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Old 04-15-2013, 11:15 AM   #1
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Recommendations for Light Duty Skid Plates

I thought about posting this in the "list of Armor" thread but figured it was different enough that I wouldn't crap up that thread with light duty questions.

Recommendations for a stock 2013 JK sport that will do no rock crawling (Rubi rails already added)

Use case:
- a good bit of highway driving to get to places
- off-road is farm/logging roads, mud, ruts, gravel and stone. Also snow on these types of roads and snow banks to be cleared. (I do nature/wildlife photography so my off roading purpose is getting to locations)
- plan to retain stock height and tire size.

I'm looking for light weight solutions - but that will do the job for my off roaring.

Ideas and recommendations for what needs to be protected (and possible light weight recommendations) are welcome!

Thanks!
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:20 AM   #2
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I thought about posting this in the "list of Armor" thread but figured it was different enough that I wouldn't crap up that thread with light duty questions.

Recommendations for a stock 2013 JK sport that will do no rock crawling (Rubi rails already added)

Use case:
- a good bit of highway driving to get to places
- off-road is farm/logging roads, mud, ruts, gravel and stone. Also snow on these types of roads and snow banks to be cleared. (I do nature/wildlife photography so my off roading purpose is getting to locations)
- plan to retain stock height and tire size.

I'm looking for light weight solutions - but that will do the job for my off roaring.

Ideas and recommendations for what needs to be protected (and possible light weight recommendations) are welcome!

Thanks!
Mark
light weight and skid plates rarely are put on the same sentence. However River Raider makes a complete skid system which is 145lbs in steel. If you upgrade to the Aluminum it cuts the weight in half. However, they wont hold up as long. Bare steel is $1075, black powder coat add $200, aluminum at another $280

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Old 04-15-2013, 11:23 AM   #3
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Honestly if you're not doing rock crawling then skid plates aren't worth the added weight.. I'm sure some people will give you good suggestions but thats just my opinion. I'm in the same boat as you, and I also have just the rubi rails. The weight vs use of other components is why I'm not putting on skid plates, bumpers, heavier rails, etc.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:24 AM   #4
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You don't need skids your covered in all the important spots from stock for light wheeling
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:33 AM   #5
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That's where I was kinda leading too. Just wanted some opinions, thanks! Hardest thing I'd probably end up smacking would be an "ice bolder" buried in a snow bank!

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Old 04-15-2013, 12:38 PM   #6
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I would suggest a front skid . Get rid of the plastic one or that ice bolder will.
I tried the river raider oil and trans skid and didn't like it.. The fit was very bad. It was all on my trans cooling lines and filled up with oil when I changed it.. IMO jeep should have a trans and oil pan skid on it! It's trail rated ??? All the 4x4 trucks I've owned had them.. But I love my jkur
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I thought about posting this in the "list of Armor" thread but figured it was different enough that I wouldn't crap up that thread with light duty questions.

Recommendations for a stock 2013 JK sport that will do no rock crawling (Rubi rails already added)

Use case:
- a good bit of highway driving to get to places
- off-road is farm/logging roads, mud, ruts, gravel and stone. Also snow on these types of roads and snow banks to be cleared. (I do nature/wildlife photography so my off roading purpose is getting to locations)
- plan to retain stock height and tire size.

I'm looking for light weight solutions - but that will do the job for my off roaring.

Ideas and recommendations for what needs to be protected (and possible light weight recommendations) are welcome!

Thanks!
Mark
Here is an option. Complete kit is $805 or you can run just the pieces you want and save some $. IMO the oil pan skid really isn't super critical so you could save $265 there.

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Old 04-16-2013, 01:47 PM   #8
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Great! Thanks for all the info guys.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:35 PM   #9
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With the oil pan skid, will that need to be removed each time I change oil? I am looking for a skid that allows me to not remove it, yet change the oil.
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If I put one of these systems on how much lift will I loose
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The first time I took the JKU Sport out to the farm I drove over a log. No big deal, until it rolled and a branch popped up and put a dent in the bottom of the driver side just behind the front wheel. ACE rails added after that. I plan on some rocks due to where I ride in north AL and southern TN. I got the EVO protek system from Jason @ Krawl off road. I was concerned with how exposed the automatic transmission and oil an were. They were around $400 and I think well worth it after this weekends trip.
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With the oil pan skid, will that need to be removed each time I change oil? I am looking for a skid that allows me to not remove it, yet change the oil.
Same here and I think I found one - link below.

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The first time I took the JKU Sport out to the farm I drove over a log. No big deal, until it rolled and a branch popped up and put a dent in the bottom of the driver side just behind the front wheel. ACE rails added after that. I plan on some rocks due to where I ride in north AL and southern TN. I got the EVO protek system from Jason @ Krawl off road. I was concerned with how exposed the automatic transmission and oil an were. They were around $400 and I think well worth it after this weekends trip.
I can't find the EVO system you're talking about. Is this similar?

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