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Old 12-05-2007, 11:26 PM   #1
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Armor like an armadillo?

Ok lets talk skid plates. How much of a priority should they be? I'll be wheeling mostly in Eastern TN (mud, rocks, stumps, roots,), Tellico ORV area mostly (if you're familiar) I'll probably never have more than a 33" tire and a 4inch suspension lift on this jeep. So with that in mind what should I do about skid plates? Get all I can or just certin ones? And if just certin ones, which ones?

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I'm not the expert but I'm planning on a plate for my steering box because I've already hit it a couple times. I don't do CRAZY wheeling (see my sig for videos) but I think it's gonna be a good investment. And rocker guards also. I've banged mine a little. No damage thankfully.

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Definitely a steering box skid, especially if you put on an aftermarket bumper. Rocker guards would be the second choice, and I'd also look into an engine skid or gas tank skid.
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Personally...they should be your first priority.

Start at the lowest and most vulnerable parts of your rig and work your way up. Here's a list of skid plates that I have. I'm sure I'll forget a few.

Differential skid plates. I have PSC and they seen to be fine. So far I haven't had any issues with them and I've managed to smack them a few times on some rocks.

Gas tank skid plate. Again I have a PSC but it's just one of many good gas tank skids out there. This was one of the first skid plates I did as I was concerned about knocking a hole in my tank and have to be towed off the trail.

Bumpers. Yep, they're your skid plates too. I have a PSC Trail Stinger in the front and a Garvin bumper in the rear. I would rather smack a replacable bumper than a frame or a body panel. There are hundreds of great bumpers out there. Just make sure you get one that will protect all the pertinant body parts.

Rear corners. Here again I have PSC Trail Corners. The main reason I added these was to strengthen the rear corners from an upward impact. So far I haven't smacked them yet but if I ever do I'll know I'm covered.

Steering skid. Mine is a Kilby and so far it has done it's job. Your steering pump hangs pretty low in the front and is quite vulnerable.

Rock sliders. PSC is what I have but looking back I think there may be some better options out there. You'll want to find a slider that has fender well to fender well coverage and preferable one that would protect your body mounts. I believe Shrockworks and a couple of other companies offer a slider that will do this. It's been awhile since I researched sliders so hopefully someone will chime in with some newer info.

Fenders. I'm running T&T Tube Fenders in the front. These are a much beefier fender than the OEM fender. The first time you lean up against a rock or tree you'll understand why they're important.

Depending on you suspension choice you'll want to look into a tummy tuck and oil pan skid. If you decide to go with a long arm kit most suspension companies offer a center skid plate that will protect your transfer case and transmission. All you'll need to add is an oil pan skid or the better option is an engine skid. These are pretty easy to figure out what they protect and why they're important.

Last is your radiator. I installed a Skid Row Radiator Skid Plate recently. I'll admit it isn't the beefiest skid plate I have but I'm sure it will survive a moderate hit and that is still better than busting a radiator.

I'm sure I've forgotten some. If you'd like any pictures let me know.
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Lots of info Scout, thanx. What is a tummy tuck?
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Cover what you can you never know what your gonna hit.

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Scout I want pics!
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firt I would start with the gas tank skid then the steering box skid then the engine skid after that I would move on to the rockers
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protect the things that if hit won't leave your jeep dead on a trail.. steering box, diffs, oil pan, transmission pan, and gas tank. My stock 04 gas tank skid is actually pretty decent. It has taken alot of hits so I think the necessity of having an upgraded gas tank skid depends on what year your jeep is... later year jeeps gas tank skids seem to be slightly stronger than early years. I'm upgrading mine at christmas though. yay!

rockers, bumpers, and corner gaurds protect the body which is good cuz you don't want an ugly jeep. lol. but they don't protect anything important except your good looks

*edit: with that said, my first armor was heavy duty iron diff covers front and back... and some homemade rocker sliders. having banged up rockers is hideous and good rocker protection makes a good pivot point against rocks. If I were to buy new I'd look at gen Rights rock sliders
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Lots of info Scout, thanx. What is a tummy tuck?
A "tummy tuck" is a slang term for a shallow transfer case skid plate. They usually bring the skid up flat with the frame rails or close to it gaining you a couple of valuable inches of ground clearance.
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There's a lot of good info here. in terms of price the radiator skid and the steering box skid are the cheapest and with some hunting around you could get both for roughly $110. The stock gas tank skid held up well for me but I think that was luck as last summer I hit a "smaller" rock and it looked like someone donkey punched my gas tank. Since then I got a skid row gas skid and for some reason I've been hitting more and more (or atleast noticing).
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wow! good review i been wheeling pretty regulary(the gf loves it!! and after reading this im going to invest in a few skid plates propbly a steering box one first whats a god price for a good one 4wd.com? or others?
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if your wheeling tellico then skid plates are definitely a good investment. there are lots of rocks and plenty of chances for body damage. for starters i would go with

