Buyer beware of soild covers not fitting and bad customer Service
I bought the Solid diff. cover for my 94 Ranger on 01/16/2012 and finally had time to go out and install it, but to only find out that it wouldn't clear my ring gear. Clearance was about an 1/8 from bolting down and I tried calling Solid to see what was going on but only got to leave a voice mail with my phone number and then sent a E-mail to them to only get a reply back from Matt at Solid covers asking me what did the axle come out of that was over 2 weeks ago and no replies from solid and i have sent 2 more e-mails since then. So i would not reccomend buying from Solid covers
Inclosed are copies of the e-mails to Solid
If your not going to responde to my last e-mail, Then please send me a return order number to send it back. That way i can order a cover from another company like riddler, Ruff stuff, Blue torch fabb
Thank you, Steven Reed
From: Matt Martin
Sent: Mon, January 30, 2012 942 AM
Subject: RE: Website Contact Form
What is the rear axle out of?
SpynTec Industries LLC.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 1:52 PM
Subject: Website Contact Form
I just bought a Ford 8.8 Differential Cover from your company and went out to install it this afternoon and it won't clear my ring gear. It's about at least an 1/8 inch from being able to bolt down my sales no. # is bought on 01/16/2012
here where the story starts with more information
No the cover is normal, they supplied info to 1 of the Mod's at the explorer forums that they don't fit the early rangers and Crown Victoria's. but never posted that info product spec's and Should be in this page: http://www.solidaxle.com/productcart...gory=7#details
and is listed in another vendors web site
what's wrong with this picture i found listing the same solid cover from another vendors site (see bottom of page in Red)
and finally got a reply from them that they where out at a race and there for they where short handed to answer the phones and the e-mails for 2 weeks. have to do better than that 1
If you going to go play, then you need to leave someone at home to answer the phones
Last edited by 88comingup; 02-13-2012 at 06:47 PM.
Wow i wish woulda seen this earlier. I bought one of these last year and just got around to putting it on today. Same problem. The crazy thing is the actual Solid Website says nothing about it not fitting rangers. Ill be taking it back tomorrow since the actual shop is only about 20 minutes away.
as for getting it to fit, if you can find a factory plastic cover you can cut out the center and grind down the mounting tabs on the outside edge and make a 1/4 spacer and it will fit without any clearance or grinding problems as this is what i had to do. just put RTV on both sides of the spacer.
It sucks that we are having to go though this because they know they don't fit the rangers and crown vic's and don't care, just sell them and screw them afterwards just get the money now.
and a qoute from the e-mail from soild ( The only axles that it seems not to fit are the early Ranger / Crown Vic 8.8’s.) and you say your ranger is a 2000 model ford must really had a stock pile of them laying around since my ranger was a 94 model
Last edited by 88comingup; 08-06-2012 at 03:38 AM.
The whole situation is kinda crappy. I dunno about a spacer. Morris I may do that down the road but I had to buy a cheap repacement one for the time being just to get my truck back on the road. They original cover I had was junk so I couldnt wait for a new one to come in.