Originally Posted by GamecockBobby
Ok, gonna consult you now..... Body Armor. Some of it looks really good, some of it doesn't. What are the thoughts of the forum on that?
I'll chime in here because I am a big fan of body armor. A few quick rules of thumb:
1) plastic is NOT body armor, even if it has a pretty diamond plate pattern molded into it.
2) don't cheap out when buying armor; it is designed to prevent more expensive repairs/damage.
3) you can never have too much armor (IMO).
I frequently call my Jeep a low-rider because it only has a 2" lift and wears 31" tires. I like to play on the rocks. As a result, I have added quite a bit of armor. My current list includes:
-Rock Hard rocker guards with tubing
-ProComp front bumper
-Smittybilt rear bumper
-Mopar front diff cover
-Fabtech steering box skid plate
(next on my list is an upgraded gas tank skid plate)
Now the question is, why did I choose each of the above items? Here are the answers:
I wanted sliders that bolted to the body so as to not lose any ground clearance, and I wanted the extra tubing to help me pivot around large rocks (they really work) and
to prevent door dings in parking lots.
it has a simple, angled design and is 1/4" thick steel--it has already withstood repeated rock bashing. As an added bonus, it was very affordable.
I wanted a rear bumper that matched the look of my front ProComp but with a 2" integrated receiver that was actually rated to tow. Incredibly, this one is rated for Class III towing.
I wanted a front diff cover and a friend gave this one to me new in the box. There may be better ones out there, but so far this one is holding up well.
all TJ steering box skid plates are the same general design, but this was the only one I could find that is 1/4" thick. I value my steering box and want it to survive.
The thing I like most about my armor is the confidence it gives me. Some of my fellow Jeepers are amazed at the challenges I will attempt. My attitude is that it won't cause serious damage; worst case, I'll just scrape/drag some armor. This has allowed me to navigate through/over/around some boulders which were larger than I ever would have attempted unarmored, and it makes my Jeep very satisfying to me as a result.
Look carefully at this photo and you can see rock scrapes on my front bumper (at the driver's end), on the steering box skid plate and
on the bottom of my diff cover.
So armor up, everybody!