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Unread 02-28-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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Skid Plates/Body Armor?

For a YJ with 0-2.5" Lift and 30-32" tires , what's the recommended order of installing skid plates/body armor? Meaning, if you were going to buy a piece of armor every 3 months, what would you buy first and last (or not buy at all)? This would be for a general purpose on/off road Jeep.

Some of this protection is very expensive, and I want to get the most bang for the buck. Also wouldn't want to add a lot of unnecessary weight.

I assembled this list from the Quadratec site:

Gas Tank (improved)
Oil Pan
Front Diff Cover (solid)
Rear Diff Cover (solid)
Front Diff Guard
Rear Diff Guard
Trans/TC (improved) or Tummy Tuck?
Steering Box
U-Bolt Skid Plates
Rocker Guards

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Unread 02-28-2013, 03:22 PM   #2
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Got a pic of where you wheel?
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Unread 02-28-2013, 04:01 PM   #3
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For a YJ with 0-2.5" Lift and 30-32" tires , what's the recommended order of installing skid plates/body armor? Meaning, if you were going to buy a piece of armor every 3 months, what would you buy first and last (or not buy at all)? This would be for a general purpose on/off road Jeep.

Some of this protection is very expensive, and I want to get the most bang for the buck. Also wouldn't want to add a lot of unnecessary weight.

I assembled this list from the Quadratec site:

Gas Tank (improved)
Oil Pan
Front Diff Cover (solid)
Rear Diff Cover (solid)
Front Diff Guard
Rear Diff Guard
Trans/TC (improved) or Tummy Tuck?
Steering Box
U-Bolt Skid Plates
Rocker Guards
I started with rock sliders, thicker skid plate and rear corner armor. I also recommend the oil pan skid. Everything else is useful too as I have most of what's on the list but u the ones I mentioned are more urgent IMO. By the way, if ur interested, I'm selling a brand new 1/4" thick tranny/TC skidplate. It's only 2" drop so it gives u an extra 1-1.5" of clearance over stock. I have the same one installed on my jeep, this one was ordered by accident so I'm just trying to get my money back. $120 (local pickup or shipping).

The skid plate is a builder's item. Which means that I have to build ur own transmission mounting area onto it. Easy if u can weld. I can do it for u for an extra $20. Let me know if ur Interested



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Ediit: i forgot about the diff guards. The front on definitely first. This one takes a lotta hits.
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Unread 02-28-2013, 04:31 PM   #4
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Gas Tank (improved)
Oil Pan
Front Diff Cover (solid)
Rear Diff Cover (solid)
Front Diff Guard
Rear Diff Guard
Trans/TC (improved) or Tummy Tuck?
Steering Box
U-Bolt Skid Plates
Rocker Guards
In that order...not necessarily.
Don't need both a diff cover AND a guard.
Steering box is really hard to hit.

Corners, flairs and roll cage and BUMPERS.

I would go
Diff covers
roll cage
Bumpers
Gas tank
Rockers
...


Full disclosure...My Jeep has armor plate. I like the A-50 armor best, it is tough. 3/8 steel works but is heavy. Aluminum is real expensive.

Look at what would PREVENT you from going home, and most vulnerable.
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Unread 02-28-2013, 04:42 PM   #5
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Wranglers have some, notice I said "some" before everyone flames me, protection from the factory. With that said, my first purchase is always rock slides to protect the body. I don't wheel very wild, so I've never torn up anything underneath.
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Unread 02-28-2013, 04:45 PM   #6
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For me bumpers were first followed shortly by differential covers/ guards. Not stacking them but I have a guard up front and a solid cover in the rear. I look at the first things you're going to hit with your jeep before you have a chance to back out and try again. However I fully agree with jeepster on covering the vitals.

I have a big heavy vest with level III soft armor and a 7.62 protection plate on the front, back and each sides. I also have this nice ach helmet that makes me feel good about being hit with an IED but I know its more protection from debris and the concussion and wouldn't stop a bullet. You don't see soldiers runnin around with boxing gloves because they might hurt their hands, do you? Nope. They wanna make it home. I think you should do the same.

However I don't know from what you need protecting. Show us where you wheel and what types of obstacles you encounter.
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For a YJ with 0-2.5" Lift and 30-32" tires , what's the recommended order of installing skid plates/body armor? Meaning, if you were going to buy a piece of armor every 3 months, what would you buy first and last (or not buy at all)? This would be for a general purpose on/off road Jeep.

Some of this protection is very expensive, and I want to get the most bang for the buck. Also wouldn't want to add a lot of unnecessary weight.

I assembled this list from the Quadratec site:

Gas Tank (improved) Hit it alot , third
Oil Pan Make your own.. I like knowing its protected and I'm not going to dump my oil on the trail and damage my engine...http://www.4x4trax.net/OilPanSkid.htm when you get time
Front Diff Cover (solid) First
Rear Diff Cover (solid) First
Front Diff Guard
Rear Diff Guard These not so much if you have good covers
Trans/TC (improved) or Tummy Tuck? Bonus if you have $$$ or scrape your belly alot
Steering Box Sure why not, inexpensive
U-Bolt Skid Plates Ubolt flip kits
Rocker Guards Second
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Unread 02-28-2013, 07:00 PM   #8
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Got a pic of where you wheel?
Thanks for all the good feedback.

Here's one close park:
http://hiddenfallsadventurepark.com/

Really want to make a generally strong rig - "jack of all trades, master of none" so to speak. I'll be on roads 95% of the time, but want to have some fun too. If I want a rock crawler with 35's, I'll buy a better starting point, 4.0 liter, maybe a Rubicon (if I can say that in this forum!)
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Bumpers, rocker guards and some differential protection would be my first purchases based on the pictures.
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My goodness, that place looks cool!
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Unread 02-28-2013, 07:39 PM   #11
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A follow up question on the rock sliders. I currently have some Aries nerf bars. I actually like the way they look, but I keep them mostly for the shorter, young attractive women that ride with me ;-).

Should I:

1) Remove them permanently
2) Keep them - better than no protection when wheeling
3) Remove them just for wheeling
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Unread 02-28-2013, 08:28 PM   #12
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Nerf bars?



We are prolly the wrong bunch to discuss nerf bars with.
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I've seen Nerf bars cause more damage to the bottom of a tub than if there wasn't any to begin with.
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Unread 02-28-2013, 08:51 PM   #14
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A follow up question on the rock sliders. I currently have some Aries nerf bars. I actually like the way they look, but I keep them mostly for the shorter, young attractive women that ride with me ;-).

Should I:

1) Remove them permanently
2) Keep them - better than no protection when wheeling
3) Remove them just for wheeling
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my guess is u will decide yourself when u tag them on a rock and bend them up into your body, and crunch your nice new rocksliders....

get rid of them..... but thats just me... you said you had no lift so really its like getting into a civic kinda sorta no!!??
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