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Old 05-02-2013, 12:02 AM   #1
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Differential skid

Anybody using a differential skid? I'm not talking about a cover, but a skid under neath for the pumpkin to slide over rocks with. About the only one I can find is the rancho. Playing on the rocks sunday both my diffs have some heavy marks in them now.

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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I'm making one for my 8.8. There are a few out there, I think ARB might make one. I was never a big fan, just have the cover and smart driving. A few dings are okay as all the metal is thick cast and doesn't really flinch. If anything I would skid the rear axle so it doesn't hang up on the lip, although the d35s isn't too bad.

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:28 AM   #3
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Can't seem to find one for a 35. Would love to have it, but then again, would love the reason to HAVE to upgrade.
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Hey Chevymad

Hey Chevymad, thanks again for coming out last weekend, hope you had fun out at Tillamook. As far as differential skids, I don't use them, but I have thought about them from time to time. I have aftermarket differential covers, that's about it. Right now I am not big on skids because of the potential loss of ground clearance with some of the "bolt-on" skids out there. I may change my mind someday, but here are a few options if you are looking.

The top-left one is the AEV/Nth Degree Dana 44 slider which bolts on. It even protects the pinion and lower CV joint. I think you can mount them on the front too if you run a front Dana 44. This is the one I thought about getting at one point.

The bottom one is the slider made by "Rock-It". It has a similar concept, but again you can see it hangs lower and you lose a little bit of ground clearance with it. Probably even more than the AEV one.

The one on the lower-right is made by Currie and it's on their Dana 60. This is not an aftermarket option, but rather a "built-in" option for their aftermarket axle housings. I just include it as an idea if you are the fabricating type. I think they only do this for their Dana 60's so I don't think you can order a replacement plate from Currie, and just "modify" it to fit unless you have a HP Dana 60 too. This design seems ideal since there is no real loss of ground clearance.

I am sure some people may agree or disagree with my comments, and there may be other skids out there but these are the only ones I know of. Hope it helps and hope to see you out on the trails again sometime soon!

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Old 05-02-2013, 09:10 AM   #5
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I'll throw up some pics of my 8.8 skid when I am done with it. Sorry for the ugly pic. The lip is pretty big, I have seen guys shave these and take off an inch. I will probably adjust the skid once I set my pinion angle, shave the lip some if I can. This guy goes all out on his: ford 8.8 swap into 97 tj

I am gona keep it a little more limited, more to keep from hanging up on the lip than protect the pinion since I should have a pinion angle in the mid 20s

but for now:

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Old 05-02-2013, 10:11 PM   #6
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I guess rancho's glide plate is about the closest thing to what I'm thinking of then. I may just build my own. Want a 1/4" plate flat against the bottom of the pumpkin with a bend in it towards the front protecting the cover and making a ramp to slide up on.

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Okay, I am gona be honest here. If it's what you want, so be it. But that is stupid. A good front cover is plenty of protection, you can use it as a ramp. You don't need a skid for a cover. The only thing a skid if good for is the pinion.
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I hit a rock with the bottom edge of the differential that stopped the jeep cold. Didn't hit the cover, but put a nice gouge in the bottom of the diff.
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I hit a rock with the bottom edge of the differential that stopped the jeep cold. Didn't hit the cover, but put a nice gouge in the bottom of the diff.
So putting even more metal in between well help clearance?
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1/4" ?? Lol. And yes because it will ride up the ramp in front and slide over.
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I have seen a diff cover on a samurai ripped off by a rock. Bolts and all. So in my opinion the little clearance you lose provides much more peace of mind than negetives of the ground clearance Loss.
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If you have seen a quality aftermarket cover ripped over a little sami, I would like to know what cover. It's literally impossible to rip off most, which is one of the big reasons to run an aftermarket cover, to keep the lip from peeling back.

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