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Old 06-27-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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Overheating with skids?

I been thinking about pick up a rock hard skid fir the oilpan/trans/bugle but am concerned about trapping heat. Am i over thinking this? Lol

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Old 06-27-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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Well I've heard, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong, that the reason the factory switched from the skid plates to the skid bars on the JK's is because of the trans overheating issue. I guess the bar deosn't trap as much heat or allows some air to get to the trans for cooling. Also heard that the skid may cause debris such as twigs/leaves to get trapped between the trans/exhaust pipe which may cause fires. Now I'm sure there are a bunch of guys running skids (factory or aftermarket) on this forum that can confirm or deny these myths. Just what I've heard.

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Old 06-27-2013, 04:28 PM   #3
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It was because of "possible" trapped debris that in a hand full (maybe 3) vehicles nationwide they caught fire. Any due diligence after off roading to check the undercarraige and it won't ever happen. The auto trans won't overheat. Armor away.
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It was because of "possible" trapped debris that in a hand full (maybe 3) vehicles nationwide they caught fire. Any due diligence after off roading to check the undercarraige and it won't ever happen. The auto trans won't overheat. Armor away.
I have a manual what do you think?
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:34 PM   #5
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I have a manual what do you think?
I also have a manual. It will not overheat. If you think you need additional skid plates then do it. I never had a problem.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:34 PM   #6
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I've got a stick Rubi with Rock Hard skids all the way. Doesn't matter on road, off road, whatever, I've never had a heating problem. Even when wheeling in 110 degree summers. If you need skids, get them.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:40 PM   #7
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I've got a stick Rubi with Rock Hard skids all the way. Doesn't matter on road, off road, whatever, I've never had a heating problem. Even when wheeling in 110 degree summers. If you need skids, get them.
I just dont want it to be too late to need one if you know what i mean lol
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Better to have them and not need them, than to need them and not have them.

I get under my jeep after every trip and touch up any gouges with some black spray paint. Easy to do and keeps the rust away. It also lets you look around underneath for any problems that might have popped up.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:54 PM   #9
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Better to have them and not need them, than to need them and not have them.

I get under my jeep after every trip and touch up any gouges with some black spray paint. Easy to do and keeps the rust away. It also lets you look around underneath for any problems that might have popped up.
Yea think im gonna go for it. Thank you for the help man
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Thanks everyone!
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It was because of "possible" trapped debris that in a hand full (maybe 3) vehicles nationwide they caught fire. Any due diligence after off roading to check the undercarraige and it won't ever happen. The auto trans won't overheat. Armor away.
Definitely more than 3, and it was due to the transmission overheating and spilling ATF out the breather tube or dipstick which is right over the exhaust. The recall was only for the 2010 model when the 2007-2009 and 2011 have the exact same skid too. Chrysler definitely had to have pulled strings.
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Definitely more than 3, and it was due to the transmission overheating and spilling ATF out the breather tube or dipstick which is right over the exhaust. The recall was only for the 2010 model when the 2007-2009 and 2011 have the exact same skid too. Chrysler definitely had to have pulled strings.
The skid recall for 2010 was allegedly because the full auto trans skid plate was said to catch debris which could heat up and catch fire. That's the reason they went to a skid "bar". The trans issue that you mentioned is a separate issue not due to the skid plate. The overheating auto trans. was due to not having a trans. cooler which could cause as you explained.
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I have every Rock Hard Skid made with auto. Wheeled in the heat in Moab several times no issues. Headed to Moab this Tuesday.

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Old 06-29-2013, 12:00 PM   #14
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I can think of a few times where I have been stuck in mud to the bottom of my doors and havnt had any overheating issues.

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