The hands of mrblaine tightening the stainless steel straps that secure the plastic gas tank to the new skid plate.
The above is one reason for the big gain in ground clearance that other aftermarket skid plates don’t offer. Notice how the gas tank is up against the tub floor with just enough clearance for the hoses and connections. It would be literally impossible to raise the tank any higher so with Savvy’s skid plate, you’re gaining the most possible ground clearance which so far as I can tell, is far more than the others give.
There were so many cool little touches I noticed that Savvy included in the design… these are a few I can remember but there are more that Blaine mentioned I can't recall right now.
Flanged gripper nuts that help spread the load while helping to keep them tight.
Grade 5 carriage bolts that won’t spin if you should ever need to replace a nut from trail damage means you won’t have to drop the skid plate to tighten or replace them.
Wider mounting surfaces to spread the load and better absorb those impacts from hitting big rocks on the trail.
Mounted as far rearward as possible to provide maximum clearance away from the track bar.
Inside corner strengthening brackets to absorb energy from impacts and provide extra beef where it’s needed.
A space/slot for clearance around a tow hitch receiver so you won't have to remove the hitch or bumper to install the skidplate.
All the details can be found on their website at http://shop.savvyoffroad.com/product...=1&productId=1
like what kind of aluminum (6061 T6) used, etc. which is over my head since I’m not really up on metals like mrblaine and Gerald are from Savvy.
How difficult to install? I’d say it’s a two-banana job with help from a friend being recommended. There’s no cutting or drilling needed, it’s a bolt-on job… you just have to drop the gas tank which is really no big deal. All in all, I’m digging it. The 39 lb. weight savings, no more rust, and the 1.5” of added ground clearance are great since I’m always dragging my TJ over the rocks. I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more cool aluminum products from Savvy and I’m looking forward to seeing whatever comes next!