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Old 10-16-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
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Anyone using M.O.R.E. Oil, Tranny skid?

I'm looking to add some undercarriage protection and am curious if anyone has used the M.O.R.E. Oil and Transmission Skid. I'm thinking of running this with the PS rear dif cover for peace of mind.

M.O.R.E. Oil Pan & Transmission Case Skid Plate, Black Powder Coated - MOR-JKOPSP

It looks pretty stout and seems to be a decent deal at $290.00. I'm also interested if anyone has installed it on a 2012+. The M.O.R.E website says it fits 07-11 but Morris4x4 lists it as fitting 07-14.

Thanks for any help.

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Looks like a viable skid option that won't break the bank. I don't see many post on MORE though.

Another popular option is EVO

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I know, not much out there about it. I was hoping not to be the guinea pig but I'll wait for a bit first to see what other's thoughts are. My thought was I could get the PS rear dif cover, Lube locker gasket and this for the same price as the EVO system. Decisions, decisions...
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Myself and two of my friends have them on '12+, they are a tremendous value. I wasn't too impressed with the ones that bolt on to the block, only covering the oil pan. I'm sure they'd work but I'd rather have something steel take the hit instead of my aluminum engine block. You won't be disappointed, it is very sturdy.
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I'm in...

I've been looking at skids for weeks now (as well as diff protection)...and can't make up my mind. The EVO system is supposedly a great option and the one posted here looks pretty good, too.

Decisions...decisions...
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Thanks mckey73. That's what I'm lookin for. Looks like I've got some followers and I better order before they are out!
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Wow that looks like a good set up.. Think I am going to get one, I was going to do Rugged Ridge just because I can get a full set cheap but I can not find any reviews on them.. This sounds like a good option.
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I have a $50 gift card for them, might use it toward it.
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Myself and two of my friends have them on '12+, they are a tremendous value. I wasn't too impressed with the ones that bolt on to the block, only covering the oil pan. I'm sure they'd work but I'd rather have something steel take the hit instead of my aluminum engine block. You won't be disappointed, it is very sturdy.
Was there any issues installing it? Do you have an exhaust spacer?
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Was there any issues installing it? Do you have an exhaust spacer?
X2 - exhaust spacers? Any lift on the rigs these are installed on?

The other skid I was looking at is this one -

Rugged Ridge Engine & Transmission Skid Plate with 2.5" or more lift, Black Powder Coat - 18003.51
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Was there any issues installing it? Do you have an exhaust spacer?
No exhaust spacer required, on one we had to buy another bolt that was a bit longer. It's pretty simple, you only need to drill one hole. I think there is a youtube video on the install. One of the Jeeps has the 3.5" Metalcloak lift, Darkfire on here.

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X2 - exhaust spacers? Any lift on the rigs these are installed on?

The other skid I was looking at is this one -

Rugged Ridge Engine & Transmission Skid Plate with 2.5" or more lift, Black Powder Coat - 18003.51

I was looking at that one to but it is much cheaper at
18003.51 - Engine and Transmission Skid Plate 2012-13 Wranglers
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I was looking at that one to but it is much cheaper at
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wow! Almost $100 cheaper for the same item!

Good find!
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This web site has lots of parts much cheaper than anyone and free shipping..
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I have the MORE oilpan/engine skid coming in few days for my '11 JKU ; plans to post install images and results . I did tons of research and it won the criteria match. Looks like i shall cease to worry about rocks as much as currently I do.....those rugged ridge ones are , from much that i read, not as well designed/cheaper fabbed....we shall see.....
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I just ordered the M.O.R.E. off-road one this morning.

$284 Free Shipping. Same day shipping
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OK, Here is my review of the M.O.R.E Oil and transmission skid plate. I ordered the skid from Morris4x4 on Friday Oct 18th for $289 with free shipping and 1-7 day expected delivery time. On Sat I got an email from Morris stating that they didn't have any in their FL warehouse and it would drop ship from a different location and they would notify me when it shipped. Not a big deal but by Wed I still hadn't heard anything so I decided to call Morris4x4. I got right through on the phone and Nate helped me track down what was going on, he found that it had shipped out of CO and the expected delivery was going to be Fri the 25th. They didn't have any tracking info for him at the time but he got back to me a little later with the tracking number.

