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Old 11-06-2011, 07:16 PM
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i am thinking of adding a new rear axle cover so i can add more gear oil, and i am thinking of adding a temp gauge as well
i have a 2005 ram 1500 4x4 5.7L that i use for towing a 5th wheel
has anyone done this mod ? would it be worth the $300. +
so far i have not noticed a overheating problem but the longest trip was around 350 miles with very few hills
if so where did you buy the temp gauge ?
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Not a bad idea .... sure someone will be along to help. Here's a bump for you.
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yeh good idea when towing heavy equipment,hold almost double fluid capacity.oasis has a good 1 ebay 200 or less.same as magtech selling for 400.00.i dont think wasting too much on a temp gauge unless you can do it yourself reasonable.
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Which ever cover that you decide to get, get one with a magnetic drain plug
I never did understand why you should have to pull the whole cover just to drain the fluid, the metal shaving or chunks will stick to the magnet, if there is more on it than you would like to see, then you can pull the whole cover. Save time & get the magnetic screw in drain plug
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I just installed a Mag Hytec cover on mine after a rear end rebuild. I'm very happy with it so far. It has all the stuff you're talking about, and looks awesome.

Don't know about the temp gauge, but I'll bet you can email Hytec and they can tell you where to get one.
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They may even carry the temp fitting, on the site it reads:
http://www.mag-hytec.com/differential.htm
1/8 NPT temperature sender port
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I have done it with another truck and it was well worth the money. $300 is cheap compared to overheating and seizing a differential!

I actually got the axle cover, hardware and gauge from a local RV dealer.
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