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GM 8.2 Vertical Fins
    GM 8.2 Vertical Fins
    Purchase GM 8.2 Vertical Fins
    • GM 8.2 Vertical Fins
      Part Number: dc-asm-6082-82

    • Cover includes magnetic drain plug and new mounting bolts that replace 5/16-18 x 7/8 inch stock bolts.

      $0.00

      Shipping Weight: 7.00 pounds

    • OPTIONAL - add machining of a 1/8 NPT hole for an aftermarket temperature sending unit:
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    Bolts: 10 bolts, replacement bolts for 5/16-18 x 7/8 inch stock bolts included with cover

    Volume: 0.5 qt. over stock, approximately

    Dimensions: Click here for dimensions. A separate window or tab will open.

    PML makes two covers for the GM 8.2 inch ring gear differential. This cover has straight vertical fins and a round, pumpkin like shape. For a different look, see PML GM 8.2 Horizontal Fins differential cover.

    Benefits:

    • Extra capacity
    • Drain hole and magnetic drain plug to simplify maintenance
    • Fins for heat dissipation
    • Sand cast aluminum construction for thick walls
    • Machined gasket flange for a secure seal
    • Round profile with tall fins for classic styling

    This PML cover fits the GM 8.2 inch rear differential. Some Chevrolet and Pontiac 1960s and 1970s muscle cars have this differential.

    • Chevelle
    • Impala
    • Monte Carlo
    • Nova
    • Oldsmobile Cutlass
    • Pontiac GTO

    Configurations vary. Always check your vehicle to verify differential and clearance. This cover is larger than stock so requires more space.

    Some 1960s and 1970s cars used a 12 bolt GM 8.875 inch ring gear instead of the 8.2 so be sure to check your configuration.

    GM began using the 8.5 instead of the 8.2 around 1973.

    Since the size, shape and bolt hole pattern of the 8.2 and 8.5/8.625 are nearly identical, a gasket is the best way to check if a differential has the 8.2 inch ring gear or the 8.5/8.6 inch ring gear if you are unsure.

    A customer provided Felpro gasket part number 55028 for reference for his 1966 Chevelle with the 8.2.

    For example, a GM 8.5/8.625 gasket for a 1998 Silverado 1500 would not have quite the same bolt hole pattern when placed on an 8.2 differential.

    Examples of vehicles that have installed a PML GM 8.2 differential cover:

    • 1966 Impala
    • 1960s Chevelles
    • 1966 Pontiac GTO
    • 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass
    • 1970 Nova

    1965 Pontiac GTO 8.2 Ring Gear

    1965 GTO, has 8.2 inch ring gear differential 1965 Pontiac GTO   1965 GTO with PML GM 8.2 rear differential cover PML cover just visible on GTO   PML differential cover installed on 1965 Pontiac GTO PML cover installed
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    Optional Temperature Sensor Port

    The boss on the side can optionally be machined for temperature sending unit. There is a machining charge and a plug is included.

    Gasket Information

    A customer provided Felpro gasket part number 55028 for reference for his 1966 Chevelle with the 8.2.

    PML recommends RTV or paper/fiber gaskets or cork composite gaskets.

    PML machines the gasket surface of our differential covers flat. The flange surface of the differential housing is also machined flat. A thin bead of RTV silicon sealant makes an excellent seal between two machined surfaces.

    The bolt hole pattern for the GM 8.5/8.625 is very similar. But a gasket for the 8.5/8.625 would not line up on an 8.2 differential. For example, a GM 8.5/8.625 gasket for a 1998 Silverado 1500 would not have quite the same bolt hole pattern when placed on an 8.2 differential.

    Level Check

    Use the level check on the differential. The level check hole on the PML covers may not be at the same relative location. The fill/level check holes on the PML cover correspond to the GM 8.5/8.625 differential.

    Stock Covers

    Stock cover on a 1970 Nova and a stock cover from a 1966 Pontiac GTO.

    GM 8.2 10 bolt differential, 1970 Nova     Stock cover,
GM 8.2 10 bolt differential, 1966 GTO
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