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Old 06-20-2012, 04:30 PM
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Looking for underside 2012 JKU Armor BUT...

Hey guys,

I am looking at getting some armor for the underside of my 2012, but have one MAJOR criteria that I figure someone here would know. I want a nice, quality piece that bolts up directly (no drilling or moving of anything required) and the most important thing....must not interfere with fluid changes whatsoever. Any suggestions?

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Hey guys,

I am looking at getting some armor for the underside of my 2012, but have one MAJOR criteria that I figure someone here would know. I want a nice, quality piece that bolts up directly (no drilling or moving of anything required) and the most important thing....must not interfere with fluid changes whatsoever. Any suggestions?
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That looks awesome, and seems to be what I am looking for. However, where is the tranny drain access?

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Like the evo.looks good.not shure about red.
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It is only red for display purposes. It comes in black when delivered to you.
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This one seems great because it's one piece, I like that.
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Appreciate the help, but it will be a cold day in hell that I spend $800 on a few pieces of sheetmetal.
It just starts there... add coating, gas skid and HD version.... 1850.00

Went with the EVO one myself... Just installed one for a friend also. good stuff.
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It just starts there... add coating, gas skid and HD version.... 1850.00

Went with the EVO one myself... Just installed one for a friend also. good stuff.
Fit was good, quality, bolt holes line up, ease of access to the drain bolts? You happy with it?
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Fit was good, quality, bolt holes line up, ease of access to the drain bolts? You happy with it?
yes to quality and fit
yes to lined up (I did have my buds jeep, 1 bolt was ~2mm off. not a big deal.)
I'm very happy with it, along with the other one that was installed.

Side note: Also did the Poison spider EVAP at the same time, very solid unit also.

Side note2: If you use a teraflex exhaust spacer, the larger exhaust skid will not fit well.
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yes to quality and fit
yes to lined up (I did have my buds jeep, 1 bolt was ~2mm off. not a big deal.)
I'm very happy with it, along with the other one that was installed.

Side note: Also did the Poison spider EVAP at the same time, very solid unit also.

Side note2: If you use a teraflex exhaust spacer, the larger exhaust skid will not fit well.
I am actually installing an AFE Y pipe and a Dynomax exhaust so I hope I have no fitment issues.
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I wish it was only $800

Engine/tran skid
Fuel tank skid
control arm skids
Evap skid
Muffler skid.
Rock rails.
Diff covers

Then there is the resonator skid (haven't found, might fabricate)

stabilizer relocation bracket.

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Out of curiosity...doesn't the oil pan fly off as soon as you undo all those bolts holding it up? Seems like a hell of an install no?
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Out of curiosity...doesn't the oil pan fly off as soon as you undo all those bolts holding it up? Seems like a hell of an install no?

Nope... I did one HOT and one cold. Just don't pry or bang it when the bolts are out. Not a drop was lost.
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Nope... I did one HOT and one cold. Just don't pry or bang it when the bolts are out. Not a drop was lost.
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do we have to worry about raising fluid temps when using these products? tks
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do we have to worry about raising fluid temps when using these products? tks

That was my worry with the EVO. There was no way I was going to surround my oil pan with a box of steel that close to the pan and have to worry about heat build-up. Plus, if it took a hard hit I did not want it directly transferred to the engine itself. Nice looking unit though.
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I replaced my '12 JKUR stock metal evap skid with a Poison Spyder skid last night. It's a nice design, tucks the unit up and over away from the driveshaft.

Jeep Evap Skid | Jeep Evap Protection | Jeep Evap Armor | Poison Spyder Customs

Takes about 30 minutes to install, easy to do if it's not 96 degrees outside.
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That was my worry with the EVO. There was no way I was going to surround my oil pan with a box of steel that close to the pan and have to worry about heat build-up. Plus, if it took a hard hit I did not want it directly transferred to the engine itself. Nice looking unit though.
I didn't think of this, but I think this is a really legitimate concern. From a design standpoint, it seems that bolting the plate to the pan essentially makes the plate part of the pan, defeating the point of the skidplate. The rockhard design seems to be better thought out, since it is one piece covering everything without actually touching the components it protects. Does it bolt up to 2012s directly?
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That was my worry with the EVO. There was no way I was going to surround my oil pan with a box of steel that close to the pan and have to worry about heat build-up. Plus, if it took a hard hit I did not want it directly transferred to the engine itself. Nice looking unit though.
That's a non-issue since the metal transfers the heat and doesn't insulate it. I have the Rancho oil pan skid on the 3.8. The metal box attaches to and completely surrounds the stock oil pan. I have noticed zero change in engine temperature.
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That's a non-issue since the metal transfers the heat and doesn't insulate it. I have the Rancho oil pan skid on the 3.8. The metal box attaches to and completely surrounds the stock oil pan. I have noticed zero change in engine temperature.
What about an actual hit? Seems like if you hit your plate, you are essentially hitting the oil pan since they are attached to each other directly.
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I have the Rock Hard and really like the protection and the way it bolts up. It does however cause an issue with the oil change in that it tends to shoot the oil onto the top of the skid. I ordered the Fumoto valve to try and help that situation. I'll let everyone know how that works out.

I don't think a hit would hurt the oil pan per se, but it surely would directly transfer the hit to the block and the motor mounts. I haven't read or heard of that exact issue but I just don't like the design around the pan at all. Different tastes for everyone. Our Jeeps would be pretty boring if they were all the same!!!
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^This. The Rancho skid is very very heavy and solid. You need a floor jack to properly lift it in place. If you take a hit hard enough to damage the oil pan with that on, it won't matter anyway because you will be going through the windshield despite your seat belt and airbag.
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I have the Rock Hard and really like the protection and the way it bolts up. It does however cause an issue with the oil change in that it tends to shoot the oil onto the top of the skid. I ordered the Fumoto valve to try and help that situation. I'll let everyone know how that works out.
I've got the rockhard and the same oil change issue......great skids though, just wish it protected the loop on the exhaust like the EVO does.
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I've got the rockhard and the same oil change issue......great skids though, just wish it protected the loop on the exhaust like the EVO does.
I would love to hear your reviews with the fumoto valve! The problem I see with the Fumoto is that it does not drain straight down, but rather at an arc, essentially leaving you with the same problem you have now. However, I could be wrong.
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From what I read on the various diesel truck forums, a lot of those folks use this valve. The common knock on it is it drains slowly. Well, that sounds just like the ticket for this issue so I'm hoping it works out.

Some of the Fumoto models have an elbow on them, draining down in the case of the 2012 JK, but it would be too long for the Rock Hard access hole to fit (I think). I'm having the shortest model delivered today and will check the fit for clearance tonight.

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