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PML Front Differential Cover for Chrysler/Dodge C205FD 8" Ring Gear, 12 Bolt, For Ram 1500, Dakota, Durango
Part Number 11046
Includes differential cover, vent fitting, bolts, fill hole plug and magnetic drain plug.
Out of stock. We are trying to make more but unforseen problems keep delaying production. This is very frustrating. Estimating Spring 2021 for availlability.
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Volume: approximately 0.25 quarts over stock
Dimensions: Click here for dimensions. Check for clearance with wheels straight, left and right and at limits of suspension. When the steering linkage moves, clearances change.
PML designed this cover for the Chrysler front 8" C205FD IRS differential.
Because there is little clearance, removing the stock cover is difficult. The drain on the PML drain hole simplifies future fluid changes and servicing. Magnetic drain plug is provided.
Installation Note: Installing the larger PML cover can be challenging. There is very little space. In many cases, you will need to temporarily remove the steering rack lock nut and washer. This may also be required when servicing the differential with the stock cover. See INSTALLATIONS for pictures.
Durango Owners: Durango vehicles have had clearance issues and made modifications steering rack cylinder bolt to increase clearance.
Thanks! This project is the result of the many Dakota, Durango, and Ram 1500 owners contacting us and providing information, pictures and notes on their installations. Dodge does not provide any information so we rely on our customers to let us know the configuration on their truck or SUV.
Always check your vehicle to verify configuration and clearance. Configurations vary.
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Temperature Sending Unit
The option to have PML drill and tap for a temperature sending unit is a $45 machining charge. The location is a boss located at the 4 o clock position on the side of the cover.
PML Differential Cover Compared to Stock
These images show this PML differential cover compared to the stock cover.
We have had installations on Ram 1500 trucks, Dakotas and Durangos.
2007 Ram 1500 5.7 PML Front Differential Cover Installation
Roger installed this PML front cover on his 2007 Ram 1500 5.7 4x4. A top bolt is difficult to access so he constructed a tool.
Pictures below show the stock cover, Roger's truck and the PML cover installed, and all the tools he used to install it.
2006 Ram 1500 Installation
After removing the stock cover, Ken put the old bolts back to keep the silicon out of the holes. To tightened the PML bolts at the top of the cover, he took a 6mm wrench and cut it down. A torque wrench will not fit but the bolt can be tightened pretty good. He used GOO GONE to clean all the old silicone off gasket surface. He added 2 1/4 quarts fluid.
stock front differential cover
front differential gears
tools for bolts and fill plug
2003 Ram 1500 5.9 PML Differential Cover Installation
These pictures show Gary's 2003 Ram 1500 5.9 4x4 front end with a prototype PML differential cover installed.
Gary was unable to get an allen wrench in the head of the top bolt to tighten it with the power steering gearbox being so close so he re-used one of his stock bolts and tightened it with a wrench. This is shown in the second picture. Other than that, everything went smoothly.
The capacity with stock cover was 1.75 quarts and with the PML cover his capacity was 1.9 quarts.
2004 Dakota 4.7 PML Differential Cover Installation
Joe reported that his installation of PML's Chrysler 8.0 inch IFS cover went well. See his excellent write-up in his 2004 Dakota PML Differential Cover Installation PDF File. Our thanks to Joe for sharing his notes and pictures.
2003 Durango 5.9L AWD
Frank successfully installed this PML front cover on his Durango. He added a spacer to his steering rack bolt because there was not enough room between the steering rack bolt end and the cover. Frank has put hundreds of happy miles on his Durango since installing the PML cover.
Read Frank's complete write-up with additional pictures of his installation in this PDF on his PML Diff Cover Installation.
These images show the stock cover. In the first picture you can see the steering racking mounting bolt sticking out of the nut, very close to the stock cover. The next two pictures show the other end of the bolt before the spacer and after the spacer.
2005 Ram 1500 PML Differential Cover Installation
Scot installed a prototype PML front differential cover on his 2005 Ram 1500 4x4 front end. He provide images and notes on his installation. Our thanks to Scot for his feedback and help.
The first image shows the space between the steering and the stock cover. The middle image shows vent tube removed from the stock cover. The last image shows the PML cover installed.
Scot's installation notes:
2004 Durango 5.7 Hemi AWD PML Differential Cover Installation
Mike at M.P.R. installed an early version of this differential cover on a 2004 Durango with 5.7 Hemi engine, AWD. The cover fit fine as shown on the left. But when the Durango ran for a while, fluid was forced out of the top of the vent. Mike provided some suggestions and we modified our vent design. Our thanks to Mike for all his help.
M.P.R. does custom performance modifications.
2001 Dakota PML Differential Cover Installation
The image below show this PML differential cover installed on a 2001 Dodge Dakota 4WD 4.7. Our thanks to Troy for installing the cover and providing feedback and pictures.
Troy had to remove the steering rack mounting nut and push back the bolt into the frame in order to get the old cover off and the new cover on (first picture). The steering rack mounting bolt and the fins are 1/8" apart but he does not believe that this will be an issue on as there is no way for the steering rack to move as it is bolted to the frame as is the front differential. Vent is attached to the rubber hose as shown in the secondpicture.
After verifying the fit, Troy powder coated the cover a custom smooth, shiny black.
Similar Applications and Models
Vehicles have a variety of configurations. And some earlier or later year models may or may not have the Dodge 8" front differential.
12 Bolt Dodge Compared to 10 Bolt Dana Cover
Be sure to check that you have the 12 Bolt Dodge 8"/205mm differential. Some vehicles have a similar cover.
Image at left shows a 10 Bolt Dana cover from a 1997 Dakota. Shapes are similar but the Dodge 8"/205mm front end cover has 12 bolts.
2012 Ram 1500 4x4 Stock Cover
Picture shows the stock front cover on a 2012 Ram 1500 4x4 Sport Model.
We had heard that 2012 and newer Ram 1500 trucks have a new design for the front differential. PML does not make cover to replace this stock cover. If your truck has a different front end, please let us know.
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