How much clearance do ya lose with the skid installed?
To be perfectly honest I dont know the exact amount but just from using a high tech eyeball....Id say not enough for me to really worry about...pretty much the thickness of the skid which is 3/16 of an inch then maybe a total of 3/8 of an inch...just guessing though...for me its not enough to even care about.
I would go with kilby for the simple fact that you gain an inch of clearance and with a skid row you lose clearance. Its not that bad pulling your tank I done it last week to put on my tire carrier I made.
The only bad thing about the kilby is the need for a 1" body lift.. no biggie if you have one already... or plan on one regardless.. but if you didn't answer yes to one of those then the kilby won't work (actuallY I read that the Unlimited doesn't require a body lift and i'm now too lazy to see if that's what you're driving in the first place)
I'd love something like the kilby that's a complete replacement skid so I don't lose any clearance.. but it doesn't require something else I may not have or want such as the body lift.
I'm very tempted to go for the kilby myself and see what I can do about horseshoeing it in there without the body lift... muahahah
Now: 97 XJ - Stock - Mods if I ever have money
4th: 97 TJ - Sold (wife's)
3rd: 04 TJ - Sold (much regret)
2nd: 01 XJ - Sold
1st: 89 XJ - Sold
The only bad thing about the kilby is the need for a 1" body lift..
According to their advertisement info on Swissmountain.com they don't require a body lift for 97-02 but I guess 03's + do. Score for us older models!
"Kilby Enterprises - Gas Tank Skid - TJ 97-03 Wrangler / TJ
The Wrangler/TJ skid has been moved to the passenger side by 3/4" to allow for more shock clearance on the driver side and it raises the tank up another 1" for increased clearance over stock setups and even more vs other skids that go over the stock shield. The front has a new design allowing 3/4" more differential clearance over the previous design. More material has been removed from the front of the skid to give the track bar more room to cycle. This skid will fit 1997-2002 TJ's without a body lift with slight modification to the tank straps. 2003 Wranglers will require a 1" body lift due to the new changes. "
I just ordered the Skid Row from their web site becuase they have a different model for the Unlimited (which I haven't seen in the on-line stores).
I'm sure I'll be happy with the plate. Right now I have a 2 inch spacer lift and the 3/16 inch drop doesn't bother me. Messing with the gas tank does bother me. I put a small hole in my 94 tank from a tweak in the stock skid plate, and that cost me $350 for a rubber patch to be put on it (non-dealer). The Dealer said it would cost about $1000 for a new tank and labor, and you can't but an after market replacement tank! Skid Row for me!
I've been real happy with my Tomken gas tank skidplate for the past 9 years. It's held up to some pretty major impacts on rocks, some so hard it was kinda scary. Tomken's was the first really good skidplate that came out for the then-new TJ.
Dropping the tank isn't really a hard job - and it's a chance to clean some of the crap youve probably accumulated there
I currently have the Kilby & have nothing but high paise for it & it's been abused pretty hard.