but on the 97-02 the Kilby also raises the tank an inch
same w/ the rokmen skid.
01-01-2009 08:35 PM
I'm not asking. i'm telling you I haven't seen it as a problem.
01-01-2009 08:44 PM
my gas tank skid doesnt have that dimple either
but I took some rubber matting from home depot and lined the bottom of the skid plate leaving a hole in the middle for the tank dimple to sit in
I have the kilby steering box skid and have hit it on rocks it seems to hold up just fine
I have come down hard a few times on my gas tank skid and it hasnt even dented just scratched it
01-01-2009 08:53 PM
i'm not questioning the strength of it. :)
01-01-2009 08:55 PM
It doesn't cause problems for those that run the Kilby skid. Some do put rubber on the sides of the tank to space it. Both ways do not effect any of the jeeps opperation or harm it. From experiance. Not reading it.
01-01-2009 08:57 PM
Well i have a EMP skid it has no dimple and i've had no probs and it is strong.
01-01-2009 08:57 PM
alright nico i guess u have ur answers man. Order it now, when u get it by next Christmas, put some rubber on the sides of it to form the "dimple" from the inside and go try it out :D
01-01-2009 08:59 PM
I think Rokmen found a good marketing angle. I like the flat surface to slide off of.
01-01-2009 10:34 PM
i like kilbys products.....my fuel cell is now in the back of the jeep but before, the skidplate held up well.......my stock skid also held up well......it had a 5 inch radius but it was still in tact
01-02-2009 01:09 AM
When I first got my Rubi I tried a Kilby steering box plate. It only protected about 1/2 the steering box, leaving the inside half open and unprotected. I wondered what trails have only 1/2 rocks that might do damage.
I returned it and made my own.
They may have improved them since.
While you are putting on a steering box skidplate, why not enhance the mounting for the box at the same time. The steering box mounts to a "pod-like-protrusion" under the frame. That "pod" has a tendancy to break off, or at least snap the welds, leaving you without steering. A skid plate helps, but doesn't prevent it from breaking.
Add a full plate along the outside and weld it to both the frame and pod. Add gussets to the front, rear, and underneath the pod to.
The cross brace from the box to the other side frame rail also helps, but the Ruby boxes are shaped different, cross braces don't work on them.
It's not a fun feeling when you realize you can't steer it.
01-02-2009 01:23 AM
Here's the strengthening of the pod.
Total weight added about 3 lbs.