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Talking LPW Differential Cover

I received my LPW cover a few days ago and thought I would post some photo’s and comments.







As you can see, the flange is about twice as thick as the OEM cover, and there is noticeably more bracing. What is not as obvious is that the cover feels to be about twice as thick throughout the whole casting (however I did not actually measure it).

It weights about twice as much as the OEM cover and incorporates the adjustable end cap preload bolts.

It has a different breather setup which appears to be a bolt with a screen in it. It should work fine, so that shouldn’t be a problem, but it is different than the OEM.



Based on the thicker casting and slightly different design, it will probably hold slightly less fluid than OEM, but again, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Overall, it appears to be a very well engineered and machined cover that should be a major upgrade to the OEM cover. Whether it is stronger than the steel braces currently available, I have no idea.

Someone with considerably more power than I have will have to answer that question.

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Looks great.

What part number did you order ?
And was it made for our T-Birds ?

This is why I ask.
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When I ordered it, I just called them and asked for my application. I don't think they have it listed on their website yet.

It will work for MN12's and FN10's (T'bird, Cougars and Mark VIII's.)

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the part number is 201-8.8IRS. it's listed under EXTRA LOW PROFILE ULTRA-PRO COVERS

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$220 ?!?!
Ouch !
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$220 ?!?!
Ouch !
Thats a pretty good deal considering the braces are usually $180+...
I don't like the idea of it holding less fluid though...

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I have been curious of what issue this cover is trying to solve?

I have heard of 2003 Cobras cracking the cover, but I am not making that kind of power.

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Thats a pretty good deal considering the braces are usually $180+...
I don't like the idea of it holding less fluid though...
It would be minimal. If you look at the inside photos of the covers, you can see that the OEM cover, where the mount goes, is cast into the cover (basically hollow), whereas on the LPW one, it is solid. So that is only the amount of fluid you would not have.


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I have been curious of what issue this cover is trying to solve?

I have heard of 2003 Cobras cracking the cover, but I am not making that kind of power.
Somewhere on here there are some photos of a cover that I believe (don't quote me on this) was behind someone's modified 3.8L...

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Thats a pretty good deal considering the braces are usually $180+...
I don't like the idea of it holding less fluid though...
Nearly typed out the same reply before I saw yours

$220 is a pretty good deal.

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looks like easy fluid changes as well with this set up thanks to the drain at the bottom and fill in the middle.

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any idea if the diff cover brace will fit those as well? Just curious for those who are overkill with bracing or have already purchaced one.

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any idea if the diff cover brace will fit those as well? Just curious for those who are overkill with bracing or have already purchaced one.
I don't know, but I have one, so if I can remember tonight, I'll see if it will fit.

I suspect that it won't due to the thicker flange and the vertical braces. But it might be able to be easily modified to fit.

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You are correct about the brace price.
But I have my steel for $50.
Now I need time to fire up the plasma cutter and mig.

or get in on the group purchase.
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Doesnt look like it would. The drain plug side of the stock cover is almost flat and the lpw cover looks like its bulged. Since the brace sits flat with the stock cover i doubt it will work

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any idea if the diff cover brace will fit those as well? Just curious for those who are overkill with bracing or have already purchaced one.
I checked over the weekend and there is no way the brace will fit the PLW cover. Even if you tried to modify it, by the time you were done, you would have created a new brace.

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