It arrived Friday evening via FedEx and the box was intact (complete with about 1000 staples). Only 7 days from order to arrival, not too shabby! Jump to Sat morning, time to install this bad boy. I opened up the box and the skid was bubble and shrink wrapped very nicely. Great job MORE! I had watched the installation video a couple of times before it arrived and was ready to dive in...until I opened the included instructions and read that it "is designed to fit 2007 to current JK equipped with the 3.8L and OEM exhaust" @#%$@#$!! I have a '12 with the 3.6. OK, back up to the computer, check Morris' website, yep, it says 07-14, cross reference MORE's website, arrrgh!!! it says it fits 07-11 Not knowing if there was any difference between the model years I called Morris and Nancy told me that their vendor was closed and she would have to get back to me on Monday. Crap! I had a difficult run scheduled for the next day with the local Jeep club and didn't want to go out there with an unprotected oil pan and exposed tranny lines. So I watched the video again trying to decipher if they were installing it on a '12 or newer but I couldn't tell. So I got under my Jeep and started trying to line things up without marring any of the finish so if I did have to return it there wouldn't be any issues. I decided to just go for it, I loosened the motor mount bolts and placed the brackets up there and they looked like they would line up so I went for it. Fortunately the rest of the install went fairly easy my only other issue was I couldn't get the bolt that holds the driver's side bracket to the motor mount to fit from the top with the nut on the bottom. I went to the hardware store and got a 1" grade 8 bolt to replace the 1 1/2" that came with it and installed it with the nut on top. Problem solved! I must say that the installation video is spot on. It was just the written instructions that gave me a slight heart attack.

My overall impression of the skid is that it is a very solid and sturdy skid plate. It had a nice smooth black powder coat finish (yes I know I used the past tense there, remember I said I had a difficult run scheduled for the next day!) and the protection it provides is a major peace of mind. The package weighed 44lbs and you have to remove the small cross member that weighed 10lbs so a net gain of 34lbs for that much protection seems like a reasonable figure to me.

I did notice that once I got it installed that there is a little bit of vibration at idle that I can feel in the driver's side floor board. Nothing major but definitely something that was never there before. I also noticed a slight increase in exhaust volume in the cab. This makes sense to me as you are putting a steel plate directly below the exhaust under front seats so that noise is now diverted up instead of being able to escape out into the open air.

I will say that I got the chance to test out the skid less than a day after the install so the pretty black finish didn't last long as it now has some signatures from Tillamook State Forest OHV park.

Overall I am very satisfied with the value and the fit and finish of the skid as well as the performance. With the $$ I saved from the other skids I was looking at I was able to pick up a PS Bombshell rear diff cover and Lube Locker gasket to protect my rear end. btw...that also got a couple of signatures from TSF but that will be in a different post.

I hope that this long winded post helps someone else out to make a decision when they are looking to protect their investment.
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Good deal man. Wow ... Risky installing it.

