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Old 07-17-2012, 01:58 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm new to jeeping and want my first mod to be skid protection. I figure with the new threads that popped up recently about this it would be a perfect opportunity to start a thread that was a little more open ended.

So, what's the best skid setup in your opinion?

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Old 07-17-2012, 04:20 AM   #2
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Just ordered JCR front bumper with skid plate.

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Old 07-17-2012, 10:25 AM   #3
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The real question should be what do you want protect. Rock hard, River Raider and Poly all have good setups. Also Clayton just brought some to market.
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i have been thinking about pulling the trigger on the EVO protek system for a while, looks great and reasonably priced.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:34 AM   #5
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The real question should be what do you want protect.
THIS ^^^

It all depends on what you are looking to protect and how hard you plan on wheeling. I would suggest at the very least an OIL PAN skid since Chrysler, in their infinite wisdom, does not provide you with one.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:42 AM   #6
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I have the PSC Evap skid which has been scraped but not dented.

The RRoR full skid system has been scraped and dented like crazy which means it has done it's job on the rocks with a 2.5" lift and 35" tires. I am still working on getting the oil pan skid back on after the cross member it bolts to got mangled. The skids are thicker and stronger than the cross member, something to consider.

I had PSC crusher fender flares on that same trip and they hit a couple of trees without structural damage.

For an Unlimited, I strongly recommend a full skid system like RRoR, an evap skid, rock sliders that stick away from the body and metal fender flares. You may want more, but these have been used or sorely missing in my limited experience.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:56 AM   #7
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The river raider system is complete and they have a seperate 2012 kit, which makes me feel good about fitment.
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I have the PSC Evap skid which has been scraped but not dented.

The RRoR full skid system has been scraped and dented like crazy which means it has done it's job on the rocks with a 2.5" lift and 35" tires. I am still working on getting the oil pan skid back on after the cross member it bolts to got mangled. The skids are thicker and stronger than the cross member, something to consider.

I had PSC crusher fender flares on that same trip and they hit a couple of trees without structural damage.

For an Unlimited, I strongly recommend a full skid system like RRoR, an evap skid, rock sliders that stick away from the body and metal fender flares. You may want more, but these have been used or sorely missing in my limited experience.
So awesome. Thanks for the info guys! I'm Looking for a full protection system that doesn't effect clearance. I'm not going to have a lift for some time so I need to keep that in mind.

Recent posts have suggested the EVO plates do in fact hang a bit low? What about the River Raiders? Are they so beat up on your jeep from good use or cause' they drag behind your it?

Also the River Raiders have a steel or aluminum option... I would have thought steel is stronger, isn't that the better bet? I suppose the benefit of the aluminum being much lighter warrants the ~$300 increase?
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So awesome. Thanks for the info guys! I'm Looking for a full protection system that doesn't effect clearance. I'm not going to have a lift for some time so I need to keep that in mind.

Recent posts have suggested the EVO plates do in fact hang a bit low? What about the River Raiders? Are they so beat up on your jeep from good use or cause' they drag behind your it?

Also the River Raiders have a steel or aluminum option... I would have thought steel is stronger, isn't that the better bet? I suppose the benefit of the aluminum being much lighter warrants the ~$300 increase?
Yeah,that is it. Aluminum is lighter and it won't rust. You could leave it un-powdercoated if you wanted. Ultimately, the steel is going to be alot stronger.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:08 PM   #10
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Any thoughts on the Skid Row brand by chance?
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:41 PM   #11
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The river raider system is complete and they have a seperate 2012 kit, which makes me feel good about fitment.
Yeah I'm really liking this system. Like you said, I like the year specific fitment and the fact that it is a full system "out of the box." I think I would go with the steel and have it powder coated to prevent rust. The light weight aspect of the aluminum is really attractive however, does anyone think it would be too soft? I don't want to have to replace them after every crunch...

Also, River Raider off Road offers a UHMW skin that covers the skids. Apparently they're "Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene" panelsthat help the strength of the skids... any thoughts?

Sorry for the noobness....

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