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Old 04-26-2007, 03:59 AM   #1
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rock guards and skid plates

hey ya'll I'm a little new to the jeep 4wheelin' world. I've owned dodges and nissans and am pretty good under the hood with those. I just purchased my new 1998 jeep TJ two days ago and am ready to start building it up. I've got a small lift, new rubber, K&N intake, and Exhaust. Now I want to go for skid plates, sliders and maybe a diff guard or two. any recomendations on what should be done first? I was looking into a new tube diff guard first and building some custom rock sliders to protect the rocker panels. let me know what ya'll think

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Old 04-26-2007, 06:21 AM   #2
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this site is for a YJ, but if you are good at modding stuff you could make it to fit in a TJ

wrangler.kicks-ass.net

and your plan sounds good if you have a mild lift and new tires then a front locker and skid plates are what you shuold be looking into

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A good set of diff guards will definitely save you money down the road due to the protection they offer. I used to run the tube style facemask guards and they worked fine. I have recently switched to a full cover and it's even better. Places like Blue Torch Fab, Dynatrac, Solid, etc.... make some great products. As far as building some sliders that really is a pretty easy job. 1WHTJP and I built a set style after Poison Spyders for his old TJ and only took us a day to whip them up and get them on there.
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:13 AM   #4
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ok all I'm back on the path to buying diff guards and saving the sliders for a later purchase. I've been looking at half guards after this week when I went rock climbing and realized that I was dragging my front diff on some of the out-reaching rocks. I've been wondering about the following styles:

http://www.rocky-road.com/diffguard.html

This one looks questionable.
http://www.universityofjeep.ca/Produ...ffGuards2.HTML

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Jeep-...spagenameZWDVW

one more question, my axle is a D35 right? thanks in advance for all your help.
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im running one of these, i smacke dit good a couple weeks ago and only chipped the paint
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I've been looking at that one too but its seemed a little (no offence) weak, and for what type of protection I would like to have it seems too open/unprotected for me.
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I've been looking at that one too but its seemed a little (no offence) weak, and for what type of protection I would like to have it seems too open/unprotected for me.
Are your comments in regards to the rock crusher cover above? If so then your guestimate is dead wrong. Covers like the Rock Cruser, Dynatrac, Solid, Crane etc... are plenty strong for all of your needs. They are solid cast units that won't let the lip peel up when sliding over rocks and provide better clearance and strength than the face mask style with a stock cover behind it.
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:52 PM   #8
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I don't know what I was thinking it was really early, I was thinking about some other really stringy guard another guy had on his jeep that didn't provide good coverage, it looked like the orange part on the cover. I didnt like it but thanks for the advice on that cover I will look into it. so you guys don't like the rolled guards?
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I don't know what I was thinking it was really early, I was thinking about some other really stringy guard another guy had on his jeep that didn't provide good coverage, it looked like the orange part on the cover. I didnt like it but thanks for the advice on that cover I will look into it. so you guys don't like the rolled guards?
No worries bud. Just trying to give ya some good advice.

About the face masks. I run one on the D30 right now and it pissed me off big time last weekend. There were a couple of places i wouldn't have gotten the dif hung up on if I had just a straight cover on there. I've ran facemasks on both ends for 3 years and beat them to hell. I recently took the 44 guard off and replaced with a full cover and will never go back.
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Old 05-11-2007, 12:45 PM   #10
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so your talking about a full diff cover replacement like the one above then, not a full rolled guard. and what type of axle do I have on my 98 2.5L? is it a D35 or the D30?
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D 30 on the front and a d44 or D35 on the rear you can tell buy the fill plug on the rear Rubber is a D35 and metal is a D44
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thanks I will take a look.
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ok so, is this a good diff guard or should I go rolled steel. I decided that I'm gonna hold off on the full cast unit (unless I find a good price on one. if anyone has a better suggestion please let me know.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Dana-...spagenameZWDVW
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I also have been looking at diff gaurds and I decided to save money and get the full covers, If you think about it if you buy 2 of those on e-bay you could have 1 nice cover for the front then just save up for a slider in the rear
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I was just looking at a site someone recommended NorthRidge4x4.com they look like they have some pretty good deals on there for the rockcrusher full diff cover. I think I might just do this with an aussie locker in the front when I decide to take the plunge. the total only came out to about 363.89 with shipping included in that price. I found that if I forgo the air intake and add $100 to that pot I can do this no problem.
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That sounds like a good plan, you do not want to be doing things twice (it costs twice as much)
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I would definitely be looking at rocker protection before diff guards. It's much easier for a spotter to keep you off your diffs and much harder to prevent dropping on a rocker. This is not to say that diff protection isn't invaluable (I run Cranes) but I would be getting the rockers, skids (steering, t-case, engine, fuel) then differential protection.

But then again, you can drive off the trails with a dented rocker and not a jacked up diff .
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im running one of these, i smacke dit good a couple weeks ago and only chipped the paint
Very happy with mine it has copped a heap of punsishment and is only missing paint

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