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Old 02-28-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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Bumper skid plate for Unlimited Rubi ???

Finalizing order for a ’12 Unlimited Rubi.
Besides ACE rails, first mod will be a front bumper with winch.
Will keep factory wheels and tires for at least a few years.
Some bumpers advertise skid plates, pre-runner Guard, or rollers.
What is the difference?
Are these needed for a Rubi?
Will they interfere with the Sway Bar Disconnect?
Are the bumper skid plates recommended?
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:50 PM   #2
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Will you be taking it off road? I certainly hope so if you bought a winch. the fact that it is a Rubicon is superfluous. If you are going to be going over obstacles, such as rocks or stumps where something could damage your undercarriage, then by all means get several skid plates.

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Old 02-28-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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I agree with daggo. With the Rubicon, you need to make sure you have a skid that will protect that sway bar disconnect motor. Also, keep in mind that many front bumpers require the relocation of the vacuum pump that is located on the frame rail behind the stock bumper.

Another thing to remember is that the addition of a new bumper and winch is definitely going to cause your front springs to sag. You will want to look into a front spacer to bring it back up.

As for the difference, skid plates protect the underbody and its connected components. A roller is just that; a roller to help you roll onto or off of obstacles. You shouldn't have a need for that. A prerunner bar protects the front end (grill, headlights, winch, etc).
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:16 AM   #4
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have a look at the LOD system Front Bumpers*::*2007-2012 Jeep JK Products*::*Jeep*::*LoD Offroad integrated skid plate to the bumper. Winch sits behind the bumper so you don't need the winch protector. The preunner is integrated to the bumper (you can buy that an option) Agree with the above, if you are off road, even if you think it is tame, guarantee you will bang up the front end. The LOD system also gives you the vacuum switch relocation kit which you will need if you are putting on a winch. Takes about 2 hours to install with good step by step instructions
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I am extremely new to the JK's. Just bought my first ever Jeep Wrangler Unlimited on Saturday, February 25th. I won't be doing any extreme off-roading, but in case I do some, how many skid plates are there under a JK? Which ones are already installed and which ones should I purchase and install? Thanks for your help!!
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I will answer your questions based on my 2011 with manual transmission. Came with skid plates for transfer case and fuel tank. I added on up front to protect the swaybar disconnect. Which ones you need depends on how you plan to use your Jeep and how much money you want to spend.. Lots of offroading? Might want to consider a skid for the evap canister. Automatic transmission? Might want a skid plate for the tranny oil pan.
You could even get a skid plate for the engine.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:31 AM   #7
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I believe the 2012s come with a skid for the evap as well.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #8
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I am extremely new to the JK's. Just bought my first ever Jeep Wrangler Unlimited on Saturday, February 25th. I won't be doing any extreme off-roading, but in case I do some, how many skid plates are there under a JK? Which ones are already installed and which ones should I purchase and install? Thanks for your help!!
There are so many different opinions on "extreme off-roading" like anything else. Some people think running a 6 minute mile is extreme while others think it's a jog. If you plan to go over rocks that stick up more than a few inches off the ground on a regular basis getting a few skids is probably a good idea IMO. Gravel roads, the beach, dirt roads -> the stock skids are fine. It also depends on if you have a lift and bigger tires. The added few inches of those can mean smacking that rock or not. The stock skids are gas tank, evap canister, tranny cross bar, and transfer case skid.

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I'd reco adding an oil pan skid, better tranny skid to protect the cooler line (automatic), a skid to protect the ridiculous 2012 exhaust loop, front diff (and maybe rear) cover, and a Rubicon disco motor skid if you have the Rubi. If you don't have Rubi rails (or even if you do) lots of people add rock sliders as well. The stock fuel tank skid is really big, but thin, and gets scratched and dented easily so upgrading that will depend on how much you like rocks. Other skids are LCA skids, rear shock pod skids, rear drive shaft slider (AEV),and more. These all add weight and potential for more dirt collecting leading to rust but when you are on some rocks you appreciate they are there. You also have unlimited choices in body armor but I don't have any yet so I can't really comment.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:46 AM   #9
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When my wife started talking about large bumpers and winches I had to tell her about the additional costs of the skid plate and leveling the thing afterwards.

I'm all about it, but for me it is a long-term project, so in the mean time I'm adding a grill guard and stubbying the stock bumper while I save my pennies.


It looks like a skid plate matched to the bumper is often what happens, so I'm going with an inexpensive one for the stock bumper until then too.

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