Frequently Asked Questions
Does the cover come with the differential?
We do not include a cover with the differential unless the cover is purchased separately. You can reuse your cover with the new differential and seal it with a proper bead of black RTV gasket maker. Be thorough when applying the bead of RTV to the differential but try to keep as much material from going into the differential when the cover is properly seated as possible.
What is the break in period?
All differentials purchased through Diffsonline LLC require a 1,200-mile break-in period. During this period, you should keep constant vehicle speeds under 80 mph and drive the vehicle moderately. This will allow the gears, bearings and limited slip parts to break in properly and without excessive heat. After 1,200 miles the fluid should be changed in your new differential with the same recommended fluid. After the initial flush, we recommend changing the fluid every 24K miles in a street driven car, or every 12K miles in a car that sees autocross and track day use. For dedicated track cars, you will want to flush the differential after the first full track day.
What does REM polishing do for me?
REM® Polishing reduces friction, heat, and wear inside your differential. The flash point of where the pinion gear meets the ring gear is where the majority of the heat inside a differential is generated. REM Polishing will reduce these temperatures thus keeping the differential in top working order. Less heat -> longer fluid life -> longer life of clutches -> better performance -> more time between needed rebuilds -> less down time and more time in the seat. Isn't that what we are doing this for in the first place.
What is the warranty policy?
All rebuilt products are covered by our 2 year unlimited mileage warranty against workmanship defects. Exception is all OS Giken products or differentials equipped with an OS Giken product are sold without warranty and are intended for off road use only. All used differentials are covered by our 30 day warranty. Diffsonline LLC is not responsible for shipping (either way) or any labor charges associated with warranty claims.
What fluid should I be using in my differential?
For all clutch based limited slips, including the Diffsonline Race carrier and including open differentials, we recommend using Redline 75w110 fluid. For all builds using the M Variable limited slip, you will need to use the OE BMW XJ+FM fluid. For builds using the OS Giken limited slip, you need to use the OS Giken 80w250. For Kaaz limited slips, you need to use the Kaaz fluid.
How often should I change the fluid?
For normal street driven vehicles, we recommend changing the differential fluid every 24k and for mixed street/track vehicles, every 12k. On a dedicated track car, you will want to change the differential fluid every other engine oil change at a minimum. Ideally, every oil change is best. The differential fluid lubricates the ring and pinion gears, which transfer power from the driveshaft to the axles. The limited-slip unit requires fluid to keep all of the internal parts healthy and moving properly. Differential fluid changes areas imperative as changing the oil in the engine, and for the exact same reasons. Metal-to-metal contact wears down surfaces and creates heat from friction, which weakens parts and can lead to failure.