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Old 03-05-2012, 11:03 PM   #1
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Armor: What should i get?

So I was looking around at armor and wasn't sure what to get. I plan on doing things like trails, not so much rock crawling.

What kind of armor is most important when on trails? Or should i just stick with the stock stuff for now?
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I would wheel it stock and see what you hit. For me, it was the tranny skid plate, rockers, gas tank skid, and oil pan. If I had to pick one first it would be the oil pan skid, then the rocker guards.

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What kind of armor is most important when on trails?
That depends. What sort of obstacles will you encounter on your trails?
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Your engine's oil pan is by far the most vulnerable and the very first thing that needs to be protected with a skidplate. Once that is protected, early TJs need a gas tank skidplate though those after 2000 or so have a pretty stout factory gas tank skidplate and can do most trails as is.

After those two items are protected, you are really pretty good to go for most trails. Once you get into rocks, then you can start thinking about adding rocker guards. The sky is the limit for protection but once you have the oil pan and gas tank protected, you're really good to go for nearly anything.
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That depends. What sort of obstacles will you encounter on your trails?
Mostly mud, small/medium size rocks and branches. Nothing really crazy for now.

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Your engine's oil pan is by far the most vulnerable and the very first thing that needs to be protected with a skidplate. Once that is protected, early TJs need a gas tank skidplate though those after 2000 or so have a pretty stout factory gas tank skidplate and can do most trails as is.

After those two items are protected, you are really pretty good to go for most trails. Once you get into rocks, then you can start thinking about adding rocker guards. The sky is the limit for protection but once you have the oil pan and gas tank protected, you're really good to go for nearly anything.
Thanks. I was looking at oil pans first, but but then though I should get a Diff or Trany guard first. Though the oil and fuel make more sense since they're the first to get hit.
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The differentials are made from heavy thick cast iron so they're already well protected. The transmission and transfer case is already protected by the transfer case skidplate.
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The differentials are made from heavy thick cast iron so they're already well protected. The transmission and transfer case is already protected by the transfer case skidplate.
Just figured more couldn't hurt... well i guess it would hurt the check book = ) Thanks for the advise.
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The differentials are made from heavy thick cast iron so they're already well protected. The transmission and transfer case is already protected by the transfer case skidplate.
Agreed on the differentials, but since the OP didn't say what tranny he is running I'll say the transmission is worth looking into protecting as well depending on what he's got. I know with my 42RLE, the pan hangs down quite low and was almost as vulnerable as the oil pan. I was lucky enough to not hit either hard enough to cause any large dents before getting some skids installed, but the transmission pan was definitely "kissed" by a few rocks.
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The transmission and transfer case is already protected by the transfer case skidplate.
I don't know. I do a mix of things but mainly rocks and one of the cooling fins on my tranny got ripped off and it smoothed over my drain plug. I'm not looking forward to changing the tranny fluid anytime soon. BTW I have the NV3550

Though I will say it's probably very uncommon for a rock to hit that exact spot. I'll add that I have a oil pan skid and I could see pretty deep gouges in it so money well spent.
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I don't know. I do a mix of things but mainly rocks and one of the cooling fins on my tranny got ripped off and it smoothed over my drain plug. I'm not looking forward to changing the tranny fluid anytime soon. BTW I have the NV3550

Though I will say it's probably very uncommon for a rock to hit that exact spot. I'll add that I have a oil pan skid and I could see pretty deep gouges in it so money well spent.
Whats the best oil pan skid you have found? I'm looking at the Teraflex one.
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I've had mine for 2 years and don't quite remember which one it is. Though I believe it is the teraflex. It was around 80-90 bucks. It mounts to the engine block instead of the motor mount bolts. Which I like a lot more as you would think that hard mounting something to the frame and to something that is isolated with bushing and vibrates all the time would transfer extra vibrations to the frame.

Just like how I don't like rocker guards that mount to the frame and body. You just bypassed the rubber body mounts, giving you more vibrations. Also mounting to the frame would give it less clearance.
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Initially--

Oil pan
Steering box
Upgraded tie rod (I consider that armor as flimsy as the stock one is)

Once you start getting into some rough stuff--

Rocker guards
Full corners
High clearance belly skid
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any word on the teraflex oil pan skid? is only $25 right now and i want to get something that can take some hits. any input would be nice. thanks in advance
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I have the Skid Row oil pan/trans/exh skid plate.I really like it and man it is heavy.Really heavy duty.
Hey Jerry,i am always looking at new armor since I do a lot of rocks & can hear them hitting underneath regurally.My front driveshaft is pretty much wide open.Anything I can do there?
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$25 bucks? Where?

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