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GT500KR 8.8 Explorer/Mountaineer cover question....

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Did any of the GT500KR's get the large drain version of the modded Explorer/Mountaineer 8.8 cover or were they all the small drain plug version?

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R

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Mine looks like the black cover.

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Not all KRs got an ugraded cover, but the ones that did (the later cars) all had the black cover, as pictured.

 

Jer

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If I recall correctly the large drain plug version was released after the KR program ended. Only way to know for sure is to start looking at some of the last built 2009 KR's so that you are confident that only the small drain plug cover was used.

Steven

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Forgot to say hello to Joe (FiaCobra) and Jer.

Both of you should post more often, lots of new owners who could use your wisdom.

Steve

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Hello, Steve!

 

Jer

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6 hours ago, Jer said:

Not all KRs got an ugraded cover, but the ones that did (the later cars) all had the black cover, as pictured.

 

Jer

Hi Jer, good to see you post.

There is a KR out there that is missing it's Shelby installed Black cover, the one shown in my picture was purchased from a Dodge dealership a few years ago where a KR was traded in and the cover was in a FRPP G2 cover/girdle box in the trunk. Apparently the owner changed to the low profile FRPP G2 cover and the G2 box with the original KR cover were included with the trade-in KR. I bought it  from that Dodge dealership.

Wouldn't it be crazy if an owner on here saw this post and knew they had bought their KR from a Dodge dealership and their KR had a FRPP G2 cover???

Thanks for your input Steve.

.........and Joe (FiaCobra), your axle assembly looks beautiful!! Is it bare steel cleared (after de-rust) or sprayed a similar color Silver to replicated the bare steel look? It looks great!

It is always nice to look up under a 2007-2010 GT500 and not see rust as the first thing that catches your eye.

R

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5 hours ago, SAI-Steven said:

Forgot to say hello to Joe (FiaCobra) and Jer.

Both of you should post more often, lots of new owners who could use your wisdom.

Steve

Agreed

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Thanks for the kind words gentlemen. As for my axle, when I first got the car, I painted the rear axle assembly with "Hammered" by Rust-Oleum. It taped the stickers and took my time doing the entire assembly. Took me 3 days but the results came out great. I used the brush on paint as opposed to spray paint. I don't like working with spray paint.

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19 hours ago, FiaCobra said:

Thanks for the kind words gentlemen. As for my axle, when I first got the car, I painted the rear axle assembly with "Hammered" by Rust-Oleum. It taped the stickers and took my time doing the entire assembly. Took me 3 days but the results came out great. I used the brush on paint as opposed to spray paint. I don't like working with spray paint.

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That Silver Hammertone gives a Very Nice look.

You may have seen it before (or maybe not), but I did the 8.8 in my 2008 also, it was very time consuming and half way through I let the project lay for a few weeks, I don't think I would do it again, but I completely de-rusted my axle assy., even inside the coil spring perches, and then used 00 steel wool to completely buff the bare metal at first and the 0000 for the finish and then cleared the complete assy. with Eastwood Diamond Clear Satin. All assy. line markings were documented as the axle was de-rusted and then replicated in the correct colors with the correct Markal paint markers as are used on the Ford assy. line. It took a few different sprays of clear to get the right look, I bought multiple cans from Flat Clear to Gloss Clear to see what would look right and provide "the look" that I was looking for. It turned out good IMO, but what a time consuming project!!!

As I was rolling it under my Super Snake......

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Before - It wasn't terrible, the car was 5 years old and had 600 original miles on it, but the longer the rust was ignored, the more pitting that would occur......Once the bare metal is pitted, there is no making it look new with clear, the pits will always show.

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The finished differential housing.......

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..........and as it looks today.........

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I did have decals and labels replicated, unlike the GT500KR, where you have an axle reservoir to keep axle fluid (and vapors) from coming out of the axle tube mounted vent next to the all important VIN seq. number label wrapped around the right axle tube, mine had started to deteriorate because of exposure to the gear lube vapors, it actually was "sticky" to the touch. <<<That axle wrap label is the only "numbers matching" identifier for the axle assy., so if it gets ruined (or sprayed over with paint), before the correct information (and text font) can be documented for replication, that "numbers matching" info. is gone. Unlike the old days when the VIN seq. number was stamped into the axle tube for a matching number axle assy., that axle wrap barcode decal/label is the axle specific information on these newer cars.

R

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