Front Differential Cover, 12 Bolt
|Black powder coating
Volume: a little over stock (about 4 oz)
Dimensions: Click here for dimensions. Always check your truck to verify differential and clearance. Check for clearance with wheels straight, left and right and at limits of suspension.
PML designed this cover as a bolt on replacement for:
Ram changed to this 12 bolt American Axle 9 1/4 inch 235mm front to improve the durability, steering and control, according to FourWheeler.com.
This PML cover is heavy duty, sand cast aluminum. Fins on the lower part where the fluid collects aid in heat dissipation.
Because of many clearance issues with steering, u-bolts, and suspension, PML designed a cover as close to the shape and size of the stock cover as possible.
Configurations vary so always check your truck to make sure you have clearance for any larger aftermarket cover. Trucks with the factory air ride suspension may have less clearance.
There is a Safety Recall Notice for the front suspension on Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks. After any modification, the installer or mechanic must verify clearance. See also this thread on the Turbo Diesel Register Forum.
We have one of these covers in the polish finish on SPECIAL.
What Ships With the Cover?
PML ships new mounting bolts, fill hole plug and a magnetic drain plug with each cover.
Image at right shows the polish finish cover and what is in the box. Except for the cover, the content is the same for all finishes. Click on image to view larger.
Rear Differential Cover
PML makes a matching rear end cover for these Ram trucks. See:
PML recommends RTV gasket material. RTV is a type of silicon rubber and it comes in a tube. There are several brands, such as Permatex, and these are readily available at automotive stores like Pep Boys and AutoZone.
Some people use the reusable factory gasket. Please make sure the gasket is clean and free of any nicks. If there is a nick in the gasket, that is where you'll get a leak.
Optional Temperature Sending Unit
This part has an undrilled boss for a temperature sensor. The option to have PML drill and tap the boss will need to be ordered over the phone, not on-line, and there is an additional charge of $45 per hole.
Boss is on the passenger side of the cover.
This shows the inside of the PML cover. The shape generally follows the shape of the stock cover.
The fill/level check hole is at the same location on the PML cover as on the stock cover.
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PML Differential Cover Compared to Stock
These images show this PML differential cover compared to the stock cover.
Our thanks to our customers for their feedback, pictures, and videos:
2018 Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel 4x4
Nick installed this front and PML rear cover, part number 11147, on his 2018 Ram 2500 Cummins diesel 4x4. Pictures show that there were not any clearance issues with the PML covers and the stock suspension and steering.
2018 Ram 2500 Diesel 4x4
View from the bottom, looking up, to show clearance between PML front differential cover and suspension on a 2018 Ram 2500
Clearance to suspension from PML front differential cover on 2018 Ram 2500
PML front differential cover on a 2018 Ram 2500
2017 Powerwagon 6.4L Hemi
Sal installed PML front and rear covers on his 2017 Power Wagon 2500 4x4 Hemi. He bought the as-cast finish covers then painted them. He also purchased and installed ARP bolts. He is very happy with the fit and appearance.
PML rear cover, second picture, is Part Number 11147.
2017 Ram 2500 Powerwagon 6.4L Hemi, 4x4
PML rear differential cover, custom paint, ARP bolts, on a 2017 Powerwagon
2017 Powerwagon, OEM stock front differential cover
PML front differential cover, custom paint, ARP bolts, on a 2017 Powerwagon
2017 Ram 3500 Diesel
Nick has a 2017 3500 Dodge Ram 4 wheel drive, single wheel rear axle truck, and he purchased PML front and rear differential covers for it. He reported: "It was an easy install with no problems fits perfect."
2017 Ram 2500 Laramie 4x4 Diesel
Marion purchased PML front and rear covers for his 2017 Ram 2500HD 6.7 L Cummins Laramie. Our thanks to him for sharing pictures and comments from his installation.
He was not able to install the PML rear differential cover with the sway bar in place. He unscrewed four bolts and the sway bar lowered. He purchased this rear cover in the bare metal as-cast finish and found that touching it with oily hands made it look dirty quickly. So he painted the rear cover all black and purchased the front cover in the PML black powder coat finish. For fluid, Marion added 4 1/2 quarts of 75W 90 Synthetic Anti-Slippery Fluid for the rear.
He loves the look and the easiness of replacing the fluid wtih the PML covers.
2015 Ram 3500 With Factory Air Ride Suspension
Troy has a 2015 Ram 3500 SRW Crew Cab 4x4 6.7 AS69RC transmission with the factory air ride suspension. He installed this PML front cover and matching rear cover, part number 10361. After several months, he reported that the cover fits fine and he had no clearance issues.
2014 Ram 3500 Tradesman
Corey installed his cover and matching PML rear cover, Part Number 10361, on his 2014 Ram 3500 Tradesman Crew Cab Short Bed, SRW, 6.7 Diesel, G5 truck. On CumminsForum.com, he posted:
[I]nstalled my PML covers today. Probably should have just put the rear on and forgone the front one but they look good together. The front was a tad harder, took a allen wrench and ground about half an inch off of the short end and it would fit under the front bar that goes across the front top of the diff cover ( had to come in from the top). Other then that it was pretty painless.
Both are thick guys, thought quality was really good.
Our thanks to Corey for sharing his comments and pictures.
2014 Ram 3500
Kelderman Manufacturing installed this cover on their 2014 Ram 3500. To show it off, they polished a cast finish cover. Truck is lifted and modified.
Our thanks to Kelderman for selecting PML covers and pans for their trucks.
2014 Ram 2500
Andrew Lowe installed this cover on his 2014 Project Bloodhound Ram 2500 4x4 6.7 Turbo Diesel. He also installed PML RFE transmission pan, part number 10304 and PML rear cover, part number 10361. Andrew reported there was plenty of room in the front for the larger PML cover.
The images below show the stock cover, this PML cover in the cast finish installed on the truck before it was customized, this PML cover in custom red powder coat after the truck is lifted.
Our thanks to Andrew for including PML on his project.
2014 Ram 2500 4x4 6.7
Chris installed both PML front and rear differential covers on on his 2014 Ram 2500 truck with the coil suspension.
Images show (from left to right):
2013 Ram 3500
Gino installed the PML front differential cover on his 2013 Ram 3500 6.7. His truck has the radial suspension. He reported that the cover fit fine with plenty of clearance. Our thanks to Gino for choosing PML and sending us pictures.
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