I am looking to protect the underside of my JKU from rocks, stumps, etc. Which is the most vulnerable and needs protection first if going in stages? We are talking moderate wheeling to test the limits of my stock Jeep before deciding on a lift / tire combination for the future. During this time, I want to make sure I'm limiting underside damage.
Looking for middle of the road do it yourself bolt on protection. So far I have seen evap skid, oil pan skid, tranfer case protection, diff covers, etc. Hard to know where to start. Experienced wheelers, please chime in...
I am in the same boat. I just installed the EVO sytem and already have the ace rails. They went on pretty easy. I did it by myself in the garage in about 4 hours.
2013 Wrangler Unlimited Sport, True Blue Pearl, 3.73 LS & 5 speed auto, Ace rock rails, EVO ProTek skids, Rubicon take offs, SPOD, CB, & Rigid Dually's.
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I put a huge gouge in my Rubicon rock rails...they work fairly well, but something that provides a little bit of stand off like the ACE rails is a good idea.
I also gouged badly and slightly taco'd my transmission crossmember - so, my opinion is that you'd do well to replace that with something stouter (I used a PSC part).
The oil pan does sit out of the way a bit, but the front doesn't really have anything at all going for it - I went with a Rockhard skid up that way.
I'll get around to the evap relocation eventually.
X2. Everything skidded, used and abused, except the evap. Cannister. It's way up there and mine has a (flimsy) skid. Had a River Raider evap. skid so I could mount a tank; didn't fit. But forgot a gasket- it still ran even though throwing a code for the evap. Oil, gas, diff. fluid more important.