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Old 07-10-2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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River Raider Skid Kit Help for 2012 JKU

I'm relatively handy most times but I'm really beginning to feel stoopid.

I received my River Raider Skid kit for my JKU today, and figured I'd put it on after work. The skids seem to be high quality, but the instructions are a bit lacking.

I first laid all the pieces out in the garage to get and idea of how they went on. The instructions say to install the plates from front to rear, leaving them loose to adjust as required.

I started by trying to hang the first plate (oil pan/tranny skid), and am stuck. The plate attaches to two mounting brackets that hang down from the engine mount bolts. I've tried mounting the brackets to the front of the mounts, the rear of the mount, diagonal (one front one back, and the reverse of that configuration) and the skid/brackets just wont line up right. The rear lip of the skid either hangs too far past the tranny cross brace (nomenclature ?), or too far forward and contacts the front axle.

Has anyone installed this kit on a 2012 JK (I don't think it matters whether it's an unlimited or not for the oil pan/tranny skid)? If so could you please explain how the brackets are installed. Do they go on the forward part of the engine mount, the rear, the middle, etc? Pics would be great.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-10-2012, 10:08 PM   #2
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Waited too long for an update. The 2012 install/kit is different than the 2010 -2011 kits. So a 2010 - 2011 install pics may not help (but I wouldn't mind taking a look as it may help, but confidence is not high).

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Old 07-11-2012, 05:43 AM   #3
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I just put these on last week - if I remember correctly you have to back out the engine mount bolt & use the spacer provided with the kit (on the drivers side). There was a special note on the 3rd page of instructions where the pics are that we didn't read till after we already figured it out, but that explains it.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:54 AM   #4
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Ok, really crappy pics, but crawling under the Jeep with a camera at work is never a good idea! Not sure if they help or not, but this is the drivers side bracket. Let me know if you need better pics, once I'm home I'll be more comfortable crawling under it.

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Old 07-11-2012, 10:27 AM   #5
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Thanks for the pics. I read the instructions all the way through several times, and am aware of the slotted crescent thing-a-ma-job that goes on the drivers side. The problem I'm having is that no matter where I put the brackets (front or rear of the engine mount), the skid plate doesn't sit right. It's either too far forward (hits the front axle), or too far back (goes past the flat lip on the rear of the skid plate and the rear angled portion of the skid hits the tranny crossmember ).

If you don't mind a couple of quick questions:

Do the brackets go on the front or rear of the engine mounts? (I assume rear)
The driver side bolt can't be removed (as noted in the instructions), do you have to fully remove the engine mount bolt from the passenger side to install the bracket on that side, and does it mount on the rear or forward portion of the mount?
Did you install the brackets first then attach the skid to them, or did you install them together as a "unit" (that seems like it would be a PITA).

I know it's a pain getting the pics, and i do appreciate them. But if you get a chance if you could get me a couple more I'd appreciate it (bracket to plate, passenger bracket to mount).

Thanks again for the help!
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:08 PM   #6
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Ok, got a few more pics. The first 2 are drivers, the second 2 are passenger. They both go on the back of the mount. We installed the brackets first, then the skid. I didnt have anything to do with the passenger side install, but I don't believe they removed anything completely but I could be wrong. It was impossible to get a pic of the passenger side that shows the bracket & the bolt, sorry, I wish I could be more help.



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Horrible pic, but that is the bolt right there in the middle, the bracket is to the right of it.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:24 PM   #7
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Thanks for the pics, they helped. I'm putting it on right, the brackets just don't reach the skid. I tried again after work, no luck. I'll probably give it another shot this weekend.

Thanks, every little bit helps
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:34 AM   #8
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Call River Raider. They are nice guys there & I'm sure they can help.

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