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Old 09-28-2007, 12:44 PM   #1
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Arrow RockKrawler - What skid plates...

With the RK LA lift what are my options for a transmission and oil pan skid? Do any of the engine skids bolt directly to the RK skid? Jeep Medic? SkidRow? ______?

If you look underneath the transmission and oil pan have a big ol' bulleye on them and I'd like to cover them up.

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I honestly don't know. I don't run one and don't know think that Jeremy makes anything. I'm going to be up at the shop this afternoon. I'll talk it over with the man and get back to you.

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Old 09-28-2007, 02:09 PM   #3
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That would be great Jack. I talked to Joe about it awhile back but we only talked about the oil pan. He mentioned one and I can't remember the brand name. I do recall him saying that it didn't bolt on though. If I do something I'd like to cover both in one pass if that's possible.

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Probably mentioned the Turbo City oil pan skid to you that sticks on to the pan itself and up both sides. Great little product that has been on his and Hackles for about 4 years now and no issues.
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Old 09-28-2007, 02:47 PM   #5
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Yep that's it. That would be fine but I think I need something a little more hardcore than what Hackle and Joe have.
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Old 09-28-2007, 03:12 PM   #6
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what about the nth degree oil pan skid plate.
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never mind, scratch that
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Joe will be putting the RK 5.5 lift on my rubicon in a couple weeks (yes, he talked me out of stretching my daily driver ). I plan to reuse my existing Jeep Medic engine skid. Will require drilling a couple holes in the RK tcase crossmember skid. I know other rubicon owners whove done the same thing with their RK and jeep medic engine skid setups

the jeep medic engine skid is 1/4" and weighs about 60lbs. Covers from the engine to the tcase
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Thanks for the info Ben. I searched over on ROF and found some threads about some guys using the Jeep Medic. That's actually the route I'd like to go as it's basically one piece that protects both rather than two separate pieces. One thing about the Jeep Medic is I'm unsure if a BL is required. I don't believe it is but I'm still unsure. Also are there any modifications needed to the RK skid or the Medic skid to make it work other than drilling the holes in the RK skid?

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The jeep medic engine skid bolts in the front to the bottom of the engine mount brackets on the frame. There are a couple of pre-existing holes in the engine mount brackets that are unused that the Jeep Medic engine skid bolts to.

The back end of the skid bolts to the RK crossmemeber skid... basically, bolt up the front of the jeep medic skid loosly first... then, with a floor jack, jack up the back end of the jeepmedic skid untill the skids bolt holes are tight up against the bottom of the RK skid. Then drill your holes. Be sure the skid is not interferring with the exhaust before drilling the holes.

Since the skid is essentially bolting to the frame (engine mounts are on the frame and, of course, so is the rk skid), body lift amount should make no difference at all.

Here are the jeep medic installation instructions and they specifically reference the RK x factor lift at the very bottom paragraph.

http://www.jeepmedicfabrication.com/...irections!.pdf

if you want to wait a couple weeks I'll let you know for sure exactly how it turns out

Also, the jeepmedic skid is sold in a couple of different sizes. I have the "short arm" engine skid and I plan to reuse it with my RK long arm lift. Jeepmedic also sells a "long arm" engine skid but I think that is meant to be used only with the RubiconExpress lifts (the RE tcase skid must be positioned closer to the front of the jeep because the jeepmedic "long arm" engine skid is shorter than their standard skid). I'll let you know if I have any trouble fitting my "shortarm" engine skid with the RK long arm tcase skid.
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Damn that's great info! I'm in no hurry to get it done so I'll wait until yours is done and see how it goes. I'm glad you mentioned the SA skid versus the LA skid as I would have just bought the LA. Please let me know how it goes!
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Joe confirmed my earlier comments today. There is no oil pan/tranny skid that will "bolt on" to the RK skid with no mods. Ben has some great advice.
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:45 PM   #13
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The Jeep Medic is the way I wanted to go I just wanted to make sure there wasn't a better option. I'll be interested in seeing how the SA skid works with the LA kit. I downloaded the instructions today off their website and it looks like a mod I might actually be able to do myself.

I'll wait to see how Ben's goes on before I do anything.
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Yep that's it. That would be fine but I think I need something a little more hardcore than what Hackle and Joe have.
That is a very true comment, but if you learned how to drive you would need less protection.
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Good point!!! I was wondering if someone would catch that jab.
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just got back from Joe's shop after picking up my jeep. The 5.5RK xfactor is installed and they did an excellent job as usual.

The "short arm" version of the jeep medic engine skid fit perfectly with the RK long arm tcase skid.
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Perfect! Thanks for the info Ben. I'm going to get it ordered this week.


BTW, how do you like the new lift? Pics?
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I think I'll head out this weekend and see what the jeep can do I'll get pic taken, don't have any yet.

drive great on the street - so far I've only driven it from the shop to my work about 15 min away.
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Which shocks did you go with?
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they are the RK ones with the built in bump stops I think. When I get it home I'll have more time to check it all out
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a few more photos are in my webshots album...
http://good-times.webshots.com/album/561019075xBgMqA

more photos will get added to it later after I get the jeep on some trails
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I just bought the skid row eng/trans skid,i checked out the medic and didnt care for it.Cant wait untill it comes in!
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really? Well, I checked out the skid row and it sucks. just kidding. they are pretty much the same

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