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Old 07-16-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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Skid plate upgrades

Hey there fellow jeepers so as the title suggests I am looking for upgraded skid plates for my JKU. I also would like to replace the cross member that the transfer case skid and gas tank skid mount to as I did some minor damage to it and would feel better if it were upgraded. So does anyone know where I might be able to find this stuff? I am not against fabbing it but I wanted to price out what retailes are asking for this stuff so I have an idea if I want to go through the trouble of doing it my self.

Also if I do decide to fab it does anyone have a suggestion of how thick to go and what type of metal would work best for wieght and protection besides the way to expensive titanum? Any help or suggestions are most welcome

Thanks and happy trails!

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Old 07-16-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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I have Skid row for at the time theres not that much available.It definitely does it job for when I only had a 2" lift I high center and drag the belly plate all the time when wheeling.Another one I use is Teraflex on my Tj and its also good.

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Old 07-16-2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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Nemesis offer a replacement cross-member, IIRC.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:13 PM   #4
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I just did some "skid plate work."

I replaced my very bashed up transfer case crossmember with a new one from Poison Spyder. It is very beefy and certainly much stronger than the factory unit. It was a fairly easy bolt-on operation, and my only gripe is that the unit was only available unpainted. Prepping and painting the piece was not fun and took a while. And since that support sits literally an inch away from the exhaust, I was little worried about heat on the newly painted crossmember. I also had to drill two holes to accomodate the transmission wiring harness clips.

(Just as an aside...it amazes me how much stuff Jeep has to protect with "heat shielding" underneath a Wrangler...scary!)

At the same time, I replaced my badly dented gas tank skid plate with a new factory unit. I thought this would be easier than installing an aftermarket unit, but anything involving the gas tank is a pain as the skid plate is what holds it in place. Swapping out the gas tank skid plate can be done without removing the tank completely - I used straps - but make sure the tank is as empty as possible.

As an afterthought, I also installed a RockHard secondary gas tank skid plate. This was a simple installation, the hardest part of which was drilling two holes in the factory skid. The RockHard kit was very well made, and can definitely take some abuse. All the needed hardware was shipped with the kit, including special collars for the crossmember bolts to prevent bolt head damage. Nice.

In retrospect, though, I wish I would have just gone with an upgraded after-market skid plate from the start.

And finally, I repainted my transfer case skid, which held up surprisingly well compared to everything else. There were a couple of big gouges from the rocks, but nothing substantial.

Next up will be a skid plate for the EVAP cannister as that bad boy is only one rock or log away from total destruction. I can't believe that Jeep made no effort to protect it.

One last thought: I'd be careful with bigger area skid plates for the transmission and transfer case. There is a lot of heat generated on the undercarriage as it is, and if that heat cannot dissipate, bad things are sure to happen. As I mentioned above, the amount of heat shielding on the undercarriage, including many of the cables, is a bit disturbing.

I hope this information is helpful!

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Bob~
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:18 PM   #5
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:26 PM   #6
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Thanks a ton guys! The cross member is gonna have to be replaced with something much stronger and after reading rcosika reply I think I am just gonna have to wait till I can either find the coin to do it all at one shot or just fab it all my self. And thanks for the warning about heat build up as is wasn't something I was even thinking about. I will have to check out that other thread too. Thanks again guys!!!
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:51 PM   #7
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I know this is an old thread, but I have installed a Clayton heavy-duty. And man, that thing is heavy!

I also have the Rock Hard trans and gas skids, and planning on installing the oil/ trans skid on my 2dR Jk.

The factory ones were pretty dented...

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