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Old 06-08-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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Savvy tank skid

...and Riddler differential cover..and JKS mini LCA skids.
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Nice work. All 3 good products.

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I banged the hell out of my new Savvy skidplate out on Pumpkin Eater 2 weeks ago and only managed to scratch it. It's a great product, especially since it also shaved 39 pounds off my TJ after removing the OE and Tompken skidplates.
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I banged the hell out of my new Savvy skidplate out on Pumpkin Eater 2 weeks ago and only managed to scratch it. It's a great product, especially since it also shaved 39 pounds off my TJ after removing the OE and Tompken skidplates.
Jerry you are at the point that you need to start thinking of getting the tank out of the bottom of the jeep. If you think the skids that give you more clearance are good then imagine nothing down there.
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Jerry you are at the point that you need to start thinking of getting the tank out of the bottom of the jeep. If you think the skids that give you more clearance are good then imagine nothing down there.
Yeah I hear you Jack but I picked up around 1.5" of added clearance back there from the new skidplate so that was an improvement. My rig's main hangup though is at the RE long-arm t-case skidplate where I've been "turtled" from a few times. I'm probably going to go up another inch (from 4.5" to 5.5" springs) sometime this year to help that since RE doesn't make a bellyup to replace what I've got.

My TJ has a beer gut so I'm going to put it on platform shoes to see if that helps.
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Yeah I hear you Jack but I picked up around 1.5" of added clearance back there from the new skidplate so that was an improvement. My rig's main hangup though is at the RE long-arm t-case skidplate where I've been "turtled" from a few times. I'm probably going to go up another inch (from 4.5" to 5.5" springs) sometime this year to help that since RE doesn't make a bellyup to replace what I've got.

My TJ has a beer gut so I'm going to put it on platform shoes to see if that helps.
Yeah, I hear ya. My RK has a bit of a hang down too, although not as much as the RE. Depending on how much work you want to put into it I have physically seen a TJ that had an RE long arm setup completely flat skidded. They took the body off and made room for everything to fit and was able to modify the pan to sink it completely flush.
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Jack you can ask Rock 4x his in house long arm for that I am getting will be pretty much that.
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Jack you can ask Rock 4x his in house long arm for that I am getting will be pretty much that.
yeah, I'm done upgrading my jeep. I've got a front 44 housing for it and then it's done.

Hey Stonz, now you need to get yourself some stronger steering. You got the bad ace diff covers and the LCA's covered.
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Steering seems fine with 33x10.5s for what I do. Savvy belly up when avail and EBC pads/rotors, then, dare I say, I'm done.
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I've never heard of Savvy skidplates. What's the cost?

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It's a great product, especially since it also shaved 39 pounds off my TJ after removing the OE and Tompken skidplates.
So you lost 39 pounds by removing your old gas tank skid and replacing it with the Savvy??

What's it made of?
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So you lost 39 pounds by removing your old gas tank skid and replacing it with the Savvy??

What's it made of?
Aluminum
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I've never heard of Savvy skidplates. What's the cost?


So you lost 39 pounds by removing your old gas tank skid and replacing it with the Savvy??

What's it made of?
As Jack said above, aluminum... but a very special extra-hard grade of aluminum called T-6 6061. Not everyone will achieve that same 39 lb. weight saving. I was able to remove two skidplates, the OE and the aftermarket Tompken skidplate, which together weighed a lot, and replace them with the aluminum skidplate. They are around $299 and their website is Savvy Off-Road
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Thanks Jack and Jerry.

I would have never thought a skid plate made out of aluminum would be strong enough, but if both of you guys approve of the product, then that's all I need.

Unless of course, if you both are employed by the company and just trying to sell the thing.
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Thanks Jack and Jerry.

I would have never thought a skid plate made out of aluminum would be strong enough, but if both of you guys approve of the product, then that's all I need.

Unless of course, if you both are employed by the company and just trying to sell the thing.
Jerry is much closer to the product and the owner, but he still doesn't work for them.

I just think that it actually can be a viable alternative to the heavier steel skid plates. Easier for install and as long as it doesn't just crack (which 6061 shouldn't) then it will handle the bumps as well as comparative steel.

Hey JB, how come Blaine didn't use 7075 for the skids? Did he feel it was overkill?
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Hey JB, how come Blaine didn't use 7075 for the skids? Did he feel it was overkill?
I asked a similar question of him (Blaine) on another forum (about the skid). You could imagine his answer.
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Easier for install
Because it's lighter?
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I asked a similar question of him (Blaine) on another forum (about the skid). You could imagine his answer.
Yeah, I'm sure. It's not that much heavier than 6061 and it's at least 20-30% stronger in every fashion. Basically if guys are using it to make control arms with then it's going to be good enough for a skid plate.
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Some of you have seen the below post & pics elsewhere but it fits in this thread so I thought I'd post it up...

After (a recent) day on the rocks, the new Savvy skidplate held up to some amazing (!!!) hits that were so hard that a few of them hurt. In fact, the skidplate held up far better than my Jeep did. The skidplate earned some pretty serious scratches but nothing that could be considered a gouge or dent, I'm impressed... really! I didn't expect to be able to test it as thoroughly as it was but tested it was on Pumpkin Eater at Hi-Desert Roundup in the SOCAL desert.

So the skidplate held up to the rocks very well but the at the end of Pumpkin Eater (a tough local rock crawling trail), it got a little crazy after taking one last extra optional loop.

After a control arm mounting bolt broke and shifted the rear axle forward, it went downhill from there... the rear driveshaft broke at the yoke, a driveshaft u-joint broke (edit: I just found the D44 pinion yoke was damaged too), a wheel broke, the upper-rear control arm bracket was torn off the axle, a control arm mounting bolt broke, the ignition coil gave up, and I'm beat. Not to mention the huge Chuckwalla lizard a dog chased under my Jeep that ran up me and over my face while I was laying underneath working on the Jeep. I wasn't even sure what had just happened until everyone standing around started laughing and told me what had just run over my face.

My back is toast from laying on the rocks 90 minutes repairing what I could on the trail, at least I had a lot of help from some really great guys (Desert Dawgs 4x4 club) on the run and I'm thankful one of them had a welder for the torn control arm mount. Another (Desert Dawg and JF member Joe Smith) had a spare driveshaft he generously loaned me. I lost track but the carnage in our group that day wasn't confined to me... we had a couple broken axle shafts, broken Warn hub, broken axle tube, another broken control arm mount, and a few others. At least the Savvy skidplate came through with nary a wimper. I think I'll go take a nap now.

Edit by JB: I just received a new replacement rear driveshaft together with new front & rear yokes from driveshaft guru Tom Wood. It's been a long time since I've had a new driveshaft and I have to say, a Tom Wood driveshaft is a work of art. I'll be installing it this coming weekend.
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Not to mention the huge Chuckwalla lizard a dog chased under my Jeep that ran up me and over my face while I was laying underneath working on the Jeep.

Im sorry, but that's just funny.
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Wow Jerry Sounds like a wild weekend.

Just a note, when Blaine answered my post he ended it with "We will replace any broken skid we sell" so that really is testament to the product.
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Nice recap Jerry. Sounds a little like my last run at Glamis and my last run a couple weeks ago.
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Just a note, when Blaine answered my post he ended it with "We will replace any broken skid we sell" so that really is testament to the product.
That's good to know. You don't hear those words to often anymore. I guess you guys sold me on my new gas tank skid.
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Great products, great folks. Can't go wrong. I hope I'm on a preferred list for future stuff

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