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Unread 06-01-2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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I am looking at getting an Oil Pan skid plate, before i start to do any wheeling in this YJ. Its a 2.5L

So far i have only see two options on Quadratech. If anyone has experiences with them please let me know what you think.

Is it worth it to spring for the more expensive one? The one that bolts on, and not just "glues" on.

Here are my choices.
Skid Row Offroad JP-1000 - Skid Row Offroad Engine & Transmission Skid Plate for 87-95 Jeep® Wrangler YJ with 2.5L - Quadratec

Rock-It Parts 560-251 - Rock-It Oil Pan Glider for 2.5L Engine for 84-02 Jeep® Wrangler YJ, TJ & Cherokee XJ - Quadratec

Also if there is another site that sells different ones i would like to know.
If you ever google Jeep anything the first thing that comes up is JF, and quadratech.

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Unread 06-01-2010, 03:29 PM   #2
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Under cover fab (who is a vendor on here) also sells skids for the 2.5

In steel

Under Cover Fabworks, LLC - '87-'95 YJ Carbon Steel Engine Skid Plate (2.5l)

In aluminum

Under Cover Fabworks, LLC - '87-'95 YJ Aluminum Engine Skid Plate (2.5l)

I'm not a fan of the rock it one you glue on with rtv, and the UCF steel one is cheaper than the Skid Row
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Unread 06-01-2010, 03:33 PM   #3
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Very nice. Have you used either of these? Besides being 100 bones more and weighing half what the steel does, what is the difference between the steel and aluminum? Would the latter be stronger?
Sorry if that seems like a dumb question, i am a noob when it comes to metal work.
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Unread 06-01-2010, 04:03 PM   #4
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I have not used either, but a guy on here used one on his TJ, the steel one, and it worked great. They are both the same thickness and strength. I believe a while back the owner was saying that steel would be stronger, but when it does fail it will be catastrophic. The aluminum will break at a lower stress level, but it will bend and not be catastrophic. I couldn't find the thread or section I found that info in, so I'm not 100% correct on that. But yes for the most part, the only difference in the two is weight and price. They will both be very strong.

If I were to buy one I would get the steel one for $200 and a no body lift required steel transfer case skid for $230
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Unread 06-01-2010, 04:18 PM   #5
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Ok, I will be in the business of beefing this up. But i am on a pretty low budget for jeep parts ATM. So it is going to be slow. I am thinking of selling my PS3 to buy this oil pan armor.
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Unread 06-01-2010, 04:51 PM   #6
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Yes because ps3's are worthless lol.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 12:42 AM   #7
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haha i like mine very much, but i have been finding myself in the garage more often than pwning noobs in mw2 lately.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 06:14 AM   #8
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I say use the PS3 as armor till it breaks then buy steel. LOL
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Unread 06-02-2010, 06:46 AM   #9
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HI,
I have the Skid Row plate on my '89 258 YJ. It's a nice piece and I am happy. It's kind of a ***** to mount though.

Don't kid yourself. Aluminum is the wrong material to make a skid plate out of. Steel is the only way to go. The only down side is weight.

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Unread 06-02-2010, 07:29 AM   #10
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Hmm, i do some crazy crap in my heep and i have never once gotten into the oil pan. I always thought that was a problem the 4.0 gys had to worry about more than 2.5 guys. Thats the last thing that will ever get armor on my rig. I would have to try and mangle it.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 10:24 AM   #11
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Lol the PS3 has the strength of a foreman grill. Yeah i think it will be worth it tho.
My parents were driving their VW passat to Cali a week ago and they got a puncture on the highway and they had do dish out like 700 for a new oil pan... Sucks. and that was just a road, i dont want to think about off road..
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Unread 06-02-2010, 03:03 PM   #12
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Just sold the PS3 for 240 bones. I got it for 250

But i am thinking of buying my first welder with most of it.. 125 for a Lincoln "Buzz Box"..
Then what i have left over will go towards oil pan armor.

Any CPAs here? Finance my plan for me! ;p
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Unread 06-02-2010, 03:18 PM   #13
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Put an aussie locker up front, forget the welder, and save the oil pan armor for later?
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Unread 06-02-2010, 04:32 PM   #14
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Hi,

I'm new to the JeepForum but I have been wheeling for about 8 years with my 95 4cyl Wrangler. I have been running a Skid Row engine skid for about 7 of those 8 years. In my opinion an engine skid is the best thing you can put on your Jeep. The biggest lift, lockers and gears, and huge tires won't do any good if all the oil in your engine is spilled on the rock you decided to crawl over. I have bashed my skid plate on a ton of rocks over those 7 years and it shows the scars but that is what it was put there for. I would rather spend the 2 or 300 for the skid plate than to spend the cash on a new oil pan after every wheeling trip. Skid Row has a website ( skidplates.com ) and they are good guys to deal with.

Hope my input helps!!

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Unread 06-02-2010, 07:34 PM   #15
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Yeah I'm really wanting this oil pan armor to be my real
First trail mod. I wouldnt know how to install a locker any way.

I am def getting one next check. Thanks guys
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