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Old 09-07-2011, 06:24 PM   #1
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Skid Plates??

I'm New to the jeep thing what kinda of skid plates should i get for orr roading???

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Old 09-07-2011, 06:42 PM   #2
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gas tank, lower control arms, and a belly pan

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Old 09-07-2011, 07:02 PM   #3
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rokmem.com makes a very nice kid plate, n many other products. welcome to the forum!
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:24 PM   #4
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engine/tranny skid is good place to start.
www.undercoverfab.com makes nice stuff.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:27 PM   #5
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I just bought a skid row engine skid. Ill let you know howbit is once I get it installed I did see the exact same one perform greatly at Rausch creek though.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:40 PM   #6
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Gas tank, lower control arms, diffs, steering box.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:40 PM   #7
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Your '06 TJ's gas tank skidplate is adequate. Early TJ gas tank skidplates were not, they were only thin sheet metal, but the factory beefed it up significantly sometime in the early 2000's. The only use I'd say a newer skidplate needs replacing for would be some pretty extreme wheeling, like rock crawling.

What you definitely need first is an oil pan skidplate. The oil pan is vulnerable and if you punch a hole in it without you noticing, your engine could be toast. Some prefer to go with an entire engine skid vs. just an oil pan skidplate but which way you go depends on your budget.

Some insist on adding a skidplate to the front steering box, which can't hurt, but in 15 years of wheeling and ten years of rock crawling, nothing has ever touched my steering box.

After the oil pan, I'd next add rocker guards to protect the area under the doors. Rocker guards that actually bolt to the tub are far stronger and preferrable to those that bolt to the frame using long mounting brackets.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:45 PM   #8
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Here is the one I'm installing next weekend got this $270 skid for $100



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Old 09-07-2011, 08:01 PM   #9
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I'm going to agree with Jerry I've wheeled a lot and very hard for about 5 years now and never on any rig I've owned or wheeled with has any one every hit their steering box.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:03 PM   #10
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Where are you wheeling? What sort of stuff is apt to contact the underside of your vehicle? Not everybody wheels on rocks, so skid plate needs may differ from those commonly suggested. Those of us who usually encounter only mud and sand can get by without much, if any, additional armor.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:15 PM   #11
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For those who think hitting the steering box isn't possible! Check out 2:22. I thought it was the bumper from inside the jeep but on second glance......dun dun dun.....steering box.


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