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Old 02-06-2011, 12:36 PM   #1
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Could use some skid plate help...

I need a skid plate... i have a sye and 4" suspension lift and 2" body lift. What options are there for a 1/4" plate. Cant spend $400+ on a skid plate.... whats everyone else usin? Thanks

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Why do the Rockman and UndercoverFab show them for '03 and up? What is different than the older models or will they still fit?
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As far as rokmen goes the only one that they make for a 03-06 only and can be fabricated a little to fit a 97-02 is the engine/tranny skid plate.. The rest are available for direct bolt on for a 97-02.. Why rokmen doesn't make a engine/tranny skid plate for a 97-02 I am not sure
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Why do the Rockman and UndercoverFab show them for '03 and up? What is different than the older models or will they still fit?
Different transmissions. '03 Was the switch over the the 4-speed auto and the Rubicon models.

I believe Rokmen said they are looking into making skids for older TJ's at one point but don't know if this statement still holds true.
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thanks for the help but it seems that with a 97, none of those are gunna work. XJ.... the first link in your post doesnt even have the transfer case skid plate... anyone else?
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I looked at that one...

Theirs is "universal" and has a sliding mount to use between different model years. I disapprove of that.
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As far as rokmen goes the only one that they make for a 03-06 only and can be fabricated a little to fit a 97-02 is the engine/tranny skid plate.. The rest are available for direct bolt on for a 97-02.. Why rokmen doesn't make a engine/tranny skid plate for a 97-02 I am not sure
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Different transmissions. '03 Was the switch over the the 4-speed auto and the Rubicon models.

I believe Rokmen said they are looking into making skids for older TJ's at one point but don't know if this statement still holds true.


UCF make them for all year TJ's.

Both UCF and rokmen make tummy tuck skids for the 97 to 02.
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UCF make them for all year TJ's.
Check Rokmen's site again Tim.
Rokmen - TJ/LJ High Clearance Skid Plate

And check my other post, linking to the '97 version skid from UCF.
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Check Rokmen's site again Tim.
Rokmen - TJ/LJ High Clearance Skid Plate

And check my other post, linking to the '97 version skid from UCF.
Quit quoting me before I finish my thoughts.


OP....why just the Skid. And not a tummy tuck since your spending the money there anyway?
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Look for a used JeepMedic:

if you can find one used, grab it.

otherwise check out UnderCoverFab.
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UCF make them for all year TJ's.

Both UCF and rokmen make tummy tuck skids for the 97 to 02.
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As far as rokmen goes the only one that they make for a 03-06 only and can be fabricated a little to fit a 97-02 is the engine/tranny skid plate.. The rest are available for direct bolt on for a 97-02.. Why rokmen doesn't make a engine/tranny skid plate for a 97-02 I am not sure
That's what I said, right?
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Check Rokmen's site again Tim.
Rokmen - TJ/LJ High Clearance Skid Plate

And check my other post, linking to the '97 version skid from UCF.
What you talking about
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Um, that is a tummy tuck skid.

OP did specify if he wants a tummy tuck or not.

Rockman doesn't make a non-'Tummytuck" skid as others do.
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The UCF ultra high clearance looks good but i just installed an 8.8 and everything is welded up. If I get vibes from this ill have to get control arms and that is more money. I plan on ordering a tom woods shaft after install... u think there will be vibes with that??? will i need to put in the raised motor mounts? That being said the UCF looks like the best deal out there!!!
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Um, that is a tummy tuck skid.

OP did specify if he wants a tummy tuck or not.

Rockman doesn't make a non-'Tummytuck" skid as others do.
My bad, didn't see the specification..
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The UCF ultra high clearance looks good but i just installed an 8.8 and everything is welded up. If I get vibes from this ill have to get control arms and that is more money. I plan on ordering a tom woods shaft after install... u think there will be vibes with that??? will i need to put in the raised motor mounts? That being said the UCF looks like the best deal out there!!!
I thought you said you have an SYE? IF you do, you NEED adjustable upper arms... you'll need them with the new skid as well no matter what.
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I need a skid plate... i have a sye and 4" suspension lift and 2" body lift. What options are there for a 1/4" plate. Cant spend $400+ on a skid plate.... whats everyone else usin? Thanks
Here's what I will be using very soon. Rokmen up-armor for 97-02.

