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Old 05-28-2013, 07:20 AM   #1
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Rancho Front Diff Skid?

I am looking to start armor of my jeep. Its new (and I am new to jeeps), but I wheel quite frequently. I like the design of this skid. However, I am new to jeeps, so would love to have some of you more experienced guys help me out. Is there any reason why I shouldn't buy this?

Rancho RS6212 - RANCHO® RockGEAR™ Front Differential Glide Plate for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon & Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon JK with Dana 44 - Quadratec

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Old 05-28-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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No one? I am hearing crickets. I am taking this as a good sign towards the product.

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Old 05-28-2013, 10:13 PM   #3
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Give It some more time but for my input I have looked at them and have considered them too but as of right now don't need them for any reason
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:34 PM   #4
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how many times have you smashed your diff into something?
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:34 AM   #5
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how many times have you smashed your diff into something?
Right now zero, but my jeep is new. I am coming over from an IFS vehicle and it is was not uncommon to hit my front skid/bash plate. The front diff just seems like it sticks out there. I play in the rocks a good amount so it seemed like good precaution. Like I said I am new to jeeps, so this is good information.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:03 AM   #6
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It's all rocks out here in AZ, so I've got Riddler diff covers front and rear for piece of mind.

Didn't see the need for a skid in the front cause I can adjust my line to what I see in front of me, but did add the AEV rear driveshaft/diff skid cause rocks tend to move as you go over and the longer wheelbase can cause some issues on ledges.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:52 AM   #7
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Right now zero, but my jeep is new. I am coming over from an IFS vehicle and it is was not uncommon to hit my front skid/bash plate. The front diff just seems like it sticks out there. I play in the rocks a good amount so it seemed like good precaution. Like I said I am new to jeeps, so this is good information.
when comparing your IFS skid to diffs, the major difference is the diff moves.

the proximity of the diff to the track bar, and other components, is pretty tight at full bump (both sides of the axle/suspension fully compressed, like when you hit a speed bump). for example, aftermarket diff cover clearance can be a big issue...and you don't want to be smashing your track bar (or anything else) into your diff cover.

that said, the diff is heavy cast iron. you can drag it on rocks for decades and never hurt it. but if you are hitting a lot of rocks with your diff, you need to learn to drive. When you are driving off-road with your jeep, you should be putting the tires on the big rocks and therefore lifting the diff up and out of the way.

if you feel the need to bolt stuff on your diff, then at least use something that isn't going to screw up your clearance later down the road, or actually crush/break/damage your existing cover...take a look at this Barnett skid.
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if you feel the need to bolt stuff on your diff, then at least use something that isn't going to screw up your clearance later down the road, or actually crush/break/damage your existing cover...take a look at this Barnett skid.

My only comment is the skid you like SEEMS to hang real low. I know recently with my stock Jeep the only line up a very steep rutted dirt trail was "down in the ruts." I ended up plowing the thing with my front diff three times failing to get up. I finally made it and no one behind had a problem due to my prepping. With this plate I'm not confident I would have made it up.
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Here is what I have on my YJ and it is the same for the JK...doesn't hang down and it just bolts over the factory cover. Just don't use the allen head bolts that come with it, use your stock ones. Price is right and it is stout.

Rugged Ridge 16597.44 - Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Differential Skid Plate for Dana 44 Front or Rear Axle - Quadratec
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Yeah, its hard to see on the Rancho skid, just how far it hangs down. I wish they provided a true profile shot. The rugged ridge looks decent enough. I might have to look at that one more. I don't just want a cover, and that one looks like it protrudes enough.
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i have the rancho skid and there front diff cover works real well the amount of huge gashes in it plate and i hit it real hard on a rock and bent the plate but my cover is golden! its nice on rea big flat rocks because it will slide right up them where my buddy has the exact same set up with out the slider just hits the rock and hes finished
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i have the rancho skid and there front diff cover works real well the amount of huge gashes in it plate and i hit it real hard on a rock and bent the plate but my cover is golden! its nice on rea big flat rocks because it will slide right up them where my buddy has the exact same set up with out the slider just hits the rock and hes finished
How much lower does it sit? Is there more that a 1/4" loss in ground clearance?
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I plan to replace my diff covers when I regear and the Teraflex diff covers look like a good inexpensive option. Less than $100 for each and made from ductile iron with drain holes.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:40 PM   #14
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I like the skid idea versus replacing the diff cover.

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