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Old 04-05-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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Which skid plates should be added or upgraded on the JK? I am not into rock crawling (not really a place to do that around here) but want to make sure I don't come down hard on some ruts or something like that.

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Im a huge fan of the EVO skids, and it's what I run. They are beefy, redundant, reasonably priced, fit like a glove, protect the most sensitive vulnerable parts, and are easy to install. They also don't make oil changes a chore like many other skids.

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Old 04-05-2014, 01:13 PM   #3
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Which skid plates should be added or upgraded on the JK? I am not into rock crawling (not really a place to do that around here) but want to make sure I don't come down hard on some ruts or something like that.
I was in a similar position with my old jeep - didn't do rock crawling, but I did get out and ride on trails as much as possible.

I left the stock transfer case and gas tank skid on. Only things I added were rubicon rock rails (on my Sport JK) and a Rock Hard 4x4 engine skid. Only other thing I considered was getting a better evap canister skid or doing the relocation, but I sold the Jeep before getting around to that. I will be doing it on my new one though...
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I kept the stock transfer case and fuel tank skids and added the rock hard engine skid as well as ace rock rails. I'm now quite confident with theater I have as I also don't have alot of large rocks in my area, more concerned with stumps and branches
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Which skid plates should be added or upgraded on the JK? I am not into rock crawling (not really a place to do that around here) but want to make sure I don't come down hard on some ruts or something like that.
After wheeling with my brand new jeep last year on Colorado's Mt Antero. I realized I needed skid plates. Rockhard 4x4 is just1 1/2 hours away from me, and they are a sponser of our jeep club, so Just yesterday I put in 2 Rockhard 4x4 skid plates. I put in the transfer case skid and the oil pan skid. I realized that I'm biased, but RH4x4's skids are super nice. The transfer case skid is more than twice the size if the rubi stock plate and more robust. The oil pan skid is just plain huge, covers everything from the oil pan back to the cross member. Plus, I swear I'm getting better gas mileage also! I'll upload pictures after it brightens up a bit outside. The install was super easy for both. Took me a total of three hours with my wife helping!
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Im in the same boat as op, no rock crawling or difficult trails. Just like to go trail riding and explore low to moderate risk areas. That being said, i did not upgrade any of the factory skids, but i did add an evap canister skid plate. The RR one was easy to install and has been holding up great, have had it for about 3 years now. My .02
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The Evo skids are cheaper than most but would be fine if you aren't seeing a lot of rocks. Their oil pan skid is poorly designed since it bolts directly to the oil pan and to the engine instead of bolting to the frame like the others.

Evo also controls the price of their stuff so your not likely to find the skids discounted anywhere where you can typically find the RH and Synergy at 10% off.

The Rock Hard skids and Synergy skids are both heavily built and can take serious beatings. Synergy is a little beefier than the RH but more expensive. The RH skid does limit access to the oil drain plug more than the others. Both are going to do well on the rocks.
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The Evo skids are cheaper than most but would be fine if you aren't seeing a lot of rocks. Their oil pan skid is poorly designed since it bolts directly to the oil pan and to the engine instead of bolting to the frame like the others.

Evo also controls the price of their stuff so your not likely to find the skids discounted anywhere where you can typically find the RH and Synergy at 10% off.

The Rock Hard skids and Synergy skids are both heavily built and can take serious beatings. Synergy is a little beefier than the RH but more expensive. The RH skid does limit access to the oil drain plug more than the others. Both are going to do well on the rocks.
My rock hard oil pan skid has a huge door that swings down. You can easily get a ratchet or an open end wrench in. You also have plenty of ratcheting space.
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My rock hard oil pan skid has a huge door that swings down. You can easily get a ratchet or an open end wrench in. You also have plenty of ratcheting space.
That's correct, the oil drain access issue has been resolved and is no longer a problem with the new design.
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The Evo skids are cheaper than most but would be fine if you aren't seeing a lot of rocks. Their oil pan skid is poorly designed since it bolts directly to the oil pan and to the engine instead of bolting to the frame like the others.

Evo also controls the price of their stuff so your not likely to find the skids discounted anywhere where you can typically find the RH and Synergy at 10% off.

