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atc_tj
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:10 am    Post subject: List of skid plates Reply with quote

Need a list of skid plates starting with the most usefull.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By manufacturer or component?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Component
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would start whith the steering box one . I like the Trailmaster one but there are alot to choose from! crazy jeep
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you like straight body panels, rocker protection as well. The steering box is a no brainer for the cost of the skid vs. the cost of a new box. Two I've yet to address are the gas tank and engine skids. I'm pretty sure a fuel pump failure was directly caused by not having better protection for the gas tank, but I'm still running the beat to hell stocker. The engine one I've been holding off on because of indecision of a control arm/t-case skid setup...well, not indecision as much as lack of funding Mr. Green . I'd say if you could swing those you'd be in pretty good shape.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What 'drack said. And as a finishing touch, I'd look at control arm mount skids depending on what kind of terrain you drive in.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your running rocks of any sort then.......

#1 Engine Skid is a must

#2 Rocker Panels or Gas Tank Skid

If 02 or newer, go for the Rocker protection.

If Pre-02, go for Gas Tank Skid.

My reasoning for this is on the 02 and newer models, DC beefed up the stock fuel tank skid to 1/8" steel and its prety tough. Its no Kilby but Its a 100% improvement to the pre-02 stamped out sheet metal ones.

#3 Steering box skids are easy to install and cheap, so this is many Jeepers first peice of protection. If you running over anything big enough to get to the steering box, then this should be included with #1.

#4. Rear corners come in handy if your running real tight wood or rock sections. Its extra insurance against caving in the corners if you back or slide into something.


And by all means Stay away from aluminum protection skids or panels. Aluminum looks nice but dosent protect for beans. Same goes for the Peel-n-Stick rocker panels.....great for the urban street bling thing fo shizzle but protectionwise there crap.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then, after steering, engine, gas tank, rockers, etc. you can go replace the stock transfer case skid (the "rock catcher") with a strong flat skid...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do I need a special engine skid for a lift, or do they all fit the same. I noticed some engine skids say " fits all stock exhaust " so do I have to find a skid that is compatable with the aftermarket exhaust as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

atc_tj wrote:
Do I need a special engine skid for a lift, or do they all fit the same. I noticed some engine skids say " fits all stock exhaust " so do I have to find a skid that is compatable with the aftermarket exhaust as well.


I have the Skid Row and love it. It works with stock or modifyed suspension and theres plenty of room for the exhaust.

Warn also makes one, which is also the same one that the dealer sells in a Mopar box that is alot less $ than the Skid Row. Its lighter material, 1/8" vs 3/16 and uses a v shaped support rib under the skid give it some integrety. You lose ground clearence with that rib and the skid still can bend with the full weight of your rig landing on it.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with above, that ps box hangs out thier. Ive held off on a gs tank skid and went with rocker and engine protection. I also have the Skid Row and love it.

Id also look into diff gaurds or rock rings.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After destroying a LCA mount, I recommend rocker protection of some form, a steering box skid (about $50 to protect a crucial component), and LCA protection prior to other protection.

I recommend the weld on LCA skids for better clearance as the Skid Row bolt on skids hang low and are easily snagged. I used Currie's but MikeGreen4x4 also sells some.

The oil pan is fairly high. I just recently tagged mine after wheeling for awhile. If I was stock height, my opinion might change. The stock gas tank skid will do fine for light, moderate wheeling...especially 03+ TJs.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just oredred the skidrow engine skid plate for my 00 Sahara. I heard it the best and I hope so cuz I just let go 224.00 plus like 60 shipping for it. As a college student I had to decide on what I needed most right now because of limited funds, and I think thats it.
I also thought about getting the 4xDoctor Diff. guard. Is that anygood? How do you install it without losing diff. fluid?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TJSahara wrote:

I also thought about getting the 4xDoctor Diff. guard. Is that anygood? How do you install it without losing diff. fluid?


Most of the basic diff guards are pretty much the same. They all seam to have thier own little diffences from each other. Generally the more you pay will get you more coverage and/or heavy mounting face. Different brand mounting faces go 1/8", 3/16", 1/4" and 3/8". Some have recessed bolt heads, some dont. Ive never heard any bad about 4xDoc products.

As far as installing without causing leaks.....well you may get lucky and remove just the neccasary bolts without breaking the seal.....but with a 00 model its probably time to flush the old gear grease and get some new stuff in there anyway. If you have done any water crossings at all that submerged the entire axle then this is a real good idea.

Changing the gear oil is sort of messy, but very simple. I found that adding new Amsoil 100% Synth gear oil quieted down the rear gear whine.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:46 pm    Post subject: nth degree mobility Reply with quote

i have had extensiive xonversation with the owner of nth degree. he was a chief engineer for jeep mostly on the wrangler project. when you install his parts it's obvious he engineer the vehicle in the first place. i have never had a negative side effect from any of his products. TUMMY TUCKER RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They use warn diff guards and so do i
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