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Unread 10-12-2007, 04:58 PM   #1
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Front Skid Plate

I was noticing my front skid plate is plastic?? Wondering if anyone has made one out of metal, something I can fab at home, not sure how I would cut/bend the metal though???

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Unread 10-12-2007, 05:45 PM   #2
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That's not a skid plate. It's a "brush plate." That's the factory default unless you get the skid package. You can buy the metal plate from a dealer, or JustForJeeps.com or JParts.com. And while you're at it, you can get the fuel tank and transfer case skid plates, too. For the T-Case plate, you *have* to the the fuel tank skid, as the T-Case skid mounts to the F-Tank skid.

If that's not enough protection, go for the FrontGuard HC from 4xGuard.com.
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Unread 10-12-2007, 06:26 PM   #3
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That 4xguard has nice stuff for the price,..I installed the rear HC skid for my WK,..forget about the front HC skid,..no longer in production or will it be according to 4xguard.
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Unread 10-12-2007, 06:27 PM   #4
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correct me if im wrong but can i assume that my truck is equipped with the skid plates seeing in that its an overland (2007)
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Unread 10-12-2007, 07:01 PM   #5
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the stock skids are fine for moderate off roading,...4xguard make HC (Hard Core) skids designed for more grulling off road abstacles,..the rear skid would be in addition to your stock providing protection to your rear bumper so it wont rip off when hitting tree roots or stiff rocks,..same goes with the front.
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Unread 10-12-2007, 08:19 PM   #6
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Quote:
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correct me if im wrong but can i assume that my truck is equipped with the skid plates seeing in that its an overland (2007)
Probably, but all it takes to make sure is looking underneath your Jeep.
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Unread 10-13-2007, 02:01 AM   #7
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Hi
This is cost cutting by Jeep a 2005 had a metal one as standard.
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Unread 10-13-2007, 04:40 PM   #8
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My stock front plastic brush plate got ripped off within the first couple thousand miles I had it. I replaced it with a 4xguard piece....this thing hasn;t moved or bent one bit...and it's only the front guard 1 which is aluminum.
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Unread 10-13-2007, 06:06 PM   #9
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Has anyone that has changed the plastic brush plate for a more substantive metal skid plate noticed an increase in engine/road noise? The plastic piece's design (with hollow plastic cells) looks like it was designed to insulate against noise. I was just wondering....
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Unread 10-13-2007, 07:14 PM   #10
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I switched my 'brush plate' out for the Mopar 'Front Suspension Skid Plate' and I haven't noticed any difference. The real skid plate is pretty heavy, though. I don't think that plastic one has much to do with sound, either....
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Unread 10-15-2007, 07:04 AM   #11
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guess I'll have to swap out the parts for the 4xguard parts, seems like the way to go.
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Unread 10-15-2007, 08:17 AM   #12
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4xGuard is not a replacement for the Mopar skids. You'll *need* to get the factory skid plates, which you can install yourself. The 4xGuard skid plate(s) cover areas not covered by the factory skid plates.
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Unread 10-15-2007, 04:40 PM   #13
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that's good information - I didn't know that...
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Unread 10-15-2007, 05:04 PM   #14
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4xGuard is not a replacement for the Mopar skids. You'll *need* to get the factory skid plates, which you can install yourself. The 4xGuard skid plate(s) cover areas not covered by the factory skid plates.
Take 4xguard's belly skid: it covers the cats whilst the OEM plates don't. The 4xguard skidplates are plenty good for most situations, but for near complete peace of mind it is wise to do as T-rated suggests...get them OEM+4xguard components and rest easy.
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Unread 10-15-2007, 05:07 PM   #15
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I was going to order the front suspension & transfer case skids but I was reading that the fuel tank one is required to install the transfer case one? justforjeeps won't ship the fuel tank one - pickup only. Can I replace the other two and leave the plastic fuel tank "brush gaurd" for now?
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