The Rock Hard skids and Synergy skids are both heavily built and can take serious beatings. Synergy is a little beefier than the RH but more expensive. The RH skid does limit access to the oil drain plug more than the others. Both are going to do well on the rocks.
I have yet to see a company that wheels harder than Evo, and their skids hold up. If they are good enough for them, they are good enough for me. BTW, the design of the EVO is superior to the ones that don't hug the pan. The ones that hang under the pan can buckle and puncture the pan. The stock pan is stamped steel, rather than aluminum so it bends if hit rather than cracks. Doubling the steel thickness makes it far more resilient and again, if it works for Evo1, it will work for me.
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My rock hard oil pan skid has a huge door that swings down. You can easily get a ratchet or an open end wrench in. You also have plenty of ratcheting space.
I forgot that they fixed the issue. A friend has their older design.
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I have yet to see a company that wheels harder than Evo, and their skids hold up. If they are good enough for them, they are good enough for me. BTW, the design of the EVO is superior to the ones that don't hug the pan. The ones that hang under the pan can buckle and puncture the pan. The stock pan is stamped steel, rather than aluminum so it bends if hit rather than cracks. Doubling the steel thickness makes it far more resilient and again, if it works for Evo1, it will work for me.
That's an interesting way to look at their oil pan design.
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I am still deciding this too, with the Synergy currently in #1 spot. The Rockhard is #2 and the EVO #3. Is EVO the only one that uses factory bolts to attach to the oil pan? How about the tranny? I don't think I want that. Also have to look into the River Raider but Synergy is hard to beat when it comes to the design of most of their stuff.
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I think your rating is right on HK. Especially for the wheeling there in CO and here in UT.

The Evo skid is the only one I have seen that bolts to the pan. RH and Synergy does not.
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I wondered, after adding the Rockhard engine/oil pan skid, if seemed to imporve mpg.
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:18 PM   #16
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I would also strongly suggest replacing the front skid plate as it's plastic and held on by clips lol. I just bought the Skid Row Offroad skid plate for $79.99 shipped from Quadratec. Bolted right on with no problems.
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:35 PM   #17
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For the Synergy HD Skid Plate System is the way to. I looked under a few jeeps and have seen the cover member has taken a beating. Looks very vulnerable were it mounts to the frame.
His is the kit I will be ordering soon.

SYNERGY MANUFACTURING┬*::┬*Body & Exterior┬*::┬*Synergy Jeep JK Skid Plate System - HD
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That is the kit I am looking at, but need to see how the Rockhard ones fit. They seems to be equally strong.
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I used to think like all of you, that the EVO pan was "wrong" and the pans that are underneath are the right way to do it. I didn't like the way the evo pan was basically a pan on top of a pan, still open to getting hit....that was until I saw things firsthand. Hell, I even made my own posts (when I was skid shopping) saying that I didn't like the design of the EVO skids...

However, the skids that are NOT like the evo actually hang down lower, so they get hit more often, which can result in a buckle that can puncture the OEM pan. The evo pan sits higher up, giving you that little bit more clearance in the area, reducing the chances of contact (if you have the EVO skids, you will see that hitting the oil pan isn't very easy)...Sandwiching up two pieces of steel actually improves the strength quite a bit, and I have seen a heavy jku land straight down on the oil pan with the EVO skid with nothing but a scratch and a small dent. Im not trying to sell you on it, it's your choice, but don't think the design is inferior....I used to think so as well, until I saw it in action.
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This is what I didn't want happening to my skids...


And things like that are what cause punctures in pans.

EVO clearance...



RROR clearance.....

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Old 04-07-2014, 02:51 PM   #21
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my concern when choosing a skid plate is not what will give the most ground clearance but what give me a smooth flat belly and most coverage.
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I also went with the EVO skids. Very happy with them. Great clearance and they are very strong. I liked the fact that they protected the exhaust / catalytic converter thet the other skids did not do as well. For my money, they could not be beat!
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I wondered, after adding the Rockhard engine/oil pan skid, if seemed to imporve mpg.
I was kidding when I said that! There is no change.

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