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Old 10-18-2010, 12:18 PM   #1
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Noticing that there is only one brand, that i can find, of engine/tranny skid plates for a JK. What is everyone doing on this? Also looking to mount a winch and having a very hard time finding a plate for it.

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Old 10-18-2010, 01:00 PM   #2
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I'm looking into a skid plate for 09 RUBICON, and thinking of going with ROCK HARD.

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Old 10-18-2010, 02:03 PM   #3
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Rugged Ridge makes a winch mounting plate for a stock JK bumper, they also have a skid setup, there stuff is relatively cheap, but don't mistake it for being low quality just because of the price. They are one of the oldest names in the game for Jeep parts. I personally have my rig completely outfitted in their stuff MINUS the winch and I am more than happy with the results.
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Noticing that there is only one brand, that i can find, of engine/tranny skid plates for a JK. What is everyone doing on this? Also looking to mount a winch and having a very hard time finding a plate for it.
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Don't forget River Raider and Poly Performance.

I run the Skidrow engine/trans skid. For the price, it's a decent piece. It can be a headache, as it originally rubbed on the exhaust under the tranny, and sometimes oil drain is a pain.

The wifey runs the River Raider engine skid only (took the trans off for the following issue)- with the trans skid attached, it went all BP on me whenever I went to drain the oil. The drainage hole was NOT where the oil drained (a common problem, I know), so I'd cause a mild ecological disaster wherever I changed my oil. Then, after I cleaned up the ground, when I started to move again, I'd dribble some. NEVER cool to dump oil on the ground!

As for a winch mount, the plates are all well and swell. They may reduce airflow to the radiator and A/C condensor, which is not ideal, but most folks never have a problem. Personally, I always recommend an in-bumper solution, as the plated winches can be pushed backward through the grill, condensor, radiator, etc. in a collision- Mark W.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help all, I found a relatively low priced winch on ebay today, its a recon 10500 pounder with synthetic line. 3 year warranty for 475. All the reviews I can find say its great, at that price I will have to see. That makes perfect sense duke on the collision thing. Wish I hadnt already had a new bumper.

How hard was it to raise the exhaust for the skid row plate? Also, are there those out there that dont run with a skid plate? I find it very odd that a jeep doesnt have a factory skid. Anyway maybe its my ignorance since this is my first one.
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Raising the exhaust, even with under 10K miles, was a PITA. The bolts were virtually heat-seized already.
I ended up just putting shims under the skid plate to drop it 1/4". Sure, it reduced my ground clearance by that much, but I don't see it as a huge issue.

As for running without, no worries on ignorance- this is how we learn. I have NEEDED mine in the rocks- I would have fragged my trans by now without it. If you're just running mud, it MAY be overkill, but know that a lot of frequently used mud pits also have stumps, logs, and often, Jeep parts (really!) in them, just waiting to eat parts underneath your Jeep. I HIGHLY recommend at LEAST covering your oil pan and trans, and EVAP canister. Costs ~$400 for both, and saves you thousands in non-warranty damage! Mark W.
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Thanks Mark, I appreciate the help
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HOLY CRAP!!! I just checked into that River Raider full system set up.... Thats the winner!!! Thanks so much for the recommendation. I will let the tech side know about the install
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HOLY CRAP!!! I just checked into that River Raider full system set up.... Thats the winner!!! Thanks so much for the recommendation. I will let the tech side know about the install
That is a sweet setup. Mine just showed up but I can't drool on it because I am out of town on training. I'll post pics when I get home and get them painted.
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Nice, guys. Yeah, the oil pan skid is bad-ass looking- I love it Mark W.
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Nice, guys. Yeah, the oil pan skid is bad-ass looking- I love it Mark W.
Is the wifes jeep a 2 or 4 door? I don't think it should matter but I figured I would ask. I really don't want to leave any of the pieces out. Especially the t-case skid. I have used different things in the past to help with draining fluids in hard to reach spots. I recently saw a foldable/formable funnel/chute for just this purpose but I have not seen them locally. Do you think that would help in your situation? I hate to think that a perfectly good skid plate is sitting around the house for such a seemingly small issue.
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2 door. And no, it wouldn't help. Even with a funnel stuck up in there, I'm sure SOME oil would still escape. Also, we've designated mine as the off-road monster, so hers has no real need for the trans skid anymore. So if anyone wants it... Mark W.
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2 door. And no, it wouldn't help. Even with a funnel stuck up in there, I'm sure SOME oil would still escape. Also, we've designated mine as the off-road monster, so hers has no real need for the trans skid anymore. So if anyone wants it... Mark W.
I guess I'll have to burn that bridge when I get there. Thanks for the info.
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Mark,
shoot me some pics and prices I might be interested afterall, it seems there is an issue with the Raider setup and 5 inch lifts I may not be talented enough to work around it and too scared to drop the money without knowing.... PS the guy at RiverRaider, he is fantastic with the customer service.
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Hah- I only have the trans skid- you'd still need the engine skid to make it work- I was really joking- the wifey would beat me if I sold her shiny (well, flat black) hotness Mark W.

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