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Old 02-01-2018, 12:19 PM
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Show us and discuss differential skids (not covers)

What are the options?

AEV
Pros: looks to be the best quality, looks to cover the pinion
Cons: rear only, sooo expensive, doesn't angle up over the cover

Rancho
Pros: Front and rear available, good price
Cons: Doesn't cover the pinion

Rough Country:
Pros: Front and rear available, good price
Cons: Kinda ugly, looks to reduce clearance too much, doesn't cover the pinions

What else is out there? What is your opinion of a skid rather than a cover?
Lets see some pics

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Hey there... what have you decided? I'm looking into the same thing. It seems like I'll go with AEV for the rear & Rancho skid (D44) up front. I have a '17 Recon with HD cast covers, which the Rough Country front and/rear won't fit.


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Old 07-26-2018, 09:11 AM   #3
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I went with the AEV for the rear and rancho for the front. Had AEV been available for the front, I would have done that.
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Nice. With that combo, could you run virtually any brand of cover(s)?
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I went with the AEV for the rear and rancho for the front. Had AEV been available for the front, I would have done that.
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Nice. With that combo, could you run virtually any brand of cover(s)?

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I went with these instead of covers. No need for aftermarket covers as these give all the protection you would need.
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Sorry, I meant fitment wise. For example, Rough Country skids will not fit factory (stock upgrade) HD covers on a D44. Front or rear.

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I run the aev on the rear of my recon. I have run the same one on 3 different rigs (removed it before trading each time) worth the money to me.
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Sorry, I meant fitment wise. For example, Rough Country skids will not fit factory (stock upgrade) HD covers on a D44. Front or rear.

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Sorry, I misunderstood the question. As far as other covers, I don't see any reason that aftermarket covers would not work.
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I run the rough country front and rear on mine. They're beefy and can take some punishment. Cosmetics mean 0 to me when it comes to the Jeep undercarriage so it wasn't a factor in determining my purchase. The AEV would have been nice to have but the price is ridiculous.


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I run the rough country front and rear on mine. They're beefy and can take some punishment. Cosmetics mean 0 to me when it comes to the Jeep undercarriage so it wasn't a factor in determining my purchase. The AEV would have been nice to have but the price is ridiculous.


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Yeah, I agree. Rough Country was my first choice but couldn't fit them with the HD covers. I ended up getting Rancho glide plates F&R. They should do fine.
The Rancho glides weigh 12 lbs. each (front & rear).
The RCs weighed 16.5 lbs. & 21 lbs (F&R). The RCs also seemed to wrap around the bottom and give more protection (like the lower 1/4???) to the opposite side. Nice, and strong, looking products for sure.
I run the RC LCA skids front and rear. They're nice too.

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RC rear

The Ranchos look pretty solid. I went with the Rear RC and will probably go with the RC for the front as well.

Seems to be built solid, would feel pretty comfortable coming down on a rock with them installed.




The joint has pretty good protection as well.




they are about 150 each though.
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I run Rough Country front and rear. One of the single best upgrades I did to my Jeep.
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I run Rough Country front and rear. One of the single best upgrades I did to my Jeep.
digging up an old thread, do you have any pictures for the Front skid plate? I am looking to get the M.O.R.E. transmission/oil pan skid plate and would like to put eyes on how that might fit with the RC front diff skid. Thanks

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