After a long successful run, the 8.8-inch rearend finally outlived its usefulness as Ford pumped more performance into its vehicles. Both the latest pickups and pony cars were equipped with a stronger rearend, dubbed the Super 8.8. Until recently there haven’t been many upgrades for this robust rear.
That has changed, however, as more ratios became available and now B&M Racing and Performance Products offers its B&M Hi-Tek Cast Aluminum Differential Cover for the Ford Super 8.8 (PN 41296; $299.97) for 2015+ Ford half-ton trucks and SUVs.
“Both have an 8.8 diameter ring gear, but aside from that they are totally different,” Matt Kehoe, Digital Media Manager at Driven Performance Brands, parent company of B&M, explained. “The easiest way to identify the Super 8.8 is by the 12 bolts on the housing cover. The old 8.8 used 10 bolts. Both the 2015-plus F-150s and S550 Mustangs use the Super 8.8, but the Mustang cover is part of the IRS mounting so our cover will not fit.”
The load bolts utilized in B&M Hi-Tek Differential Covers, along with the reinforced center bar, help to prevent bearing cap deflection under heavy load. — Matt Kehoe, Driven Performance Brands
“The load bolts utilized in B&M Hi-Tek Differential Covers, along with the reinforced center bar, help to prevent bearing cap deflection under heavy load. Deflection occurs when force causes the pedestals that secure the bearings inside of the carrier to move away from the diff,” Matt added. “Repetitive deflection reduces bearing life and can potentially shorten the life of your truck’s differential. These load bolts assist in protecting and reinforcing your differential in high torque or towing applications when your truck’s rearend is under the greatest amount of stress.”
Of course, you don’t have to be racing to make good use of the B&M cover, as its increased capacity can help increase diff longevity and its fill and drain plugs make servicing a snap.
“The increased fluid capacity of B&M Hi-Tek diff covers means that more gear oil can be added to absorb and move heat away from your ring and pinion gears which, in turn, extends the life of your differential,” Matt said. “It’s the same basic principle that has made B&M transmission pans successful for decades. That said, the cooling fins and cast aluminum construction of our design also aid in the dissipation of heat. Lower heat means less stress on moving parts which leads to a longer life.”
If that sounds like the ticket for your truck, you can learn more about the covers on the B&M site right here.