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Old 03-31-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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RROR skid plate install help?

I just "finished" installing the River Raider Off-Road Skid plate system for a '12 Wrangler 4 door. First let me say I am very impressed with the quality and workmanship of these plates.

I say "finished", though because one of the brackets did not fit so I am hoping for some input from someone who has experience installing this kit. The bracket in question is the center bracket on the inside for the gas tank skid plate. I was able to install it to the Jeep just fine but after all is said and done, the bracket lines up about 1-1.5 inches away from where it needs to connect to the skid plate iteslf.

I could easily accept that I did something wrong as I'm not all that mechanically inclined, but I feel pretty confident that I got everything right considering everything else lined up all the way around the full kit, all three plates. So it can't be that I have the skid plate shifted wrong or that I switched two brackets around. That leaves me with two possibilities. Either I'm totally dumb and I'm just not seeing something obvious here, or as unlikely as it is, I got the incorrect bracket with my kit. Has anyone else dealt with this?
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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The key with skid plates is to not tighten anything until al the bolts are in. I would go back and loosen (don't remove) all the bolts. Make sure that you can move it around somewhat freely and see if there is any play. I have been off by much more than you are now, the first time I stalled skid plates. I then realized that everything should be loose and I was able to reposition the plates and get all the bolts in. I even used some ratchet straps to help position the plates.

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I agree with loosening up your bolts and align everything. From your picture, it looks like you could loosen the bolt and slightly adjust the bracket to get it closer to the skid. If all of the skid bolts are loosened, you could probably move the skid and make it fit.

Worse case, loosen the bolt in the picture and spin the bracket around 180 degrees so that it is closer to the skid.
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I got it! Thanks for the input! I had tried actually a couple times to loosen everything and adjust the skid plate but the way it envelopes the gas tank it just wasn't working. Especially since there was one other very stubborn bolt in another spot that demanded to be the first one installed. But I fired of an email to RROR this morning and Kenny Hauk called me back and confirmed that it was the right bracket. He suggested the same thing you did, br9roadking, about loosening the top bolt as much as possible to get the brackets as close as possible and then crank the hell out of it after both bolts were in. I had tried that last night but obviously not hard enough. Today I pounded the hell out of the mounting point to get the slightest bend in it and then tried again and it's all put together perfectly now.

Can't say enough good things about this skid system, and now their customer service, too! (He even offered to mail me a longer bolt if this one still wouldn't work.) I would recommend this set to anyone 100%. Working completely alone with a floor jack it took about about 10 hours total but I could easily see it taking about half that for someone with more experience who gets it all lined up right the first time. Mine included a lot of redos...
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