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Unread 02-12-2012, 05:21 PM   #91
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Looks great bud! It will be nice having the extra armor down there now. Are you planning on the belly skid next?
Thanks!

As a matter of fact - I just ordered the belly skid the other day. Hoping it comes in soon because the end of this month I'm planning to get out on a good day of wheelin with some other Jeepers. Everytime I've gone out I've had a voice in the back of my head saying - "you'll be sorry you don't have skids." Luckily my trail damage has been body.

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Unread 02-12-2012, 11:09 PM   #92
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Appreciate it, thanks! I try and keep the thing clean inside and out just 'cause that's how I am - can't stand a dirty/cluttered rig. I love how it looks after a good day of wheelin but I can't help but think it's gonna rust and rot away underneath if I don't give it a good power wash after all the fun. Plus, the cleaner the rig is underneath and in the engine bay the cleaner I am after wrenching on it.
no i agree, i used to wash it every weekend now every other weekend but the interior is constantly spotless haha
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Unread 02-12-2012, 11:42 PM   #93
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no i agree, i used to wash it every weekend now every other weekend but the interior is constantly spotless haha
That sounds familiar. Although I have sort of resorted to simply keeping it rinsed. We have a car wash right by the house with manual bays so I power wash it every so often to keep all the road grime/salt/mud/dirt/etc. off all the suspension and undercarriage. Once the summer hits it's not as big a deal since it's more dry weather. From time to time I give it a good spit shine inside/out including the engine bay.
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Unread 02-13-2012, 12:05 AM   #94
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That sounds familiar. Although I have sort of resorted to simply keeping it rinsed. We have a car wash right by the house with manual bays so I power wash it every so often to keep all the road grime/salt/mud/dirt/etc. off all the suspension and undercarriage. Once the summer hits it's not as big a deal since it's more dry weather. From time to time I give it a good spit shine inside/out including the engine bay.
yep, we're in the same boat
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Unread 02-16-2012, 10:58 AM   #95
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According to the brown box truck tracking - my 4xGuard belly skid is due for delivery today. Of course, on par with about 80% of anything I order, I'm on duty today. Once I get it in hand I'll mount that sucker up and get some pics and details of the install. So far as I've seen on other build threads and posts I'm anticipating a relatively easy job. Keepin my fingers crossed .
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Unread 02-16-2012, 12:15 PM   #96
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so what skids are you rocking mike? OEM tcase/fuel/front?
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Unread 02-16-2012, 12:31 PM   #97
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As it stands:
Mopar front suspension skid (which they oughtta call oilpan/front diff)
Mopar transfer case skid
S4xC t-case skid adapter.
Soon to install the 4xGuard belly skid

I decided to forego the fuel tank skid and go with the S4xC adapter for a few reasons: the fuel tank on my rig has (albeit relatively minimal protection) somewhat of a protective plate from the factory; the OEM fuel tank skid is heavy, expensive (priced out from dealer parts dept at $220 not including taxes) , and you have to drop the entire fuel cell in order to install it (major PITA from what I can tell). The adapter plate weighs about 8 lbs, costs about 80 bucks less , and is a bolt on install using two existing factory bolts.

I'd like to get the 4xG front skid and some rock rails eventually, then maybe finish off with 4xG rear guard - that would pretty much wrap up the underside in armor. For now I wanted to protect most of the essentials.
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Unread 02-16-2012, 12:50 PM   #98
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you know when you put it that way aboutthe fuel tank skid- youre right. besides from what ive noticed and from what my jeep guy tells me these fuel tanks can take a bit of a bump or two- plus they already have some type of shield on them already. but youre right they are heavy as **** and expensive. the dealer wants $235 and JFJ.com wants $200 or so and they wont ship it because its too heavy and bulky.

on a side note, they dont make authorities in a 285- kind of pissed LOL. thats my only hang up on my build, tires.
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Unread 02-16-2012, 12:51 PM   #99
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Just be careful when you go wheeling without the gas tank skid. If you put the weight of the Jeep on the tank you will loose some fuel capacity! The tank was not made to be a skid which is why there is an actual Mopar skid that is sold. What you have now will not take abuse. Only gentle scraping. Just a heads up
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Unread 02-16-2012, 01:07 PM   #100
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you know when you put it that way aboutthe fuel tank skid- youre right. besides from what ive noticed and from what my jeep guy tells me these fuel tanks can take a bit of a bump or two- plus they already have some type of shield on them already. but youre right they are heavy as **** and expensive. the dealer wants $235 and JFJ.com wants $200 or so and they wont ship it because its too heavy and bulky.

on a side note, they dont make authorities in a 285- kind of pissed LOL. thats my only hang up on my build, tires.
^^^ So many choices it can make your head spin!



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Just be careful when you go wheeling without the gas tank skid. If you put the weight of the Jeep on the tank you will loose some fuel capacity! The tank was not made to be a skid which is why there is an actual Mopar skid that is sold. What you have now will not take abuse. Just a heads up
^^^ lol. Interesting way to put it, Nate. I know. It's a calculated risk. It's just that it's such a big area to cover. I imagine anything that looks like a punture hazard will not be traversed by my WK, so hopefully anything else would be clearable or just buckle it some. IDK - even a buckle could potentially create a pinch/crack or pinhole at the buckle point. Like I said, it's a calculated risk for sure and you're right to recommend caution............

Hey, why'd you have to go and bring that up? Now I'm starting to second guess my decision........
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Just be careful when you go wheeling without the gas tank skid. If you put the weight of the Jeep on the tank you will loose some fuel capacity! The tank was not made to be a skid which is why there is an actual Mopar skid that is sold. What you have now will not take abuse. Only gentle scraping. Just a heads up
Oh i know nate, ive only wheels the WK once so i havent had it in that predicament yet. i just know that if it can take a small bump or scrap thats all it would ever take cause i dont plan on wheeling her much and any obstacles large enough to hit my gas tank- ill be placing a tire on it before it passes anywhere near the underside of my jeep...

Nate there are so many damn choices these days for tires..
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Unread 02-16-2012, 01:27 PM   #102
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I don't think it will crack open on you, but if you come down on a rock it will get crushed and your fuel capacity will suffer. I have seen it a few times. Even with the skid I have a few dents! Not bad enough to damage the tank and loose capacity, so I am glad I have it. Like you said, it is a big area to cover and that also means it is a big area to worry about. I am hoping Asfir comes out with the fuel tank skid soon. It wont help the affordability of a skid, but the weight difference will be nice. I am not trying to convince you to buy the skid in any means! I just want you to know it isn't up to off road abuse. So depending on the type of wheeling you do, beware.
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Unread 02-16-2012, 02:06 PM   #103
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I wonder if putting Rhino Liner in the tank would help. It definately wouldn't cost as much as the skid and that stuff is way tougher than ant DIY kit that i know of. just a thought
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I wonder if putting Rhino Liner in the tank would help. It definately wouldn't cost as much as the skid and that stuff is way tougher than ant DIY kit that i know of. just a thought
I think it may help for scratches but if u come down hard on the tank it'll still dent, I've heard of guys looking a full gallon capacity because of a dent
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On the bright side it'd make your gas gauge a little more accurate. The reserve on these things is a little obnoxious in my opinion.
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