(no paticular order)
rocker guards
steering box skid
gas tank skid
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then eventually some corner guards and a higher skid plate always helps
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I really don't like the look of most rocker guards (which I know is trivial when there designed to protect not be flashy). Does anyone make some that look more like a step bar? can I use step bars in place of them> I think I saw some made by Warn that were just like 2in square tube.
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most rocker guards are like warn (in the sense that they are steel mounted to the rocker panel)

which rocker guards are you talking about? cause i think most look pretty darn good. Atoz, Shrockworks, PSC, BTF are all names that come to mind (and many more)
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most rocker guards are like warn (in the sense that they are steel mounted to the rocker panel)

which rocker guards are you talking about? cause i think most look pretty darn good. Atoz, Shrockworks, PSC, BTF are all names that come to mind (and many more)
Before I bought my TJ I looked another one that had Warn side bars on it. I say side bars becaise they mounted like step bars but were up much higher than a step bar and didn't have any step tread on them. I liked them because they didn't mount directly to the rocker panel but still seemed to offer the protection. The jeep also had a rear bumper that matcherd the sides. Maybe warn rock sliders???
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Darton -
Having wheeled Tellico, and having 33" tires, I would say the first investment you should make is rocker guards and the steering box skid. On my last trip to tellico, my rocker guards took a really big hit and if i would not have had the rocker guards I have, the whole passenger side would have been caved in. The best advice someone gave me when I first got my jeep was "get rocker guards, they will protect more than you thing." I got the Kilby steering box skid from 4wheel parts for 48 bucks. I have a gas tank skid sitting in my basement that I have not put on yet. It is used, I may end up selling it and getting the Kilby skid.

If you still have the stock bumpers, I would say beat the hell out of them until you can afford some rock crawling bumpers.

My next purchase will be an engine skid and diff guards.

This is just my .02 worth, but having been in tellico, there are alot of rocks that can tear your stuff up.

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if your wheeling tellico then skid plates are definitely a good investment. there are lots of rocks and plenty of chances for body damage. for starters i would go with

(no paticular order)
rocker guards
steering box skid
gas tank skid
f/r bumpers
diff covers
then eventually some corner guards and a higher skid plate always helps
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If you want rocker guards with steps, I would check out the ones from Poison Spider or Smittybuilt.
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Not like either of those, Debruins. Not like the Warn rock sliders either. Crap Google blows.
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Would these work for good rocker guards??? http://www.smittybilt.com/product/index/12.htm
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if u mena these they wont protect much and will just get hung up
http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...007919/c-10108

thesed amy be what youre looking for?
http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...007906/c-10108

or this
http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...007906/c-10108
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I've actually had those. That was my very first set. They'll be ok but for the money I would get something that protects the tub a bit better. You want something that has a strong structure that could suppost the weight of the Jeep. That will keep you from bending the tub.
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Not really, because if hit a rock, it will push them up into your tub and you will have dents in you tub from the bars.

Those bars are good if you have rocker guards in place.

But why not get the step bars built into the rocker guards, you can get the ones from poison spider unfinished and then you can paint them any way you want.

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Would these work for good rocker guards??? http://www.smittybilt.com/product/index/12.htm
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if u mena these they wont protect much and will just get hung up
http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...007919/c-10108

thesed amy be what youre looking for?
http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...007906/c-10108

or this
http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...007906/c-10108
The third on is it but without the step notch. That would work??
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If you want steps, I have some stock steps that I took off my jeep, I will sell them to you for cheap.
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Not really, because if hit a rock, it will push them up into your tub and you will have dents in you tub from the bars.

Those bars are good if you have rocker guards in place.

But why not get the step bars built into the rocker guards, you can get the ones from poison spider unfinished and then you can paint them any way you want.
So I need something like this at a minimum??? http://www.smittybilt.com/product/index/13.htm
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If your lookin into PSC sliders, Steering box skids radiatior skids ya'll might just want to look into Ebay. there are some reputable dealers on there and some good deals on junk like that.
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im sure you could find the same thing somewhere else, but its not at that site
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That will help, but you could still damage your tub.

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