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Old 01-13-2011, 10:10 PM   #1
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Undercover Fab works skid plates

I've been looking at these guys for a transfer case skid plate and oil pan skid plate package. Anyone run em? I'm wanting to use his 1/4" thick extra high clearance plate. He's asking 495+shipping I'm kinda new to this so any advice would be great. I already am using the sye and driveshaft. My jeep already has a 4" lift so that shouldnt be an issue.

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Old 01-13-2011, 10:16 PM   #2
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Great products. You can't go wrong with Matt. Call him and chew the fat about your jeep.

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Old 01-13-2011, 10:20 PM   #3
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That price is very ugly lol...i mean I'm not wanting to penny pinch and get some cheap crap that doesnt protect but does anyone have some alternatives to this? Also, would I want to get a motor mount lift? I bought the jeep 3 weeks ago so havent really looked to see if it has one.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:25 PM   #4
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:27 PM   #5
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Cool, thanks man, I appreciate the coupon code.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:30 PM   #6
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You will love that skid. Its no joke
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:54 PM   #7
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Do I need a motor mount lift assuming that the guy before me did not put one in? (he had the lift put in)
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:42 AM   #8
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I have just installed the UCF transmission mount, and that seems to be the golden key to the whole deal of a TC skid with no body lift and no engine lift. Their transmission mount sets the TC right down into the skid plate and doesn't change the driveline angle very much, I'd say only between 1/2" to an inch at the TC end. I did it the hard way, as usual, and mated a Rokmen TT skid with the UCF transmission mount. In the end, it worked out fine, but I had to do some trimming, cutting, shimming, and fitting. I love Rokmen products, but in this case I would recommend matching up parts from one manufacturer, in this case UCF, and be sure to use their transmission mount. It makes the whole deal work with keeping CG low, no body lifting and no motor lifting. And my case was for a '06 Rubicon, bulkier TC than non-Rubi. ( I have 6 spd manual).
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:49 AM   #9
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To clarify, the TT skid plate raises the transfer case about an inch and a half, or so, but the Undercover transmission mount gives back about an inch of that change in the height of the transfer case, so the driveline angle doesn't change an awful lot, plus it keeps the top of the TC from hitting the floor, I didn't even have to dimple the floor like I'd been planning on.
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I’ve dented and scraped my stock transfer case skid so much that after awhile, I had to keep removing the plate to press out the dents. One dent in particular, was so bad that it raised the transmission bracket mount at an angle that caused the rubber to crack and shear. It was at this point when I decided to upgrade to a heavy duty transfer case skid. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a tummy tuck, as I didn’t have the funds to purchase a SYE, DC drive shaft, and rear UCAs – I wanted an OEM height skid that was stouter and could handle a decent blow. Unfortunately, there were not many options for me out on the market.

After further research, I came across Matt’s UCF “no body-lift needed” transfer case skid that was offered in a 3/16” and ¼” option. I ordered the ¼” skid. The skid arrived bare with the shipping information stickered on the bare metal. I was impressed with the quality and workmanship of the skid welds and overall appearance. After prepping, priming, and painting – the skid installed without any issues, the holes and transmission mount bracket aligned perfectly.

Because I am running OEM driveline components, I did get vibrations from installing the skid. I was able to realign back to the correct angles and remove 100% vibes by installing a 1” transfer case spacer. Despite the spacer, I still net ½” of belly clearance due to shorter height of the skid compared to stock.

I’ve already tested the durability of the skid on rocks and so far I haven’t been able to dent it .

I highly recommend Matt’s products.



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Because I am running OEM driveline components, I did get vibrations from installing the skid.
Island, I haven't driven mine yet since I did all this, because I'm anticipating vibrations. I have a Tom Wood rear drive shaft coming which should be here this coming week. After I put that on I will re-angle my rear pinion, then I'll report if any vibes.
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Island, I haven't driven mine yet since I did all this, because I'm anticipating vibrations. I have a Tom Wood rear drive shaft coming which should be here this coming week. After I put that on I will re-angle my rear pinion, then I'll report if any vibes.
Hopefully you won't get vibes, the double cardan drive shaft you ordered, is more forgiving at angles vs a stock drive shaft; in any case - your Currie rear UCA should fine tune them out - if any. Nice that your Rubi has a fixed yoke .

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