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Old 08-21-2013, 07:54 PM   #1
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Skid plate opinions needed

I'd like to install a skid plate on the differentials of my 2014 Rubicon. Does the Mopar 659744RR offer enough added protection to be worth considering it? What can a person do to provide front and bottom protection to the rear axle pumpkin? I'm new to Wranglers and would appreciate advice.

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Old 08-21-2013, 08:01 PM   #2
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The best protection, while not giving up ground clearance, is a differential cover. The stock differential cover is actually REALLY strong compared to what alot of people say, but the issue is the shape. It can peel while sliding off of rocks and gets hung up pretty easy. What a differential cover will do is allow your pumpkin to "slide" right off of rocks, with no damage what so ever to your differential, and in the case of you smashing your diff into a rock, the cover is will with stand any kind of hit. I will point you in the direction that I'm heading in, which is the Poison Spyder (or Riddler. Same kind, different brand stamp). They run around 110$, are very smooth all the way around for better angles to slide off of rocks, and are extremely strong.

As for differential skid plates like you mentioned, forget it. They give up inches of much needed clearance and don't offer any protection that is actually needed. The diff (with a cover) will handle every hit you can give it.

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The best protection, while not giving up ground clearance, is a differential cover. The stock differential cover is actually REALLY strong compared to what alot of people say, but the issue is the shape. It can peel while sliding off of rocks and gets hung up pretty easy. What a differential cover will do is allow your pumpkin to "slide" right off of rocks, with no damage what so ever to your differential, and in the case of you smashing your diff into a rock, the cover is will with stand any kind of hit. I will point you in the direction that I'm heading in, which is the Poison Spyder (or Riddler. Same kind, different brand stamp). They run around 110$, are very smooth all the way around for better angles to slide off of rocks, and are extremely strong.

As for differential skid plates like you mentioned, forget it. They give up inches of much needed clearance and don't offer any protection that is actually needed. The diff (with a cover) will handle every hit you can give it.
Is that the Poison Spyder Bombshell cover your talking about? That one looks pretty smooth and well built. Been looking at that one for my JK.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:13 PM   #4
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Is that the Poison Spyder Bombshell cover your talking about? That one looks pretty smooth and well built. Been looking at that one for my JK.
Yup, that's the one I'm ordering front/rear. Look really good if you color scheme them, too. (black/red black/orange etc)
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Yup, that's the one I'm ordering front/rear. Look really good if you color scheme them, too. (black/red black/orange etc)
Yes, think I'm ordering a pair as well.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:05 PM   #6
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The best protection, while not giving up ground clearance, is a differential cover. The stock differential cover is actually REALLY strong compared to what alot of people say, but the issue is the shape. It can peel while sliding off of rocks and gets hung up pretty easy. What a differential cover will do is allow your pumpkin to "slide" right off of rocks, with no damage what so ever to your differential, and in the case of you smashing your diff into a rock, the cover is will with stand any kind of hit. I will point you in the direction that I'm heading in, which is the Poison Spyder (or Riddler. Same kind, different brand stamp). They run around 110$, are very smooth all the way around for better angles to slide off of rocks, and are extremely strong.

As for differential skid plates like you mentioned, forget it. They give up inches of much needed clearance and don't offer any protection that is actually needed. The diff (with a cover) will handle every hit you can give it.
This is exactly the advice I hoped for. Thanks! Now to find a retail source for them.

EDIT: Found the retailer. Looks like a good product. Thanks again.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:52 PM   #7
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Arb

I like the ARB's. Good looking, does the job, and it has a dip stick.
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I like the ARB's. Good looking, does the job, and it has a dip stick.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:07 PM   #9
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I have the poison spyder bombshells on my rig. Dana 30 up front and 44 in the rear. On the front diff there are absolutely no clearance problems however on the rear they touch by an angels hair. Getting an aftermarket track bar bracket that attaches to then axle like the teraflex one eliminates this though. The Poison Spyders are so stout. PSC makes such great product s IMO. I wanna post a pic but its saying the pic exceeds my quota by 92kbs?? Dont know what the hell its about.
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AEV makes a rear diff skid that protects the rear U-joint as welll and only takes a 1/4" ground height. I have it on my Rubicon with a Riddler diff cover in case I back into a rock.

The AEV rear diff skid works well & I use it a lot on the rocky AZ trails...
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:26 PM   #11
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AEV makes a rear diff skid that protects the rear U-joint as welll and only takes a 1/4" ground height. I have it on my Rubicon with a Riddler diff cover in case I back into a rock.

The AEV rear diff skid works well & I use it a lot on the rocky AZ trails...
This one is exactly what I would choose for the rear diff of my JKUR. I have concerns with the fit/clearance though. The pictures don't seem to show a fuel tank and it's skid plate on the right side under the floor pan, so I just can't be sure it will work. I've left them a question about this concern. Sure would like to have it if it fits.
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I have PS Bombshells with Lubelockers F&R on our 2012 Rubicon, front and rear rub a little on the track bar but once they self-clearance it should be good The front rubs more than the rear....
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I have PS Bombshells with Lubelockers F&R on our 2012 Rubicon, front and rear rub a little on the track bar but once they self-clearance it should be good The front rubs more than the rear....
How do you like those lube lockers?
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After having to clean off sealant, I think I'll like them. I'll know for sure next time I change the fluid and take off the cover, the fact that they are reusable with no cleanup sold me. They have taken some hits and slid off some rocks and hold up better than I imagine the steel cover with sealant would have.
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After having to clean off sealant, I think I'll like them. I'll know for sure next time I change the fluid and take off the cover, the fact that they are reusable with no cleanup sold me. They have taken some hits and slid off some rocks and hold up better than I imagine the steel cover with sealant would have.
Interesting. Perhaps on my next change i will give them a try.

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