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post #1 of 17 Old 06-15-2012, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Rustys Offroad Fuel Tank Skid

I just got this skid plate in and am pretty much done installing it. It was about 10 million times harder than I thought, although installing a 60+ lbs skid plate by myself wasn't exactly bright. But I got through it, had to take my exhaust off the hanger, but now that I have the plate on, I have 0 room to put my exhaust back. It's hitting the plate and track bar simultaneously. Anyone else run this skid plate that could share some insight? It came with no instructions, and the pic on their website doesn't even show an exhaust installed on their zj! I emailed there website and am still awaiting a reply.

It's not the end of the world if I have to get some exhaust work done, but it would have been nice to know before hand as I probably would've went a different route.


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Shoot them a phone call. I did there air intake and had a issue with it fitting. I called them. They were no help. First and last rustys product I will buy. But seriously, give them a call. They answered right away.
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Shoot them a phone call. I did there air intake and had a issue with it fitting. I called them. They were no help. First and last rustys product I will buy. But seriously, give them a call. They answered right away.
I've been hearing that more and more, about Rusty's being a poor product and poor customer support. Who would've thought the sponsor of the Xtreme 4x4 would be this way

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could you take some pictures of whats hitting?

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could you take some pictures of whats hitting?
I have pics on my phone but no means to upload them at the moment, but maybe I can describe it well enough. Where the tailpipe bends up and over the track bar and then back down to snake around the tank, that corner where the heat shield is is where the exhaust is hitting, preventing it from being able to reach the hangar mount. At this position its also being held against the track bar.

I think I'm just gonna cut the corner down to clear, as that's what Google images is telling me others have done

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are you sure you cant rotate the exhaust at the muffler where it clamps to the mufler or in front of the muffler.? idk how to explain it.. basically the exhaust is your x axis, try rotating it around the x axis. this was a problem with my exhaust HITTING my track bar once, i loosed the exhaust clamp and grabbed the muffler with firm hands(you can jack up one side of the muffler to help twist it from rust depending how old your exhaust is, and make it more flat or go beyond flat in the other direciton. just an idea you could try.

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nvm, after looking at the product on the site, i can see that corner is very big..

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rustys will help you best they can on phone pretty curtious guys.
However alot of the problems are there fault--- LOL
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nvm, after looking at the product on the site, i can see that corner is very big..
I tried that to just get the skid up there in the first place, not there's no dodging that monster

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That's the aftermarket stuff
After market is not always the same fitting as factory
I can't even get my tail pipe section on with my claytons rear long arm set up the shock and truss is in the way

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That's the aftermarket stuff
After market is not always the same fitting as factory
I can't even get my tail pipe section on with my claytons rear long arm set up the shock and truss is in the way
Yea but generally they'll give you a heads up that no exhaust pipe what-so-ever will fit after you install their product. Especially when they advertise 100% bolt on. I'm not stressing about making it work, but don't like wasting hours out of my day figuring out that it was all for nothing because a product doesn't fit the application it was advertised to.

Don't get me wrong, it's a well made and beefy skid, but I don't appreciate the omission

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Why not just stick with the factory skid plate? Been running mine for years.
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Why not just stick with the factory skid plate? Been running mine for years.
I didn't have one and haven't had much luck at the yards. Starting to wish I had just bought one on eBay though.

However, with this thing I can be absolutely fearless about what's going on back there... Zombies beware

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