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Old 07-18-2013, 08:12 PM   #61
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I e-mail M.O.R.E about transfer case skid plate, right now they don't have one but they are planning out come out with one this fall. Now M.O.R.E oil pan & transmission plate come with a reinforcement and is powder coat.
Clayton has both pans right now, and the oil & transmission plate is cheaper, but comes unfinished, which I don't like.

But, I think the reinforcement and powder coating make the M.O.R.E a better buy, ordering tonight or tomorrow
Have you looked at Off-Road Evolution's Skids? EVO: Bumper/Armor/Skids, ProTeK Skid System for Jeep JK Wranglers (years 2012 and up)

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Old 07-19-2013, 01:41 AM   #62
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NO, didn't see that and that price is not bad for all 3.
Not sure I like removing the oil pan bolts to put this on.

so which one do I get????

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NO, didn't see that and that price is not bad for all 3.
so which one do I get????
I would give them a call, they can definitely help you out and give the specifics for mounting. EVO's a pretty cool fab shop, they build it so they can answer any questions you have. GL hope you find the skids that work for you.
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Those look nice. Too bad they only come in black. The red looks sweet
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I would guess to say if you are not in a hurry they will Powder-coat them any color you want. But you could take any Skids or metal item to the local PC shop and get a specialized color. I dig the black stuff, easy to touch up after some trail damage so it don't get rusty.
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Good point. But matching cheapy paint could work too.
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Good point. But matching cheapy paint could work too.
Agreed..
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I really dont like the idea of removing the oil pan & transmission pan bolts to mount up the skid plates, so I think I will go with the M.O.R.E skid plate Jeep JK Oil Pan and Transmission Case Skid Plate from Mountain Off-Road (M.O.R.E.)

and the EVO MFG ProTek JK Exhaust Skid EVO: Bumper/Armor/Skids, ProTek Exhaust & Tranny Cross-member Skid

Cost is a little more, but i like the setup better
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I just got off the phone with EVO and bought the ProTek Kit for my auto trans. The tech mentioned the oilpan gasket is rtv and most do not leak but not all,the autotrans bolts aren't touched, the cross member bolts are replaced but he said u can use the factory ones if they aren't damaged like some are from bashing on rocks. He recommends doing an oil change at time of installation and since your already there take the oil pan down, get it all cleaned up,put a fresh rtv gasket on and from doing ones in the past theres usually a magnet at the bottom of the pan collecting metal shavings that i will clean out since after the armor is put on i will hate to have to take it all off when i was just there. It comes finished with powdercoat. I also got a 10% military veteran discount.
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id forgot about EVO , thanks for reminding me, i like this all in one design i bought it today, now i want their sliders LOL, should have it Tues or Wed, ill take pics and let u know how it is.
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id forgot about EVO , thanks for reminding me, i like this all in one design i bought it today, now i want their sliders LOL, should have it Tues or Wed, ill take pics and let u know how it is.
Cool man, cant wait to see it on your rig! I am hopping get rest myself before Moab in Oct. I already have the main / transf skid, ordering the Oil pan and trans next. EVO is a good shop not the cheapest but one of the best Imo. Mel R&D's every part he makes and its all trail proven before it gets sold. Cant ask for much more, he builds it, tests it, breaks it, then makes it better before EVO sells it. Proven American made product.
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id forgot about EVO , thanks for reminding me, i like this all in one design i bought it today, now i want their sliders LOL, should have it Tues or Wed, ill take pics and let u know how it is.
Paul, did you get this yet? How did it go?
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Paul, did you get this yet? How did it go?
Yes i did, post 147 on page 5 in the NM what did u do to your JK, went on perfect, and i put it to the test immediately in Colorado, great fit and function from EVO. I got to see the sliders in person on a rig and do like them to.
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Came across this pic and thought it was a great comparison of POS stock ball joints and Syngery's H-D ball joints. Really can see the difference.
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Came across this pic and thought it was a great comparison of POS stock ball joints and Syngery's H-D ball joints. Really can see the difference.