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welll actually i dont have the sye yet... I had the 8.8 installed and it had no vibes so i didnt get it. My transfer case spun a bearing so i have to pull it out and rebuild it. If im gunna do that I might as well throw the sye in at the same time. im afraid after i do put in a tummy tuck ill have some vibration issues so i would rather stick with the same dimention skid plate thats a bit beefier. sorry it got so confusing lol
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So, since you are doing the SYE, you will need rear upper adjustable arms to set the correct pinion angle. This will allow you to adjust the pinion again when you install the shallow skid plate. I wouldn't install the skid until after you get the new upper arms in.
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k... looks like im gunna have to add them to the list... what about the motor mounts??? do they need to be raised?
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Look on craigslist. I have found a lot of people getting rid of Warn skid plate which have a really good name, but weigh a lot. I picked up a pair of Warn rock guards for 30 dollars
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thanks for the help but it seems that with a 97, none of those are gunna work. XJ.... the first link in your post doesnt even have the transfer case skid plate... anyone else?
$290 Under Cover Fabworks, LLC - '97-'02 TJ Transfer Case Skid Plate (Ultra High-Clearance)(Carbon Steel)

The difference is the Rubicon transfercase. The 241 is much bigger than the 231, I also bet the bolt alignment on the frame is also slightly different. Also note that UCF makes them for YJ's and TJ's. They also make three different types. The no body lift, the extra clearance, and the ultra high clearance. They also make an engine and trans skid.
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So with the UCF extra clearance, does one need the rear adjustable control arms on a stock lifted TJ?
My plan is to install this in combination with a JKS 1.25" BL, 1" MM lift and stock suspension(maybe a 3/4" spacer) to run 31's on stock wheels with SpiderTrax spacers. This Jeep will mostly be highway mile traveling and doing light trails from SoCal to Colorado with stops at Moab here and there.
I am trying to avoid the aftermarket Suspension lifts as most rigs I have drove with suspension lifts had to much play on the highways for me to do long trips. Would also like to keep center of gravity down and lift issues to a minimum so I can possibly add some Selectable lockers down the road.
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So with the UCF extra clearance, does one need the rear adjustable control arms on a stock lifted TJ?
My plan is to install this in combination with a JKS 1.25" BL, 1" MM lift and stock suspension(maybe a 3/4" spacer) to run 31's on stock wheels with SpiderTrax spacers. This Jeep will mostly be highway mile traveling and doing light trails from SoCal to Colorado with stops at Moab here and there.
I am trying to avoid the aftermarket Suspension lifts as most rigs I have drove with suspension lifts had to much play on the highways for me to do long trips. Would also like to keep center of gravity down and lift issues to a minimum so I can possibly add some Selectable lockers down the road.
Any tummy tuck that moves your transfer case up you are almost required to install a SYE when you have a lift, in which case you are required to have adjustable control arms in the rear(either lower or upper, most use upper).

Though... if you don't have any suspension lift at all you might get away without all of that. Being able to readjust your pinion angle would help with any vibes you might get. But counter act the shallower trans skin you can get UFC's low pro mount that is about 1" lower. You would probably get away with that combo.
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I'm sitting on a sweet UCF skid plate right now and I'm afraid to instal it before a ride this weekend.

Biggest concern is that my semi rusted nutserts are going to break loose. I'm not a welder and I need to sand, clean and paint my frame where the skid makes contact.

I'm accounting any skid plate work (tranny fluid change) job to be 4 hrs plus if the nutserts don't break. And I've heard its possible that the frame might need to be ratchet tied for the bolts to match up.
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