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Old 03-27-2010, 11:51 AM   #1
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Nth Degree Engine oil pan skid plate

I recently purchased an Nth degree skid plate from Quadratec, and it finally came in yesterday. So last night, I took the opportunity to install it, since I'm planning on heading out to the trails today. I'm just posting some thoughts and observations.

Quality - The quality looks good, and the welds are acceptable. The finish is good, although I did not test to see if it's paint or powder.

Fit - The fit was good, however I did have to install 2 washers between the skid plate and the transmission. This was expected, their instructions even state that they do this on purpose.

Instructions - I'll have to give this one an Ehh. They try and cover to many applications in a single sheet, and they are not overly clear on what hardware goes where because of it. Which brings me to the next segment...

Hardware - A worse collection of hodgepodge bolts I've yet to see. They did not include 1/2 the hardware that was needed for my install, and they gave me a ton of hardware that had no use at all. They even mixed grade 8 with standard non graded bolts. I had to run to the hardware store 1/2 way thru the install to retrieve the proper bolt for the engine mount.

The hardware issue makes me not want to buy from Nth Degree again, however the finished product does fit well, and looks like it will take a few hits without failing. It's a shame that the lack of a nut and bolt should be the major detraction for this skid since everything else is exactly what it should be.

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Old 03-27-2010, 12:21 PM   #2
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Pics of it installed?

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What is that sticking down on the lower left, please don't tell me it's a FUMOTO oil drain valve !!

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Old 03-27-2010, 04:43 PM   #6
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Bummer to hear about the hardware snafu . . . I went with an engine skid myself but it was a hard decision between that and the Nth . . . they make a nice product. I've got their diff sliders and dig them too. Can never have too much armor.

x2 on whatever is hanging down . . . seems like it's asking to get ripped off.
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please don't tell me it's a FUMOTO oil drain valve !!
Ok, I won't tell you

If it hits, the nipple will break off long before the valve goes to hell. I did have a full Mopar skid under my rig, but I had to remove it when I put the OME lift in. The front drive shaft was hitting the support member for the skid at full articulation. I will be moving to a Rokman tummy tuck and Rokmen engine skid in the future, money doesn't permit it at this time tho. I still have to deal with a SYE and a CV drive shaft first, and of course, new tires...
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Good grief, I used the FUMOTO vlv in my Xterra and I had a ShrockWorks pan skid, that covered the vlv, but had an access hole, but


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If it hits, the nipple will break off long before the valve goes to hell. I did have a full Mopar skid under my rig, but I had to remove it when I put the OME lift in. The front drive shaft was hitting the support member for the skid at full articulation. I will be moving to a Rokman tummy tuck and Rokmen engine skid in the future, money doesn't permit it at this time tho. I still have to deal with a SYE and a CV drive shaft first, and of course, new tires...
I think you're asking for a lotta trouble, if a rock really disables that vlv, you'll lose all your oil and won't have the right tools and plug with you to fix--IN THE BOONDOCKS

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I'll probably put the stock plug back in at the next oil change. The Nth degree definatly leaves the valve more exposed.
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Good move, I like'd the Fumoto when I had my Xterra, but


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I'll probably put the stock plug back in at the next oil change. The Nth degree definatly leaves the valve more exposed.
These JK pans are so HIGH inside the frames and only having to change oil about every 6/7 thousand miles (synthetic), it's not worth taking the chance on having that brass valve hanging down--Good move

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With the Mopar skid, the quick drain was a nessessity. Without it, it would fill the skid plate with oil every oil change.
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Heh Heh, shoulda taken a pocket knife and carved it out ()


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With the Mopar skid, the quick drain was a nessessity. Without it, it would fill the skid plate with oil every oil change.
Sawsall.cutting torch, holesaw !!!

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Installed this today on 2006 Rubicon. Had all the hardware needed (plus a LOT more for other 4.0L Jeeps). My only complaint is that the 2" bolts supplied for my manual transmission ... the one on the driver's side would not clear the exhaust downpipe in any way, so I had to reverse the transmission bolt with the head towards the back and the nut in front of the oil pan skid.

Don't know it if makes any difference, but had to put steel washer against aluminum transmission

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