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Old 03-08-2011, 11:33 AM   #1
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Rugged Ridge Front Skid Plate

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Has anybody installed the Rugged Ridge Front Skid Plate on a 2010 or 2011 Wrangler?

Rugged Ridge instructions state that 2010 models and up, require grinding part of the frame that hangs down about 1/4" and drilling an additional hole. 2009 models and earlier did not require this.

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If anybody has installed this on a 2010 or 2011 Wrangler, how difficult was it, and how do you like it?


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Old 03-08-2011, 02:03 PM   #2
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I installed it with no issues on my '09. I wonder what changed?


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I installed it on my 2008 and do recall I had (1) hole with some misalignment and had to grind it out..
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:47 PM   #4
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This was addressed a few month ago, and you do have to perform a slight modification to run it on the 2010s. I cant remember what the exact reason was but someone contacted rr and found the answer.
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I installed this on my 2010. I remember it was a major pita for being a simple install. I believe I used different hardware or different bolts ( I did this in my buddies shop) so it went alright. Don't totally recall the deal but do remember it being more of a challenge that it should have. I have found many things that I have bought and done to my JK to require modification to some point. These are mass produced parts for the most part and things dont always go right.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:52 PM   #6
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I installed it on my 2010. I skipped that bolt. I give it a good kick every week. If I hear it vibrate, I'll address it.

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Old 03-09-2011, 12:06 AM   #7
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I installed mine Saturday. I have a 2011. It was really easy but it took a while because I took my time. The cross member "bracket" is too long to put the plate flush. It will not install properly because the brackets are too long and pushing it away. Anyhow, I used a cutting wheel to take most of the excess bracket off and then grinding wheel to make it nice and flush with the cross member. Put some paint on it and good as new. Never done anything like this before and I am really proud of it!

As for the one hole you have to drill in the cross member it was simple as well. I tightened all the bolts (sway bar bolts and driver side cross member bolt) first. That made everything nice and tight. I used a transfer punch and drilled away. I cannot remember sizes though...anyhow looks great and really completes the bumper!
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:02 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by USAntigoon View Post
I installed it on my 2008 and do recall I had (1) hole with some misalignment and had to grind it out..
Did you run the bumper without it at first?
Did it help with mpg?
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:01 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the replies so far.

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:15 AM   #10
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I know this thread is old but if anyone is still around and running the Rugged Ridge engine transmission skid plate how has it held up?
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:10 PM   #11
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I just installed the front skid plate on 2012 Rubicon. This thing is beefy! Easy install, just need to cut the ends of the cross bar (used a saws all). This is 1/4" thick!
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:34 PM   #12
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I installed one on a 2013. On mine at least there are brackets that hang down on each end of the cross-member that need to be cut flush and touch-up painted. It takes all of five minutes and is no big deal. In addition, you may need to drill a hole on the right side of the cross-member to run a bolt. Again, no big deal.

If you look at this pic, center top, you'll see an inverted triangular bracket, right next to the sway bar mount. It is the bottom one half inch of this bracket that needs to be cut flush on each side of the frame.

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