44lbs that's it? Seems light for something important.
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I thought the oil drain on the 3.8 was in a different place from the 3.6. Can you still access the drain plug?
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Thanks for the great review and pics
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Here's a pic of it after the run on Sunday, it's still dirty but those long brown lines aren't just streaks of mud. There's a little bit of scrapage under the dirt. I'll load another pic after I wash it up.
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I thought the oil drain on the 3.8 was in a different place from the 3.6. Can you still access the drain plug?
yes, there is plenty of room to get to the drain plug. It is a little off center to the passenger side but it has enough clearance to get a socket or wrench on it. The hole is pretty good size, I can get a measurement or picture if you want.
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Another question: I see that you don't have exhaust spacers for the driveshaft drop and the passenger side exhaust looks pretty close to the skid. If that exhaust is dropped a couple of inches with spacers would it still clear?
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The drain cutout is an oval that is 4"x3" so plenty of room there but there is no room to add exhaust spacers as there is only about 1/2" between the exhaust and skid.
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Myself and two of my friends have them on '12+, they are a tremendous value. I wasn't too impressed with the ones that bolt on to the block, only covering the oil pan. I'm sure they'd work but I'd rather have something steel take the hit instead of my aluminum engine block. You won't be disappointed, it is very sturdy.
I am one of Mckey73 friends that he helped me install the M.O.R.E plate and it has already done it's job. I would recommend it to anyone.
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The drain cutout is an oval that is 4"x3" so plenty of room there but there is no room to add exhaust spacers as there is only about 1/2" between the exhaust and skid.
Ah Crap! I forgot to mention the Fumoto drain valve, F106-N is the part # and you can get it on Amazon. I have the 3.6 and I know they advertise the drain hole is supposed to work but my oil decided to drain off the rear of the skid plate.

As far as the vibrations go make sure it's not hitting the exhaust! I ordered one of the very first ones and I had to cut a bit off the passenger side, but when we did NMBruce's there was much more room.

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Another question: I see that you don't have exhaust spacers for the driveshaft drop and the passenger side exhaust looks pretty close to the skid. If that exhaust is dropped a couple of inches with spacers would it still clear?
Darkfire on here has a 3.5" lift with the spacer and doesn't have any rubbing issues.
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Ah Crap! I forgot to mention the Fumoto drain valve, F106-N is the part # and you can get it on Amazon. I have the 3.6 and I know they advertise the drain hole is supposed to work but my oil decided to drain off the rear of the skid plate.

As far as the vibrations go make sure it's not hitting the exhaust! I ordered one of the very first ones and I had to cut a bit off the passenger side, but when we did NMBruce's there was much more room.

Darkfire on here has a 3.5" lift with the spacer and doesn't have any rubbing issues.
So the fumoto drain valve is needed to drain oil correctly or the fumoto makes it drain out of the back of the skid?

I've bashed in the factory cross bar that's supposed to protect the transmission and it's vibrating on my exhaust but I have the Teraflex exhaust spacers. They drop the exhaust fairly far (only an inch above the transmission crossmember support). So I'm concerned about it vibrating on a skid. I've read that the spacers don't work with most transmission skids and folks normally go with a different driveshaft and ditch the spacers but I'd prefer not to have to go that route yet. But I really need a skid there and this looks like an easier to install option than most.

Does Darkfire use this particular skid on a 2012 with spacers and no interference? The exhaust vibrating on the frame is really annoying.
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I've got this "coming" from freaking 'Quadrtec-forever-to-ship' because their darn web site NEVER tells anyone if a part's on backorder or not until AFTER you buy it ( saving $10 + free shipping is no longer worth it to me; Extreme Terrain woulda had it here already for my trip to Beasley Knob, Ga this past weekend) but, I will post pics of the install on my '11 when the Q gets it here; this post was great and I am glad you're inginuity worked for your '12 (?) & you were able to get it on the vulnerable oil pan...Fumoto valve will alleviate the flow issues if you experience them.....
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I've got this "coming" from freaking 'Quadrtec-forever-to-ship' because their darn web site NEVER tells anyone if a part's on backorder or not until AFTER you buy it ( saving $10 + free shipping is no longer worth it to me; Extreme Terrain woulda had it here already for my trip to Beasley Knob, Ga this past weekend) but, I will post pics of the install on my '11 when the Q gets it here; this post was great and I am glad you're inginuity worked for your '12 (?) & you were able to get it on the vulnerable oil pan...Fumoto valve will alleviate the flow issues if you experience them.....
It is frustrating that Quadratec doesn't let you know if something is in stock until after the purchase. Most places let you know before you check out.

That said, how long are they telling you it will be on back order?

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