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Old 03-13-2015, 06:13 PM
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Skid Row Offroad Front Lower Control Arm Skid Plates For 07-15 JK Bracket Issues

Anyone have issues installing these skid plates?

I have a 2015 JKUR, stock suspension. I had my local shop do the installs for these skid plates, rear control arm plates, both differential covers and the transmission crossmember. I was going to do them myself, but waiting on my beefy jack stands, so for a couple hundred I thought I'd save myself the frustration.

Good thing I took it to them, the L brackets just don't fit correctly. The driver side is close, but the passenger side is way off. If the L bracket nuts were cranked down with force, the mechanic said the shock mount would have some tension since the bracket would be pulling it at angle or something like that.

You can see in the photo, how far off the bracket is, the smaller nut is tight, but the larger one with the big space is loose. The angle is just wrong, and the brackets hit the rounded lip of the control arm and doesn't sit flush like it does on the driver side.




Here's the driver side where it sits better.




So for now I just have the skid plates on there without the bracket, they'll stay on, but I can't go off road like this. The guy at Skid Row who made the brackets is out til Tuesday so I have to call back then.

My mechanic said he can modify the brackets and get it to work with washers for another $80, but I really don't think it's right that I have to pay extra for parts that don't fit correctly, that should be easily bolted on.

Anyone have any ideas?

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What bracket is that (big bolt attached to) ? Tightening the bolt won't draw it in ?

Nm I see .. That is the skid.

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who has the instructions? you or the installer?

looks like the bracket are in stalled on the wrong arm.
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Lol.. Not really. There is a left and right according to the instructions

Step 8: Once all of the bolts are installed, tighten them. Torque the nut on the lower control arm mounting bolt to the recommended torque. Sorry, but we can’t give a number for this since it varies based on model year and whether or not you are using factory or after-market control arms.
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the big bolt is attached to the control arm, it's just way off, doesn't sit like the driver side. The mechanic is afraid if he tightens it it's going to put excessive force on the 2 bolts mounted to the shock mount since it needs to tweak so much and is putting too much pressure on the shock mount which would be the weakest point.
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I called Skid Row and they said to make sure the L brackets are on the correct sides, which they are. There's a smaller oval hole on the end that attaches to the skid, then a larger round hole that attaches to the control arm bolt.
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If you were having someone else do it, you could have just got weld on ones....
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Old 03-14-2015, 12:33 PM
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Yeah, my intention was to install everything myself, but with my jack stand order being delayed, and problems with my electrical system and doing some other work on the Jeep this week I wasn't in the mood to deal with it. I figured for only $200 to install 5 items that was worth it. Didn't expect parts to not fit properly.
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When I installed these, I had to carefully grind the L-brackets just a hair to provide clearance with the control arm brackets. Also, make sure to leave everything loose, allowing the main part of the skid to move as you tighten the L-bracket hardware. I also ended up having to 'tweak' the L-brackets a little to get everything to line up perfectly.
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Man mine went on without a hitch and fit perfect. It really does look like they just need cranked down tho... Or pull that l brakent off put it in a vise and hammer it s little wider.
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Ok, I'll see what they say tomorrow when I call the guy at Skid Row. Seems like it should just go on easily but it doesn't.
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I spoke to the guy at Skid Row, he said it should just fit. If I couldn't get it to work he would send a replacement L bracket. So I loosened all of the bolts, fit the L bracket on and with everything loose it came much closer like the driver side. Not sure why the mechanic didn't do that, but it fits within an acceptable distance,I tightened the crossmember bolt first, then the L bracket bolt and finally the shock mount bolts. Seems to be good on both sides now. We'll see what happens at Borrego Springs this weekend.
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Nice, glad it all went together then. I know I was impressed with how beefy the skids are. I have smacked mine off a rock or two with no issues.

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