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Water Dog 04-24-2013 07:19 PM

Oil Pan Skid
 
I'm getting ready to replace the engine oil pan on my 4.0L, and was thinking about buying and installing a skid while I was at it. While in a local 4 wheel drive shop, I was asking what they had, and was informed that they could get me anythingI wanted, but they recommended just welding a steel plate on the bottom of the pan.

Has anyone done this,....pros and cons?

Ryman12 04-24-2013 07:33 PM

Well, that option would certainly be the cheapest option. I prefer the bolt on skid plates though because I feel as though they distribute an impact better and are easier to replace if damaged.

Water Dog 04-24-2013 07:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Ryman12 (Post 3678877)
Well, that option would certainly be the cheapest option. I prefer the bolt on skid plates though because I feel as though they distribute an impact better and are easier to replace if damaged.

I hear ya..! I don't mind the work welding something on (especially if I do it before I install it) but I guess I'm kind of questioning letting the engine and motor mounts take the force if I happen to come down on a rock. It seems to me like a frame mount would be better, even if it did hang down just a little, but maybe I'm worried about nothing????

Ryman12 04-24-2013 08:09 PM

The only thing is if it gets dented up you would need to drop the entire oil pan to fix it, not just the exhaust and skid. As far as the motor mount/frame argument, either way the force is going to the frame. Some engine skids bolt to the crosmember as well, maybe that would be something to look into.

Rude Dog 04-24-2013 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Water Dog (Post 3678973)

I hear ya..! I don't mind the work welding something on (especially if I do it before I install it) but I guess I'm kind of questioning letting the engine and motor mounts take the force if I happen to come down on a rock. It seems to me like a frame mount would be better, even if it did hang down just a little, but maybe I'm worried about nothing????

X2... I was lucky mine came with a full skid. Bolts to middle skid and runs forward under the engine. I'd say the piece of mind it giving me while wheeling is a good thing.

toolmantim 04-24-2013 08:28 PM

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...l/100_1531.jpg

connect the front of your engine skid using the design somewhat shown above. It's essentially a A frame brace that anchors underneath where the motor mounts are braced to the frame. There are already holes in the frame brackets to mount but the mounting brackets to skid do require a slight curve to brace properly to frame.

I have bent the engine skid pictured above 3/4 or more of an inch a few times over the last 8 years and my oil pan is spotless.

Connect it to your T-case skid. Welding a skid to a pan you want to protect is pointless.


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