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post #1 of 30 Old 09-17-2017, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a skid plate

Like the title says, I'm looking for a skid plate to replace the stock shovel. My Jeep is an 06' 4.0, 6 speed. It has a 1.25" BL and 1" MML, ZJ springs up front to level it and sitting on 31" MT's. I'm basically looking for something to tuck up a bit tighter since I don't plan on lifting anymore. At most I would do some 1" spring spacers but I want to stay on 31" tires.

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post #2 of 30 Old 09-17-2017, 10:16 PM
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Do you have an idea on how much you want to spend?...
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As mentioned above, your budget will have a big effect on your options here.
I would recommend the Savvy Underarmor, but you will need a SYE and CV rear driveshaft to go with it. Even with your low/no lift and MML raising your t-case that much will put your rear driveshaft at extreme angles. When you do that it will lead to a need for adjustable rear control arms. And then you will likely need an angled rear track bar bracket. And that may or may not cause a need for lower end rear shock brackets or coil bucket trimming...
It's a snowball effect and not a simple mod. In my opinion it's worth it, but you need to be aware how involved it is.


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post #4 of 30 Old 09-18-2017, 06:43 AM
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I have been looking at the TNTCustoms skid, but have not decided yet.
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post #5 of 30 Old 09-18-2017, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not opposed to doing an SYE, I've already picked up a good condition driveshaft from an Explorer to get cut when I go that route. Preferably I would like skid that I could use now as it sits, then go SYE if I do a 2" lift down the road. I don't do a lot of off road and I stay away from rocks, just need the extra clearance when I'm in ruts created by 33's and 35's.
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Any flat or close to flat belly skid is going to need a SYE and CV shaft and then adjustable arms to adjust the pinion angle. Adjusting the pinion angle may or may not lead to the requirement for a track bar bracket and something needing to be done about the shock mounts.
The increase in clearance is going to be particularly helpful at lower heights.


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check out undercover fabs, they have several different skid heights, from replacing stock to raising it ~3.5". they also offer their skids in aluminum


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Go with next venture motorsports...my ucf skid is disappointing to say the least
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I've had two friends install UCF skids and they both said it should stand for "U Can Fab" because nothing fit quite right...


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your diffs are going to hang up way before the skid.... I am a fan of the camel trophy series and they run tiny tires compared to the ruts.. And the diffs drag more than any skid plate..
I uderstand you want to get that mud scoop up some. I just dont see how it hangs down lower than your diffs..

Could get something like this to keep from allowing the skid to dig in. Way lesss work than a tummy tuck..




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I've had two friends install UCF skids and they both said it should stand for "U Can Fab" because nothing fit quite right...
I'll agree with this statement.
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I've had two friends install UCF skids and they both said it should stand for "U Can Fab" because nothing fit quite right...
I'll agree with this statement.
I also confirm, took me about an hour to slot 3 holes with a dremel tool about 1/2" each. Factory plate lined up fine UCF no so much.
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I've had two friends install UCF skids and they both said it should stand for "U Can Fab" because nothing fit quite right...
Never run their stuff myself, but did spend some time helping a friend make it work consistent with this.
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I also confirm, took me about an hour to slot 3 holes with a dremel tool about 1/2" each. Factory plate lined up fine UCF no so much.
IIRC, the way the holes lie, they basically shortened the factory skid, without accounting for the fact that the drivetrain actually pivots around the motor mounts instead of just lifting straight up.

I ended up drilling a new set of frame mount holes about 1.5" off from the original ones. I still don't like the way it sits. I'm eventually going to put in a tranny mount crossmember.
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I'm basically looking for something to tuck up a bit tighter since I don't plan on lifting anymore.
The Clayton belly skid is streamlined, lifts your transfer case 1.25" so you would not need a SYE

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