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Old 11-16-2009, 02:40 PM   #1
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skid plates

i want to put some skid plates on my 2002 5 speed tj what is the order of most important ones that i should buy. I only ask because i have to buy them one at a time

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Old 11-16-2009, 02:42 PM   #2
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I just got an oil pan skid plate and a steering box skid. I would say those 2 are pretty good starting points, followed by control arm skids and maybe an engine skid.

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Old 11-16-2009, 03:04 PM   #3
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I did my steering box and engine right off. Next up are lower control arms.
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:05 PM   #4
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Steering Box Skid & Engine Skid are the two you definately need.

If you can get an Engine skid that covers the oil pan, like Skid Row engine skid.
Search ebay or jeepforum.com classifieds. I bought mine there for $100.
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:43 PM   #5
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I have the Skid Row oil pan/ engine skid and she is a beast.. Pretty easy install too. I also added the Warn Steering box skid and I am happy with it as well..

The Skid Row was one of the first mods I did to my Jeep.. I got a close look at my buddies oil pan after 1 trip of playing in the rocks.. It looked like Chuck Norris punched it from underneath.. Needless to say.... I got the skid!
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:07 PM   #6
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I have both the steering box and rear engine skid plates on my '02. Before you install your engine skid plate, you may want to make sure that there are holes for the oils to drain from both your engine and your transmission. I recently had to pull my skid plate just to cut a hole in it for my trans oil to drain thru. Both were from the dealer parts catalog when I purchased my Jeep in '02.
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:43 PM   #7
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I'd base it on what you'll hit the most and what is the most likely to leave you stranded, or cost a lot if it gets damaged.

Rocker Guards, Beefy Diff Covers, Engine/Oil Pan Skid, and Beefy Tie Rod would top my list . . . then I'd add things like the Steering Box Skid, Diff Sliders, etc. I've got them all and each one has (except maybe the Steering Box skid) has saved me more than it cost to buy the skid. Out in Calico last summer, I was so excited after making it down the big waterfall, I failed to notice the smaller, yet big enough waterfall after it . . . would have cost me a front driveshaft and pinyon yoke for sure . . . and probably a new oil pan depending on how quickly I was able to stop . . . instead I have some cool scars to show off at the mall!!!
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:41 PM   #8
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2002 huh? I'd check one of the lowest point on your Jeep - which is the fuel tank. IIRC, you may have the thin flimsy plate on your Jeep, unlike the post 2003 models. If so, I would recommend you look into SAVVY's lightweight gas skid .
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The first question is what kind of wheeling you are going to do. Are you into heavy duty rock crawling? Which do you use more, your brain or your gas pedal?

I think the most important guards to have are: (in order) 1) Rocker guards, I have the Shrockworks, they have paid for themselves multiple times. 2)Engine/trans skid, I have the Skidrow, I like the way it mounts and it has held up well. 3) Gas tank, I have the Savvy aluminum one and really like it, haven't tested it yet but I'm pretty sure it will work great and it doesn't weigh anymore than the stock one.

The steering box skid is cheep in the grand scheeme of things, but I've never put one on and have never gotten close to damaging my steering box.

Watch e-bay and the interwebs for deals and buy things as your wheeling chalenges grow.
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That Savvy gas tank skid is sick . . . I'm sure I'll get one soon, but my stocker needs a few more dents first!
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That Savvy gas tank skid is sick . . . I'm sure I'll get one soon, but my stocker needs a few more dents first!
Yes they are! And the guys at Savvy are pretty great as well! I'm waiting on their new tummy-tuck T/C skid to hit production.
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The stock TC skid is very weak. If you want to do some serious offroading I would replace that thing.
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Curse this forum and all this very useful information.

A Rokmen gas tank skid and JKS 1.25 lift somehow fell into my shopping basket and accedentally got paid for thru paypal





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I think a tummy tuck is going to be next on my list and then I'll probably go with the Savvy gas tank skid after that. I know both the Nth and Rokmen TT will fit without a BL with a bit of massaging ... how about the Savvy . . .


Hey Gerald, Nick, Blaine . . . I've got a beautiful 06 Rubi that you can use to show that your new TT will work without a BL!!!
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Curse this forum and all this very useful information.

A Rokmen gas tank skid and JKS 1.25 lift somehow fell into my shopping basket and accedentally got paid for thru paypal





Rokmen have some nice products . . . I've got their rockers and they are awesome . . . the quality of the welds, fit, etc are amazing.
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...Hey Gerald, Nick, Blaine . . . I've got a beautiful 06 Rubi that you can use to show that your new TT will work without a BL!!!
I already offered.... they declined.

You need a 1.5" body lift for the Savvy TT..... and they're still working on getting it into production.
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lowest first. I figure I'm bound to smack a pumpkin on something so I went with Riddler covers and a beefy tierod first.

If I ever get to go offroading I'll do some more.
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You need a 1.5" body lift for the Savvy TT.....
Seriously . . . a 1.5 BL? Who even makes a 1.5" . . . Most seemed to be 1" except for JKS with their 1.25". If that's the case, looks like I'm back to either Nth or Rokmen . . . maybe even Kilby . . . they will all work with no BL.

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