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Unread 12-21-2009, 11:40 PM   #1
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Do I need new Skid Plates

Thinking about installing a new gas tank skid or front diff skid. How many of you have seen damage to either of these so bad to the point it stopped the jeep. I have some dings in my gas tank skid and scrapes on my diff covers but no real damage. Is it worth replacing or not, or is it just a matter of time before I smack the hell out of one or both of them, and then ponder this question.

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Unread 12-22-2009, 12:13 AM   #2
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I plan on replacing mine eventually. Its rare that I smash my gas tank hard but I have a couple times and I have some really good dents in it. I really would just like the peace of mind of a heavy duty skid since I only like to play in rocks and snow. I think the reason most people put a new t case/ tranny skid in is so that you don't hang up on crap and an engine skid is pretty obvious as to why to put one in.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 12:18 AM   #3
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Thinking about installing a new gas tank skid or front diff skid. How many of you have seen damage to either of these so bad to the point it stopped the jeep. I have some dings in my gas tank skid and scrapes on my diff covers but no real damage. Is it worth replacing or not, or is it just a matter of time before I smack the hell out of one or both of them, and then ponder this question.
I had a little accident when I was putting on my lift. The back end of the Jeep slid off the jack and landed on gas tank from a foot off the ground. The tank, miraculously was perfectly fine. I think it is totally up to you. Having your running gear protected is a comforting thought. But, you can prevent those run-into-something accidents by just driving cautiously.

I would say if you have nothing else that you really need on your Jeep, body and running gear protection is never a bad choice. (:
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Unread 12-22-2009, 01:26 AM   #4
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yea I also think it depends on what kind of wheeling you do. Like for me at some point it will be a must because of playing in rocks and sometimes its just plain un preventable. I have had rocks move out from underneath me and had tires slip off rocks and BAM down on that skid I go first couple times it scared the crap out of me. I was like what the heck was that
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Unread 12-22-2009, 10:23 AM   #5
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Unread 12-22-2009, 10:42 AM   #6
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Ive never seen a situation where it stopped a Jeep, but I have been in situations where it MAY have stopped me, had I not upgraded. I've miscalculated my approach a couple of times and smashed my diff cover right into rocks, but my diff cover has won so far. Dont know if the factory one would have done the same.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 10:54 AM   #7
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That's good to know. It seams whenever going over rocks I sometimes wait to hear the scraping or worse yet the jeep come to a hard stop. I think I would like to know if that (when) happens I have something to bite back at the rocks.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 11:01 AM   #8
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I have a rugged ridge front diff cover that I really like. It's well built, has drain holes, and was pretty inexpensive. Do NOT buy one from Rough Country. It covers the oil fill hole in the diff. You have to either cut a piece out of it, or remove the whole cover the check or fill the fluid.
I think a gas tank skid is a good idea. I have an extra factory skid that I'm modifying and welding on over the factory skid already on my jeep. Just the flat bottom part and about 3" up the front and back. I think it will work well
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Unread 12-22-2009, 11:08 AM   #9
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The D30 stock diff cover is pretty stout, lucky so far there. My main concern is the oil pan, trans pan (auto) and the exposed part of the exhust pipe. So far the oil pan is the only part to avoid damage and it's just a matter of time until something is bashed seriously. I always carry extra fluids and some mighty putty and jb weld in case I need to fix a hole.


There was a thread a few months ago about a kid just learning how to weld that added some outer ribs to his D30 cover. Good idea and I'll do that one day too.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 04:06 PM   #10
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Personally, the first additional skid I would install is the oil pan skid.

Dent the oil pan all to hell, pushing it up, is bad news.
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I have torn the exhaust off every Jeep I have EVER owned. Underside protection is a good idea!!!
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Unread 12-22-2009, 06:15 PM   #12
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I have never torn off my exhaust, and I am surprised that my air tank under my YJ has never been hit. But I know for sure my T/C skid has been hit many times, and my rear bumper have taken the most abuse in the rocks. Just looking to blow some money on x-mas presents from the wife.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 06:50 PM   #13
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I have never torn off my exhaust, and I am surprised that my air tank under my YJ has never been hit. But I know for sure my T/C skid has been hit many times, and my rear bumper have taken the most abuse in the rocks. Just looking to blow some money on x-mas presents from the wife.
It's pretty awesome that your wife buys you jeep parts for Xmas!
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