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Old 01-20-2010, 02:03 AM   #1
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4" Lift installed...but what about skid?

I installed a Full traction 4" lift about six months ago, but i have not done much off-roading due to my college football lifestyle. Now that i have some more free time i will be hitting the dirt, and i have become more and more worried about the front skid plate that had to be removed from the front. It was connected to the frame and the transfer case. It could not stay on because the transfer case was dropped and the drive-shaft would have gotten in the way. (I will get pics soon

It seems like now my jeep would just suck up dirt into the transfer case area now. What have you guys been doing about this? It seems like it would be a common problem. Any reasonably priced aftermarket skids?

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here is a bad cell-phone pic of the jeep to keep you guys entertained



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Nice setup. Looks just like my friend's in SC
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From the pic, it seems it may have been an after market skid that was removed, as it looks like the stock skid is still there (with a transfer case drop on it)
There is a reason they call the stock skid "The Shovel". Yes, it gets a LOT of dirt shoved up in there.
Not much you can do about it other than get some other skid that fits with the lift.
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Is yours an automatic and are you referring to the tranny skid that goes in front of the skid that holds up the Transfer Case? Looks like you got the same kit that I did . . . looks like the Full Traction 4" Flex kit where it comes with the fixed lower control arms with bushings on both ends . . . if so, and you do much in the way of flexing when you go off road, keep an eye on the bushings in the control arms. At least for me, they didn't hold up well at all . . . first place to look if you start hearing things or noticing that things just don't feel right anymore.
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Nice setup. Looks just like my friend's in SC
i live in SC if you're referring to southern cali
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Is yours an automatic and are you referring to the tranny skid that goes in front of the skid that holds up the Transfer Case? Looks like you got the same kit that I did . . . looks like the Full Traction 4" Flex kit where it comes with the fixed lower control arms with bushings on both ends . . . if so, and you do much in the way of flexing when you go off road, keep an eye on the bushings in the control arms. At least for me, they didn't hold up well at all . . . first place to look if you start hearing things or noticing that things just don't feel right anymore.

Thank you for the tip. That is the kit i have...so far so good for me though.

And yes it is that tranny skid that i am talking about!!! How do i get that baby back on? i was thinking about getting some spacers and cutting it up some.
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I think as you said a spacer(s) of some sort attached to the t-case skid to raise it back up.
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If your are doing offroading, I would consider getting a protective plate for the oil pan/engine area as well, if it didn't come with one.
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If your are doing offroading, I would consider getting a protective plate for the oil pan/engine area as well, if it didn't come with one.
Good idea indeed!!
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And the stock T.C. skid is pretty flimsy as well....

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You could probably get it back on with some spacers and/or cutting, but now that I know you are from SoCal, let me throw this out there . . . how sturdy is that factory plate (I have a manual so I don't have one)? Most the "armor" from the factory is pretty cheezy and might hold up for people that are out in the mud and snow, but here in SoCal it's all about the rocks and most the factory stuff just doesn't hold up too well. I'm pretty sure that skid is covering up the low hanging, tranny oil pan, which is probably something you don't want sliding over the rocks, so I would definitely recommend getting something to cover it up . . . again I'm not sure as I have a stick, but I wonder if you could find an engine skid like Skid Row makes that would cover up your tranny oil pan along with the engine and oil pan.


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i live in SC if you're referring to southern cali
Where in SoCal? I'm here in the Valley (818)
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i live in north county san Diego. Yes the rocks here get nasty. I do not do very intense off-roading though so i haven't banged my underbelly too bad..although the tranny skid is pretty scratched up.

Yes the skid is kinds flimsy...It is comparable to the tranny skid, but it does have a nice lip at the end up it to push off of rocks with and keep some dirt out.

I just went to home depot and bought bolts that are two inches longer and thick PVC pipe for spacers...

Hopefully this will work for the time being.

What ideas can you guys give me for a cheap(under $200 preferably), but sturdy replacement?
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i live in north county san Diego. Yes the rocks here get nasty. I do not do very intense off-roading though so i haven't banged my underbelly too bad..although the tranny skid is pretty scratched up.

Yes the skid is kinds flimsy...It is comparable to the tranny skid, but it does have a nice lip at the end up it to push off of rocks with and keep some dirt out.

I just went to home depot and bought bolts that are two inches longer and thick PVC pipe for spacers...

