around on the interwebs and found Quad4x4 that sells gasket's for our Excursions.

QU40367 DANA 60/70 DIFF GASKET $10.09

QU40400 REAR DIFF GASKET $14.05

https://www.quad4x4.com

I'll probably use a small amount of RTV to set it in place, but I thought I would share the info..
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Did you get the appropriate hardware for the rear diff cover?

Honestly, I think most people just use RTV and don't have any problems. I just did mine this past weekend and used RTV... no issues.
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I did order the longer bolts, ( not from ford ) because some bean counter at ford has issues! $8 a bolt? Yeaa okay...
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Make sure you get the washers too. If you didn't, PM me... still have some left over... minimum order of 50 when I got them lol
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I would skip the pre-made felt gasket entirely. I have changed the diff fluid in my Ex twice and used Permatex's gear oil RTV both times. They make an RTV specific for the differential (Permatex part 81182). A 3 oz. tube is about $9. I have had good luck with it; no leaks.

Gasket Makers : Permatex® Gear Oil RTV Gasket Maker

I also used the Royal Purple 75-140W syn for rear fluid. Its a little pricey but it has the friction modifier already mixed. Good luck.
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Reusable gaskets.

I bought the Lube Locker reusable gaskets for my axles when I bought the new housings with 4.88 gears and added the '08 SD aluminum cover.
They cost more than a tube of RTV but they can be used over and over so maybe in the end it's a push on the cost. No leaks so far with lots of heavy towing. LubeLocker - LubeLocker Ford/Sterling 10.25"/10.5" and for the Dana 50 up front LubeLocker - LubeLocker Dana 60
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Well, I just cancelled my order with quad and got a set of these lube lockers!

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Good luck with them!
Take some pictures, I forgot to when I installed mine.
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I'd like to replace the bolts on the front cover, can anybody tell me what size they are?
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I'd also like to know what size bolts to get for a 2000 Excursion v10 4x4.
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I'd also like to know what size bolts to get for a 2000 Excursion v10 4x4.

For the front Dana 50 with a stock steel cover they should be 3/8-16 x 3/4" and for the rear Sterling 10.5 with a stock steel cover 5/16-18 x 1" and if using the '08 finned aluminum cover discussed above the bolts need to be 5/16-18 x 1 1/4" (with matching washers). I used allen head stainless cap screws and washers on my alum rear cover to keep it looking snazzy.
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For the front Dana 50 with a stock steel cover they should be 3/8-16 x 3/4" and for the rear Sterling 10.5 with a stock steel cover 5/16-18 x 1" and if using the '08 finned aluminum cover discussed above the bolts need to be 5/16-18 x 1 1/4" (with matching washers). I used allen head stainless cap screws and washers on my alum rear cover to keep it looking snazzy.
Thanks - that's a big help. I'm looking into these front and rear covers from cfrperformance:

1986-UP FORD STERLING (F-250-F-350-EXCURSION) CHROME STEEL REAR DIFFERENTIAL COVER - 12 BOLT W/ 10.5" RING GEAR

Do you know if the standard bolt sizes you mentioned would suffice?
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With them being the stock style (with chrome) steel covers the bolt sizes given above should work fine, use the shorter ones for the rear as the alum covers are a little thicker.
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