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Old 05-05-2015, 01:36 PM
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Minimum trail armor

I am building up a 2015 Wrangler and want to start putting some trail armor on as I go. I want to start in the order of importances and add them as I move up in trail difficulty. I have not done any rock crawling yet but will begin soon. I have done some beginer to intermidiate trails so far.
Let me know where to start.
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If an automatic, get an oil/engine skid first as there is no factory skid there at all.

Then armor up everything else - differentials, lower control arms, evap, transfer case, gas tank, new heavy duty cross member, rock sliders.

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All the dents I got starting are the transmission cross member, gas tank skid and diff covers. I'd do those first.
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check out the rock hard complete skid system. i put mine on last weekend but have yet to try them out. although i can say that it is of good quality and im sure will be great protection
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If you're going to start rock crawling, you might try it first before you add a lot of weight that you might not need to. I'm amazed at how well the stock armor Jeep put on the JK holds up. See what the shortcomings of your rig are on the trails you drive on with your driving style and your spotter.

There have been maybe a dozen times after a cringe worthy impact I've gotten out and slid under the jeep to check it out, only to see not much more than a scratch on the stock transmission cross member or the gas tank skid. My thinking is that those two items are what I impact most. I might need to replace them in the future but why would I do that while the ones I have are still serviceable?

I haven't impacted a differential, maybe that's because I have a stellar spotter.....I think the importance of that can't be emphasized enough. If I was wheeling alone or doing trails with a poor spot, Id be more apt to preemptively add more armor.

After hitting the trails most weekends in UT and CO over the past couple of months I've found that I do keep grinding the bottom edge of my licence plate holder away. Guess I need a bumper with a better approach angle. Also, I'm hitting the rear tow hook HARD on occasion, maybe I'll get a low-pro tow hook if there is such a thing or a clevis eye instead.
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The stock stuff will take a few hits, but that cross member is tinfoil. Stock skids in general are nowhere near as beefy as aftermarket. Crawling rocks the OP will NEED better armor in short order.

The problem waiting until the stock is not serviceable as what renders it unserviceable may be an impact that takes out a transmission or transfer case or....
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The stock stuff will take a few hits, but that cross member is tinfoil. Stock skids in general are nowhere near as beefy as aftermarket. Crawling rocks the OP will NEED better armor in short order. The problem waiting until the stock is not serviceable as what renders it unserviceable may be an impact that takes out a transmission or transfer case or....
Or differential. Slid my rear diff over a rock and it pealed the cover back enough to start a leak. Lost about two gallons of space on my fuel tank.

Must have are gas tank skid, cross member, different covers and lower control arm skids. Other stuff is optional protection.

Also consider a stronger tie rod and rock sliders.
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SolidAxle.com for diff covers, $65 each. Rock Hard skid system $389 just about everywhere. Ace rock sliders. That's what I'm running.
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I wasn't sure what I wanted to do so I waited and took note of where I was hitting, given the trails I take. I don't do any hair ball rock climbing, so my hits were on the low points. The desert is plumb full of rocks with evil intent.

I ended up putting sliders on the differentials and lower control arms, and they do the job fine for me. I'm thinking about a heavier cross member in the future, but that's it. It really depends on where you go and what you do.
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I am building up a 2015 Wrangler and want to start putting some trail armor on as I go. I want to start in the order of importances and add them as I move up in trail difficulty. I have not done any rock crawling yet but will begin soon. I have done some beginer to intermidiate trails so far.
Let me know where to start.
Thanks much....
For the local SoCal trails like those in BigBear for example, rock sliders should be your first piece of armor, followed by diff covers. The factory "armor" is not bad and can handle a good bit of the type of banging around you can expect locally.

Repost this question in the California section of this forum and you will get answers more tailored to your local needs.

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