Originally Posted by The Green Monster
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