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XJ Lower Control Arm Skid Plate Install

Author: ThePhantum

Lower Control Arm differencesI recently installed these lower control arm skids made by Skid Row along with a transfer case skid and an engine skid plate. The first thing to take note of, just like the engine skid, there are two part numbers for this. I believe that the other part number is for TJ's with high clearance lower control arms (LCA), but I'm not sure. So check before you order, you only need a straight edge.

Now, while this install was easy and straightforward…the instructions were not. These plates fit Dana 30 and 44 front axles on TJ's, XJ's, MJ's and ZJ's, so there was a lot of "IF/THEN/GOTO" statements in the instructions. I'm just going to outline what I did to get them on the XJ.

Passenger Lower Control Arm SkidThe kit comes with left and right plates, 2 U-bolts, 4 carriage bolts, two "Straps" along with the associated nuts and washers. The kit also came with a 1/4" thick washer, which the instructions said I did not need for my application (it's supposed to be used on '03 and up TJ's). I did the drivers side first, but it doesn't really matter which one you install first.

The first thing that had to be done was to remove the nuts at the LCA's. The bolts themselves should not have to be removed unless the threads are not facing the wheels (if the threads are facing inward, you'll have to reverse the bolt). Simply place the skid over the bolt and reinstall the nut. Do not tighten the nut at this point.

Driver Side Lower Control Arm SkidSlide the U-bolt over the axle on the side of the LCA closest to the wheel, rotate the skid onto it and secure it loosely with the flat washers and nuts. On the other side (inboard) install the carriage bolts through the plate and into the strap on the other (top) side of the axle. This time secure it with the lock washers and nuts. Now just tighten up everything making sure that:
A) There is approximately the same amount of thread showing at both ends of the u-bolts
B) That the skid plate lies flat/true on the axle…you'll have to rotate it around to get it to sit correctly.

Now just tighten up the LCA bolt to torque spec. That's it...rinse and repeat. When I took the pictures, I still had not cut the bolts' excess off.
XJ Lower Contral Arm Skids

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