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The process has started, ordered Metalcloak 2.5 ARB kit, on board air compressor and tank, and s-pod switch panel.
Maybe around Thanksgiving a front and rear bumper
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You went with the Dual Rate ARB right?
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The process has started, ordered Metalcloak 2.5 ARB kit, on board air compressor and tank, and s-pod switch panel. Maybe around Thanksgiving a front and rear bumper
Uh oh! Nice!!!!
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Delivery is getting close.
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Maybe around Thanksgiving a front and rear bumper
Hello NMBruce,
I have the S-pod switch panel (6 lighted switches). A very nice setup with 40 amp relays so it can power just about anything you want to hook up to it. I'm going to wire my hardtop defroster and rear wiper to the switches. You will like the look of the switch mount for sure.
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The process has started, ordered Metalcloak 2.5 ARB kit, on board air compressor and tank, and s-pod switch panel.
Maybe around Thanksgiving a front and rear bumper
It has been shipped, should be here on the 10th
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My buddy in Scottsdale checked out a almost new AEV premium front bumper & some lights for me today, and he should pick it up next Saturday. So, it looks like I bought a bumper for $800, but might have to wait until March to get it.
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My buddy in Scottsdale checked out a almost new AEV premium front bumper & some lights for me today, and he should pick it up next Saturday. So, it looks like I bought a bumper for $800, but might have to wait until March to get it.
Is this the one you were talking about at the Flash Dash? Were you able to confirm all the hard ware? still a good deal
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My buddy in Scottsdale checked out a almost new AEV premium front bumper & some lights for me today, and he should pick it up next Saturday. So, it looks like I bought a bumper for $800, but might have to wait until March to get it.
delivered today and I got a AEV front skid plate also included in the deal
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delivered today and I got a AEV front skid plate also included in the deal
Lucky duck! I'm still waiting on my stuff to ship :-/
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Last week at the Weds meet, I learned, I have a lot to learn about Jeeps.

In the past with my friends when we did off road trips and it seemed between everyone, we had what we needed, but I have very little off road equipment.

so what are the basic to have? I do not plan to lift (well maybe a small lift and 33, maybe 35, MPG important) the Jeep, my goal with this is to build a expedition Jeep that I can do some traveling with and still have fun off road.

So I guess I would like you input on what I should do to the Jeep and what I should have with me.

1) CB (all ready have one, but will get a Cobra 75 & firestick)
2) hi lift jack
3) tow strap (recovery gear)
4) fire extinguisher
5) ???

Do I need to reenforce the front axles?

Long term, around Christmas will get some bumpers, maybe a winch.
AEV rear bumper and maybe front bumper.
Black Friday is coming quick

where is the best place to get and/or should I stay away from a some brands??
1) tow strap
2) snatch strap
3) bags for tailgate table (have this tailgate table Jeep tailgate protector with MOLLE attachment what are good bags to carry the straps and other recovery gear
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As far as recovery kits go, both warn and ARB have kits that may meet your needs. The warn kit that I got some time ago included a snatch block, tree protector (10 ft nylon strap), 10 ft chain, d-ring shackle, and a heavy duty nylon bag to carry it all in. The bag has enough room to fit all of that plus my 25 ft nylon strap and winch remote and an extra pair of gloves.

One of these kits is a must have in my opinion.
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where is the best place to get and/or should I stay away from a some brands??
1) tow strap
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3) bags for tailgate table (have this tailgate table Jeep tailgate protector with MOLLE attachment what are good bags to carry the straps and other recovery gear
Pricey, but Vikingoffroad.com has excellent straps and other recovery gear.

Also, Molle Tactical Gear Molle-Guy Home for everything molle. He WAS a local NM guy, but had to move to Washington state for work. That said, Jeff is a great guy and fellow Jeeper.

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