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Old 02-18-2014, 11:10 PM   #1
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Hi! When your going over rocks or tree stumps down on the floor what is the most vulnerable thing under your jeep to get damage, what kind of armor could i put on it underneath?

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:15 PM   #2
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Oil Pan, differentials, are two. More experienced jeepers may know more.

New beefy differential covers (poison spyder, Rancho, ARB, many brands to choose from).
Oil pan armor. Look at a recent thread called Rancho Oil Pan armor.

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Old 02-19-2014, 01:10 AM   #3
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Most of my impacts have been on the cross member and gas tank skid.
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:12 AM   #4
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oil pan, you should see mine.
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Depends on the model and if you have skidplates and/or an automatic transmission. Show a pic or few; we can make a better recommendation.
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I am going to start with a good 3 piece like Rock Hard, maybe beefing up the factory gas skid, beefier diff covers, and the lower control arm skids. At least on what I have done so far on rocks that is where I think I will start. None of mine have taken a "real" beating or anything like that, but being proactive. The factory gas tank skid is still in great shape with just some scratches, but because gas goes BOOM it makes me nervous. And realize that gas skid is really the only thing holding the tank up on the Jeep-if you remove it, the gas tank will go THUD.
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Here's an older thread you might want to look into:

List Of Armor Importance For JKs
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:23 AM   #8
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Here's an older thread you might want to look into:

List Of Armor Importance For JKs
Good info on this thread!
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:34 AM   #9
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The stock Wrangler comes from the factory with no protection at all for the oil pan.
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Hi! When your going over rocks or tree stumps down on the floor what is the most vulnerable thing under your jeep to get damage, what kind of armor could i put on it underneath?
Aside from rock sliders, which I have, I decided to work from the lowest point up as far as protection goes.
First, welded on front and rear control arm skids.
Second, beefed up diff covers, and added a rear diff slider (aev).
These were the things I FIRST noticed needed to be addressed with what I was driving through.
Now, time will tell what I need to do next.
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The stock Wrangler comes from the factory with no protection at all for the oil pan.
Even the rubicon's don't have oil pan protection. It's something I think they should add if you are getting their highest built model.
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Even the rubicon's don't have oil pan protection. It's something I think they should add if you are getting their highest built model.
I thought I read in one of the brochures where the pan is two parts? One being an inner aluminum pan, then the steel out pan, not sure if that meant the outer pan was its own oil pan protection?
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I thought I read in one of the brochures where the pan is two parts? One being an inner aluminum pan, then the steel out pan, not sure if that meant the outer pan was its own oil pan protection?
i think it's an aluminum skirt on the bottom of the engine block and then the steel pan. Two piece instead of one deep pan. This added strength to the engine block.
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Ok i'm now looking to spend some dough on armor from money i saved up from working overtime. Interesting how you guys never mentioned the transmission skid or engine skid which is alot of freaking money to repair especially the tranny, i have automatic.
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Even the rubicon's don't have oil pan protection. It's something I think they should add if you are getting their highest built model.
they dont for liability reasons, too many car fires because someone gets a bunch of dead grass wedged under their engine and the skid plate
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they dont for liability reasons, too many car fires because someone gets a bunch of dead grass wedged under their engine and the skid plate
I get not wanting to add another skid plate there but something similar to the rancho oil pan armor shouldn't be a liability. It's just a piece that is sealed on with epoxy and then bolted on.
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I have played in the rocks plenty (two different wranglers w/3.6L) and have not made contact with the oil pans yet. Gas tank skid has a few marks and the control arm brackets which have already been armored have a few marks. Proper tire placement is more valuable than skids. Stock skid placement is pretty well thought out on the wranglers.
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I have played in the rocks plenty (two different wranglers w/3.6L) and have not made contact with the oil pans yet. Gas tank skid has a few marks and the control arm brackets which have already been armored have a few marks. Proper tire placement is more valuable than skids. Stock skid placement is pretty well thought out on the wranglers.
This past weekend we were stuck on the side of the road for 2 hours at Helen Jeep fest while one of our guys made the trip into Hiawasse to get some epoxy, duct tape, brake/carburetor cleaner and some oil. A guy in a TJ that we were with came down on a rock and left an oil trail for 5 miles before the Jeep sputtered out. We were able to make the repair on the side of the road to get him home but it left me wanting to come home and buy some armor.
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This past weekend we were stuck on the side of the road for 2 hours at Helen Jeep fest while one of our guys made the trip into Hiawasse to get some epoxy, duct tape, brake/carburetor cleaner and some oil. A guy in a TJ that we were with came down on a rock and left an oil trail for 5 miles before the Jeep sputtered out. We were able to make the repair on the side of the road to get him home but it left me wanting to come home and buy some armor.
I think a person needs to do what makes them comfortable. For me the only parts I was routinely coming in rock contact with was the lower control arm brackets so those were my first pieces of armor (that and the front skid to replace the plastic air dam). the oil pan on the 3.6L is tucked up pretty well protected but I certainly understand if a person adds armor where ever they feel it is needed.
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they dont for liability reasons, too many car fires because someone gets a bunch of dead grass wedged under their engine and the skid plate
With an EVO skid this is not an issue.
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Sometimes things are out of your control. You can have all the awesome tire placement you want, but you can also slip off a rock, and land smack on your oil pan or crossmember. It's great insurance. To answer the original post, on an auto, the most vulnerable part (one that if broken will strand you) is the transmission line directly below the transmission itself. I decent twig can yank it off.
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Sometimes things are out of your control. You can have all the awesome tire placement you want, but you can also slip off a rock, and land smack on your oil pan or crossmember. It's great insurance. To answer the original post, on an auto, the most vulnerable part (one that if broken will strand you) is the transmission line directly below the transmission itself. I decent twig can yank it off.
what can you do about this? Other than transmission skid?
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what can you do about this? Other than transmission skid?
I found a rabbit's foot on a key chain and a four leaf clover in the glove box work very well.
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I found a rabbit's foot on a key chain and a four leaf clover in the glove box work very well.
That may work but just in case, a skid is the only thing that will protect that line.
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I pinched (partially broke) my return fuel line!! Made for an interesting ride home after wheeling.
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I found a rabbit's foot on a key chain and a four leaf clover in the glove box work very well.
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That may work but just in case, a skid is the only thing that will protect that line.
I may look into both of these!
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I have a full set of skids, diff covers, sliders, lca/shock mount skids, etc but IMO the most vulnerable is the engine/tranny lines (I have an auto). Then the transfer case. Sure the lca/shock mounts take a beating, but they aren't nearly as important to protect as that oil pan & the tranny.

I would also say it depends on the wheeling you do, we grow sharp pointed rocks here in CT like CO grows weed. I crawl under & look now 2 years after installing them & the most beat up, scratched up part of my skids is the tranny & transfer case. While the oil pan skid doesn't take as many hits as the others, it's still the first one I'd do. I don't think there is even a smudge on my evap skid. LOL

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