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post #1 of 26 Old 08-11-2007, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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rubber mud guard under engine?

Anyone know where to find a new one of these? It is held up by the plastic trees. I just bought a jeep yesterday and I noticed its falling down onto front end components. Thanks

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Im just gonna tear mine off. Its barely on, and from what ive read, people do fine without it.

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your referring to the engine skid plate right?

if so the best place to find one is craigslist, the JY, or the stealership which will cost you the most.

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those things just fall off. not much need for it. and it is not a skid plate

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im pretty sure thats what jeep classified it as, granted it doesnt protect you from rocks very well but it will get rid of some of the mud.

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Well, it might just have to come off then. I noticed that I have a crossmember that covers the tranny. Is this stock on a cherokee sport? Are there any other skids that I should be putting on a stock rig?

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i believe you're talking about the splash guard (not skid plate...). all it does is, obviously, keep some water and mud from splashing up into your engine bay. i removed mine and haven't had any problems though. gives me more room to work down there, as well.

as far as other skids go, a lot of people put a gas tank skid and a transfercase skid on...

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Well, it might just have to come off then. I noticed that I have a crossmember that covers the tranny. Is this stock on a cherokee sport? Are there any other skids that I should be putting on a stock rig?
since you have the splash guard you probably have the TC skid plate aswell, this will go from the center of the crossmember to the "frame" on the XJ. that is an added option for the XJ.

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Anyone know where to find a new one of these? It is held up by the plastic trees.
The rubberized mud shield can be removed, and not replaced. It is supposed to help keep mud and water of the alternator and starter. If you seldom go off road there is no harm to not having one. If you think you need a new one, the dealership is the only place that may have one. The Jeep part number is 55174736. Try www.allchryslerparts.com also. You can find used ones at the junkyard of course.

There is a factory cross member under the transmission/transfer case combination.

Steel skid plates were optional and came as a set of three, engine, transfer case, and gas tank. A previous owner may have added one or more of these as they could be purchased at the dealership or from aftermarket suppliers.

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I bought a replacement piece of neoprene from McMaster-Carr and cut it to fit.

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since you have the splash guard you probably have the TC skid plate aswell, this will go from the center of the crossmember to the "frame" on the XJ. that is an added option for the XJ.

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That's not true. I believe that every XJ originally had the rubber splash guard. But not every XJ had the TC skid.

Kyle, you may be thinking of the front metal skid plate.

If you want a replacement rubber splash guard, you can get one at http://www.jeepsareus.com/Merchant2/..._Code=CHEROKEE
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I just removed my splash guard the other day (rubbery flat thing under engine compartment connected to the frame via plastic "tree pins") because a few of the corners were disconnected from their clips and it was sagging. I did notice that the alternater was down there so I hope I didn't make a mistake!

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Holy crap that neoprene is expensive! Wish the hell i hadnt thrown mine away now

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I've been running without the splash shield for 5 years now. Hasn't caused any problems thus far.

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Mine's been off for about 2 months, no problems so far, I actually think it might run a little cooler. If you have the old one but its just in bad shape you could always use it as a template and make your own out of some vynil or something.

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