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Old 12-10-2007, 10:28 AM   #1
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UMMMM Is it supposed to look like that???

I was climbing around under my 05 TJ this morning making plans for armor and I noticed that the front edge of the crossmember/tranny skid is rolled downward about 1.5-2inches. Is it supposed to be like that or should it be level all acroos the front edge??




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Old 12-10-2007, 10:36 AM   #2
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I think that is part of the optional water fording kit, used as a water brake, in case you loose power!

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I think that is part of the optional water fording kit, used as a water brake, in case you loose power!
LOL!! Yea I was thinking maybe a built in snow shovel.
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Looks like a rubicon skidplate, just one big shovel
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Doesnt look right to me. You remember ever hitting something kinda hard?
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Doesnt look right to me. You remember ever hitting something kinda hard?
I haven't hit anyting that would have done that, BUT the previous owner aparently like to get a little muddy in it. I know this because I keep finding mud globs in all kinda places under the jeep. Today I notice that the exhaust manifold is covered in about a 1/4 in of mud all around at the motor, like it was sunk sometime. So someone probably hung it on a rock at one time. I thought I checked it out better but I guess all the black spray paint that the dealer used to "pretty up" the wheel wells was decieving. (sorry for the rant)
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Could I use my BFH to fix this untill I can drop the cash on a new one?
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Could I use my BFH to fix this untill I can drop the cash on a new one?
New one? no lol just unbolt it from the jeep, place it flat on the ground and bang away until its leveled with the rest of your skid.
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:33 PM   #9
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Yeah, or heat it up first. Then you can bend it where ever you want and have the reverse shovel effect. You don't need a new one.
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it has to look like this, you´re skid is bent:



i installed this some days ago for a better underbody protection:

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That seems a little too smooth to be from damage. It's possible the original owner damaged it and replaced it with some strange after-market part? I agree with Tripple88a, take it off and beat it flat with a hard rubber mallet. Or a sledge hammer if necessary.
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i was thinking that it looks to good to be from damage too...possibility that he replaced it with an after market one
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I agree with it looking too good. There are no dings or scrapes on it whrer you would think it hit something. but I haven't seen any new ones like that even aftermarket.
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looks like there is a very deep scar right in the edge, little left of the center. Looks like it got hung up on something. Obviously i was not banged into this shape so it had to be pure force on 1 spot (edge)
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looks like there is a very deep scar right in the edge, little left of the center. Looks like it got hung up on something. Obviously i was not banged into this shape so it had to be pure force on 1 spot (edge)
I see the spot you're talking about, but to slide my fingers over it there is no jagged edge or burs. It did obviously hang on something. If I had to guess i'd say a stump. A stump would be strong enough to bend it and soft enough not to scrape it.

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