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Rusty's Off-Road Products Rusty's Radiator Skid-TJ

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Product Information

MSRP: $60.00
Average Price: $57.50
Manufacturer: Rusty's Off-Road Products
Yes: 9 / No: 1

"After putting the lift and all of our skids on our TJ, we thought there was no way for any under carriage damage. Well we were wrong, crossing a sage field with small trees in it we noticed the water temp gauge going up. After stopping to check it out we found a tree limb stuck in the bottom of the plastic radiator. To fix that from ever happening again we designed the radiator skid. The Rusty’s Radiator Skid Plate is completely bolt-on, built of 1/8” steel and powder coated black for a great look. Get Rusty’s radiator skid to prevent something similar ruining your off road trip."


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win2170fan's Reviews

06-17-2011, 01:45 AM
Price: $60.00
Pros: Easy installation Full Coverage
Cons: Close to Pitmand Arm
Recommended? No

Comments: Excellent Radiator Skid plate. Well designed for maximum coverage of lower radiator tank. Bolts have a tab that allows insertion into a blind hole in frame rails. No instructions were provided, but this is a simple installation. Much easier to install than expected. Well engineered and thought out product.

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vbohannon64's Reviews
03-06-2011, 09:08 AM
Price: $60.00
Pros: Good fit. More protection than skid row for the same price.
Cons: None yet
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Good fit. Seems to be holding up well the past 3 months. Saved me when I slid onto a tree. Cheap insurance to give you confidence on the trail.


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SeaSick's Reviews
05-16-2009, 02:22 AM
Rustys Radiator Skid
Price: $50.00
Pros: Cheap skid that covers an overlooked necessity to the motor, good design.
Cons: Aligning the skid with the 2 bolts in the frame is a little tedious. Paint chipped off while install.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Very happy with the skid, wasn't sure which one I wanted to buy at first, Rustys or Skid Rows. But Rustys provides so much more coverage area then to its rival Skid Row`s version. Hardest part of the install was aligning the skid with the two bolts that go into frame, along with my the steering brace right there. But once it was in, it was mounted very solid. Comes close to the drop pit arm, but does clear it with no issues. Definitely a great addition to the list of skids that can be done. Every offroader should not overlook this especially when its 50 clams.

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BENGRFF's Reviews

08-01-2008, 09:23 PM
Rusty's Off-Road Products Rusty's Radiator Skid-TJ
Price: $50.00
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Decent product, cheap insurance. Feel better knowing that something is protecting my radiator.


Have Jeep, Will Travel
Ichabod1960's Reviews

07-04-2008, 12:58 AM
Rusty's Off-Road Products Rusty's Radiator Skid-TJ
Price: $60.00
Pros: No Drill, Easy Installation.
Cons: None
Recommended? Yes

Comments: This skid has the most coverage of any of the currently available radiator skids. Easy installation, no drilling necessary. Don't waste your time with the other radiator skids, this is the one to get.


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Michael_K's Reviews

11-10-2007, 12:37 AM
Rusty's Off-Road Products Rusty's Radiator Skid-TJ
Pros: Cheap insurance and large coverage that is isolated away from the radiator.
Cons: side mounting bolts can come loose with time.
Recommended? Yes


I like it and it is pretty beefy and covers a lot of areas compared to others on the market.

Here is the write up for the simple installation.


Michael K.


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commodore_dude's Reviews

07-26-2007, 06:42 PM
Rusty's Off-Road Products Rusty's Radiator Skid-TJ
Price: $60.00
Pros: Better coverage than other radiator skids
Cons: Bit of a pain to install
Recommended? Yes

Comments: For some reason mine looks different than the picture and apparently than everyone else has (No Rusty's name burned through it) but appears to have about the same amount of coverage. Almost lost one of the bolts into the frame which would have been bad, you have to be careful with that during installation. Also took a bit of working to get it to install over the steering hardware (didn't have to turn the wheel left or right like the first reviewer mentioned though) but I can see air between the hardware and the skid so hopefully it'll be good.

Fast shipping, ordered on Saturday, received on Tuesday!

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SpitNine's Reviews

01-24-2007, 10:52 AM
Rusty's Off-Road Products Rusty's Radiator Skid-TJ
Pros: Most protection compared to other radiator skids
Cons: Mine wouldn't fit until I enlarged the big center hole.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Rated "9" only for protection since I do have a concern that a small stick can get through the "Rusty's" name burned through the skid.
Ask me how I know what a single small stick can do to a radiator.
Since I had to modify the skid to fit my '03 Wrangler, I would rate the skid "good" overall.
In any case, it's cheap insurance.

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dennylou1's Reviews

01-20-2007, 09:32 AM
Rusty's Off-Road Products Rusty's Radiator Skid-TJ
Price: $60.00
Pros: Godd coverage, easy install
Recommended? Yes

Comments: Certainly not a first priority type skid, but for the price, it is cheap insurance. Very easy install, well made.


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grogie's Reviews

12-29-2006, 01:03 PM
Rusty's Off-Road Products Rusty's Radiator Skid-TJ
Price: $60.00
Pros: Protects the bottom, as well as something from coming up and hitting the front.
Cons: Steering is a bit tight when installed, but fits perfectly.
Recommended? Yes

Comments: After having to replace the radiator on my less then a year old '06 TJ (oops!)... I ordered Rusty's Radiator Skid. This skid is well built, and it not only protects the bottom of the radiator, but also something from coming up from below and hitting the front of the radiator. During the install, I was amazed at how exposed the radiator was!

The install was fairly easy. It took about twenty minutes once I figured out that I had to turn the steering wheel all the way to the left, then to the right, to get the skid to fit in place (the steering was in the way if the wheel is straight).

The picture below is with the wheels straight. The steering is super close to the skid, but the skid does clear everything and it fits perfectly.

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