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Warn TJ steering box skid


 
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Code3TJ
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 7:39 am    Post subject: Warn TJ steering box skid Reply with quote

I bought mine from 4wd.com for around $38 (it's usually a little more but I had a discount.) It attaches at 3 points, using a bolt that mounts the steering gear, one of the lower bolts attaching the bumper and a third hole that you drill into the underside of the bumper. It should take only about 20 minutes to mount, but I ran into trouble and couldn't get the bumper bolt removed. I ended up having to break out the torch and heat up the bolt to remove it (be careful if you end upgoing this route - I'm not responsible for Jeep flambe.)


Front of skid


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Installed skid

I had some trouble getting the skid to mount flush with the underside of the bumper. I think the bumper has a slight twist in it which was likely the problem. Just remember to torque the steering gear/frame bolt to 70 ft/lbs and the bumper bolt to 77 ft/lbs.
It's constructed of 3/8" steel and has a nice powdercoating with no flaws. It wraps closely around the steering gear. I hope that it'll stand up to anything I happen to bounce off of without deforming. I'm pretty happy with it, it wraps nicely around the gear box and wasn't too expensive.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2004 8:05 am    Post subject: Re: Warn TJ steering box skid Reply with quote

i put my warn skid on my jeep - but i had a rokmen front bumper already replacing the factory bumper. there weren't any issues with alignment (that i had heard from other people too) so maybe aftermarket bumper manufacturers just have a more square surface? either way - rock solid (pardon the pun) and is a great product.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code3, I just put a Warn Steering Box skid plate on my 04 TJ. I also have the Warn front bumper. You were right, it pretty much is a simple task. I didnt have any trouble getting my bumper bolt out, so the hardest task was simply drilling the 3/8 inch hole into the tube support bracket that extends between the left and right frames. This looks like a smart investment as I dont like how Jeep has that steering box sitting out there in front just waited to be smacked by something.
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