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Unread 02-09-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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UCF or Fabtech skid plate??? Any thoughts?

I need to replace my skid plate and want to upgrade. I've been researching a lot about UCF "no-lift required" skid plate. I was was pretty much sold on buying one until I was flipping through my pages of my Quadratec magazine today and found a Heavy Duty 1/4" Fabtech skid plate for $292. I was actually able to locate one on the net for $260 shipped.

Anybody have any thoughts or have tried this skid pate? It looks nice, 1/4" and comes powercoated black already.

hmmmmm.....what to get.....


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Unread 02-09-2011, 12:42 PM   #2
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FYI oddly enough I can't find a pic anywhere on the net. But here is a pic in the Quadratec catalog.

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Unread 02-09-2011, 01:06 PM   #3
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I'm interested in this also. i just bought a jeep and the skid plate is pretty jacked up. cant wait to see what the consensus is and the other options are.

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Unread 02-09-2011, 01:11 PM   #4
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Well I emailed Fabtech about it and they sent me the install pdf. Looks pretty straight forward, but in the instructions it states its for use with the 8" Fabtech crawler suspension. I find it hard to believe it's only for that when they sell it at Quadratec and state its for "Any off road YJ Wrangler"
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Unread 02-09-2011, 01:14 PM   #5
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Don't know how to link to the PDF, but here is the whole instructions word for word



TOOL LIST:
o Assorted Metric & Standard Wrenches
o Torque Wrench
o Floor Jack
o Jack Stands
WARNING
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY FROM START TO FINISH BEFORE BEGINNING
INSTALLATION.
CHECK ALL PARTS INCLUDED IN THIS KIT TO THE PARTS LIST ABOVE BEFORE BEGINNING
INSTALLATION OF THIS KIT. IF ANY PARTS ARE MISSING, CONTACT FABTECH AT 909-597-7800.
DO NOT ALTER THE FINISH OF THESE COMPONENTS, EXAMPLE- CHROMING, ZINC PLATING OR
PAINTING. CHANGING THE FINISH CAN CAUSE STRUCTURAL FATIGUE OF COMPONENTS.
THIS HIGH CLEARANCE PAN IS DESIGNED TO BE USED WITH FABTECH’S 8” CRAWLER FOR
JEEP YJ
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Disconnect the negative terminal on the
battery. Jack up the front end of the truck and
support the frame rails with jack stands.
NEVER WORK UNDER AN
UNSUPPORTED VEHICLE
2. Using a transmission jack or floor jack
carefully support the transmission and transfer
case. Remove the four transmission mount
nuts from the center of the pan and save.
Remove factory transmission crossmember
from the frame mounts and discard with the
hardware.
3. Locate FT50260 High Clearance Pan, and
attach it to the frame using the supplied ˝” x 1
˝” bolt, split and flat washers. Carefully lift
the T-case about 1” to install the new pan.
Reattach the factory transmission mount to the
new pan using the original hardware. Do not
tighten any of the hardware until all the bolts
are in the pan, and then tighten them evenly
from side to side. Remove the transmission
jack or straps previously supporting the
transmission. Torque the transmission mount
bolts to 20 ft. lbs. and all of the outer frame
bolts to 75 ft lbs.
4. Adjust the T-case linkage as needed.
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Unread 02-09-2011, 01:42 PM   #6
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Looks like you might need at least a 1" body lift if the tcase needs to go higher.


I got the ultra thin skid from UCF. They advertise it as needing a 2" body lift but I was able to get it on with just a 1" body lift. After that I was still getting a little rubbing form the tcase and the floor pan so I took off the transmisison mount and cut an inch out of the metal part and welded it back together. Perfect now.


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Unread 02-10-2011, 07:42 PM   #7
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Well I contacted Fabtech today and they said that their skid plate does in fact fit an unmodified YJ, not even requiring a body lift. So I pulled the trigger and bought one. I was able to find it for $243 shipped. Which is about $20 less than the UCF "no lift required " skid plate. Plus the Fabtech skid plate comes with the skid plate to frame bolts as well as already being powdercoated black. I'll post pics when I get it in hand.
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Unread 03-03-2011, 07:07 AM   #8
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Well I contacted Fabtech today and they said that their skid plate does in fact fit an unmodified YJ, not even requiring a body lift. So I pulled the trigger and bought one. I was able to find it for $243 shipped. Which is about $20 less than the UCF "no lift required " skid plate. Plus the Fabtech skid plate comes with the skid plate to frame bolts as well as already being powdercoated black. I'll post pics when I get it in hand.
How did the fabtech skid plate look and how was the install?
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Unread 03-03-2011, 07:54 AM   #9
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While I have not installed it yet, I ordered the UCF ultra high clearance (uhc) skid. Seeing jbolty's Jeep sold me on it. Of course I have a 2" BL and I ordered a 1" MML to be safe. Looking forward to a smooth belly!
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Unread 03-03-2011, 09:04 AM   #10
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I got the Fabtech plate in the mail on Monday. I am totally impressed with the construction of it. I wouldn't recommend it if you are trying to do a tummy tuck. I'll try and post pics today. I'll be installing it int he next 2-3 weeks
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Unread 03-27-2011, 03:00 PM   #11
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Well I contacted Fabtech today and they said that their skid plate does in fact fit an unmodified YJ, not even requiring a body lift. So I pulled the trigger and bought one. I was able to find it for $243 shipped. Which is about $20 less than the UCF "no lift required " skid plate. Plus the Fabtech skid plate comes with the skid plate to frame bolts as well as already being powdercoated black. I'll post pics when I get it in hand.
Where did you find it for that price? I've decided to go with the fabtech skid since I can't run a bellyup following my transmission swap, have no floorboard left already and not doing a body lift.
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Unread 03-27-2011, 03:25 PM   #12
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I ordered the UFC skid and just got it Fri. I can say one thing is a beefy looking sucker.
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Unread 03-27-2011, 03:26 PM   #13
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I have a 6inch bds lift and i need skid plates bad but I'm not about to put a BL only jeep so i take it the fabtec would be the best route to go?
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Unread 03-28-2011, 02:46 PM   #14
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It is a no lift required skid. It is by no means a tummy tuck plate. But I gotta say, it's beefy as hell and looks extremely well made.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 10:46 AM   #15
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Anyone have pics of their Fabtech plate installed?
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