Hopefully this will work for the time being.

What ideas can you guys give me for a cheap(under $200 preferably), but sturdy replacement?

My Skid Row engine/oil skid was about 250 if I recall correctly . . . I'd be surprised if they don't make one for the auto too . . . might even use the same one . . . I'm just not sure me and all my buddy's happen to have manuals. I would avoid using something like PVC pipe for spacers . . . if you're going that route you could have saved the trip to Home Depot and just used the cardboard center from the toilet paper roll . . . both will hold up just about the same if you do encounter a rock!!!
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My Skid Row engine/oil skid was about 250 if I recall correctly . . . I'd be surprised if they don't make one for the auto too . . . might even use the same one . . . I'm just not sure me and all my buddy's happen to have manuals. I would avoid using something like PVC pipe for spacers . . . if you're going that route you could have saved the trip to Home Depot and just used the cardboard center from the toilet paper roll . . . both will hold up just about the same if you do encounter a rock!!!
haha true. i was thinkin about using the cardboard, but i thought it would get wet!! It is pretty much just there to keep more mud out for now. i will have to get a better alternative once money comes my way
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are those rockers olympic reverse a bars?
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Yea armor for the underside of your vehicle is usually really expensive, you wouldnt think it would be since its just a piece of metal but it is. I just moved out of San Diego, is that the area of socal youre referring to? it is a little general term as I once heard people from Salinas debating whether they were Norcal Socal or CenCal if that even existed.

Anyways, look on Jeepforum and this forum for deals on skidplates, youll find them every now and then for $150-$175. Look on craigslist, Socal is amazing on selling stuff on craigslist you get spoiled. Rear racks for Jeeps at great prices dont last more than 20 minutes. There is literally someone on the computer at work clicking refresh on CL with Jeep Wrangler typed in the search box. Trust me I was one of those people doing it between classes and I missed out on like 3 great deals.

If youre also looking to get back at someone, make a too good to be true ad on selling something on CL and then put their number on...guaranteed their voicemail will fill up. Or you can always put them in that Looking for Men or women page. Sorry i always go off on tangents
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are those rockers olympic reverse a bars?
They are the smittybilt version.

Smittybilt Rock Crawler SRC Side Armor, Rocker Guards for Jeep.

They are very cool!
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i bought the olympic ones a few days ago and cant wait to put them on
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i bought the olympic ones a few days ago and cant wait to put them on
congrats on spending more money on the jeep! haha

I just got front Rancho 9000xl shocks ordered today for my jeep
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next on the list is a winch or rear bumper/tire carrier
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next on the list is a winch or rear bumper/tire carrier
the hardest part about owning a jeep is deciding which part of the rig to throw money at first!!

Being 18, i have very limited money so my decisions become increasingly hard!
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i got the same problem i only work around 6 months out of the year
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I see you saw my post about the same thing. i am trying to modify my skid so that the crossmember support on the drivers side is relocated further back so that the front drive shaft won't hit it, or maybe even made so that it goes above the drive shaft. Looks like it would be fairly simple to relocate half the crossmember to the rear, but will have to see about how much strength it would have. I think a full steel plate with a cut out for the drive shaft is the way to go. IE full belly pan. I am just running it for now without the plate. If I come up with a good mod I will be sure to let you know.
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haha true. i was thinkin about using the cardboard, but i thought it would get wet!! It is pretty much just there to keep more mud out for now. i will have to get a better alternative once money comes my way
If you have a Fastenal or something similar you should be able to buy some metal or aliminium spacers cut to the length you need pretty cheap ... otherwise maybe cut some DOM tube or something strong to fit. The cardboard would totally work, but you are right . . . it would get wet . . . didn't think of that
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i actually ended up getting a thick metal piping piece and it worked perfectly! The skid will deffinately break before it does!

I really am just surprised that the kit didnt come with anything.
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i actually ended up getting a thick metal piping piece and it worked perfectly! The skid will deffinately break before it does!

I really am just surprised that the kit didnt come with anything.
Maybe we have the same but different problem. My front drive shaft was resting on that crossmember when I was sitting on flat ground. I tried a 1" spacer, but of course that is all I ended up with for flex...1 inch. I would have to have like a 5" spacer to fix it..ha ha that would look great and be functional. Not sure what you came up with. Got any pics.

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