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Old 04-08-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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2012 JK oil pan skid plates

I have a 2012 jk rubi. Don't know why jeep didn't put a skid plate over the oil pan and transmission. Has anyone installed an aftermarket or have a recommendation? Thanks.

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I have a 2012 jk rubi. Don't know why jeep didn't put a skid plate over the oil pan and transmission. Has anyone installed an aftermarket or have a recommendation? Thanks.
There are a lot of good ones, I have the three-piece Rock Hard setup.




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What was the install on that kit like? Any idea of how much weight added?

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I have a 2012 jk rubi. Don't know why jeep didn't put a skid plate over the oil pan and transmission. Has anyone installed an aftermarket or have a recommendation? Thanks.
Installed an EVO skid system recently, very nice system.
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What was the install on that kit like? Any idea of how much weight added?

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My guess by the shipping weight, means that the three main skids weigh, collectively, about 150-160lbs. Probably nor more or less than similar ones. They're down low and lower your COG.
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Installed an EVO skid system recently, very nice system.
Note the exposed bolts. The Rock Hard plates have steel tapered bolt head protectors so that you won't ruin your bolts when scraping the bottom and need to drill out your plates to remove them when necessary. The Rock Hard system also provides an almost-seamless plate that the obstruction may glide along, rather than a bunch of individual surfaces at different depths to bang upon.

The RH is fairly smooth, and the bolts are protected.

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Note the exposed bolts. The Rock Hard plates have steel tapered bolt head protectors so that you won't ruin your bolts when scraping the bottom and need to drill out your plates to remove them when necessary. The Rock Hard system also provides an almost-seamless plate that the obstruction may glide along, rather than a bunch of individual surfaces at different depths to bang upon.

The RH is fairly smooth, and the bolts are protected.
Anyone that "scrapes" the belly pan so much that you need to drill out the bolts to take them off need some rock crawling lessons. Crawl ON the rocks, not OVER them.
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Anyone that "scrapes" the belly pan so much that you need to drill out the bolts to take them off need some rock crawling lessons. Crawl ON the rocks, not OVER them.
Lol. You're selling? One hit can smash an exposed bolt. If you're never going to risk hitting your skids, why even have them? if you can go over obstacles without ever hitting a skid, why have them?

My installer who has worked on many hundreds of Jeeps. He's probably the most proliffic one in the 12th most populous state. He told me how great it was to have the bolt protectors, because he has had to drill out scores of skids from Jeeps that snag on a skid bolt.

Unless you have an M1A2 Abrams tank, you are going to hit your skids when you go over any interesting obstacles. You want nothing ever to touch anything but your tires, but if you live by that, you're only driving on lame gravel roads or a beach (a Subaru will do that). When you do taverse a difficult high obstacle (and you can't drive around it), you have to scrape the bottom of your skids. If you have an exposed bolt, it will get sheared like a blob of butter. Why not have steel bolt protectors?

If you don't need skids, fine. But if you need skids, it's because some force/material might penetrate through metal, and you want to protect it with heavier metal. Why have weak and perpendicular exposed bolt-heads on the heavier, protective metal skid plate? Huh?

Answer: cheaper! It's clearly not: better.
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Lol. You're selling? One hit can smash an exposed bolt. If you're never going to risk hitting your skids, why even have them? if you can go over obstacles without ever hitting a skid, why have them?

My installer who has worked on many hundreds of Jeeps. He's probably the most proliffic one in the 12th most populous state. He told me how great it was to have the bolt protectors, because he has had to drill out scores of skids from Jeeps that snag on a skid bolt.

Unless you have an M1A2 Abrams tank, you are going to hit your skids when you go over any interesting obstacles. You want nothing ever to touch anything but your tires, but if you live by that, you're only driving on lame gravel roads or a beach (a Subaru will do that). When you do taverse a difficult high obstacle (and you can't drive around it), you have to scrape the bottom of your skids. If you have an exposed bolt, it will get sheared like a blob of butter. Why not have steel bolt protectors?

If you don't need skids, fine. But if you need skids, it's because some force/material might penetrate through metal, and you want to protect it with heavier metal. Why have weak and perpendicular exposed bolt-heads on the heavier, protective metal skid plate? Huh?

Answer: cheaper! It's clearly not: better.
I can see by your responses to this and other posts that you like it your way and your way only, while it is my idea to bring to the table choices and ideas to help these guys on here make decisions based on product availability and quality. I know rock hard is a good choice of products, but it's not the only choice. EVO products are tested and used by some KOH drivers, with excellent results, and it doesn't get any tougher than that. But it's not the only choice of skids, just one that works well.
I'm a Chevy fan, but will I knock you because you drive a ford? No, it's not my choice, but they're very competitive trucks and both work well. Try to be a little more open minded when it comes to products for jeeps and off road, there's more than one good choice. I'm only here to help and offer friendly advice, not argue.
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I have the RockHard4x4 skids and they are working well for me. The only thing that could be improved is the opening in the skid for draining the oil. The opening is under the drain plug, but the hole is not centered under the plug. I don't know if the skid for my 2012 is a modified version of the 2011 skid or a new design, but it could use some modification.

I haven't attempted to change my own oil yet because I don't want a fight with the dealership if I need warranty work done, so I get the dealer to change my oil. The other day when I had the dealer change my oil, I think most of the oil was in and on my skids and the shop floor than in the oil catch drum. The shop guys said that they had some difficulty getting the oil drain plug off and were mopping up oil from the floor and wiping oil off my skids.
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Finally a web site that has more than 1 picture and has installation instructions, I want to buy from there just based on that
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That's what I'm talking about, nice product and USA made!
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I can see by your responses to this and other posts that you like it your way and your way only, while it is my idea to bring to the table choices and ideas to help these guys on here make decisions based on product availability and quality. I know rock hard is a good choice of products, but it's not the only choice. EVO products are tested and used by some KOH drivers, with excellent results, and it doesn't get any tougher than that. But it's not the only choice of skids, just one that works well.
I'm a Chevy fan, but will I knock you because you drive a ford? No, it's not my choice, but they're very competitive trucks and both work well. Try to be a little more open minded when it comes to products for jeeps and off road, there's more than one good choice. I'm only here to help and offer friendly advice, not argue.
I just like protected bolts. If you don't, I can't fault you. Just be prepared to drill them out. Not saying EVO doesn't make good products. When I pointed out that exposed bolts, I was just providing advice, and you, not me, argued that I was wrong. What other posts of mine?
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Do any of the above skids work with either the TeraFlex exhaust spacer, or the AFE Y pipe kit?
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Do any of the above skids work with either the TeraFlex exhaust spacer, or the AFE Y pipe kit?
Don't buy that exhaust, just replace the front driveshaft with a Tom woods unit, then you can leave the factory exhaust on, and get a top quality front shaft.

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