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Unread 05-16-2009, 11:27 AM   #1
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Savvy Aluminum Skid Before / After Kilby *Pics*

We were lucky enough to be selected to be a beta tester for the new Savvy Off Road Aluminum Gas Tank Skid. The install went very smooth for us, but we had experience with the Kilby skid install from a couple of years ago. If you take your time and start with an empty tank, it's a cake walk.

Here's the Savvy skid prior to install:



The weight of the Kilby skid:



The weight of the Savvy skid (30 lbs. less!!!):



The distance from the rear of the Kilby to the rear of the cross-member. Sorry about the pic being dark, it's about 2.5":



The distance from the rear of the Savvy to the rear of the cross-member. It's about 2". We were able to move the tank back 1/2"! Please also note how much more of the cross-member is covered by the mounting flange of the Savvy:



Here's the distance from the Jeep floor to the bottom of the Kilby skid, about 14-1/4":



Here's the distance from the Jeep floor to the bottom of the Savvy skid, about 13-3/4". That's 1/2" higher (not counting dimple)!



Distance from the ground to the bottom of the Kilby skid, about 21-1/4" (sorry about the bad angle):



Distance from the ground to the bottom of the Savvy skid, about 21-3/4"! Hmmm, there's that 1/2" again...



If you ever wondered what the stock tank does to the Kilby flat (no dimple) skid, after a few years, here you go...



We gained clearance on the passenger side where our "custom" exhaust for the tri-link passes the Savvy skid. The exhaust used to hit the Kilby but does not even come close to the Savvy!!! We're real happy about that.

Next will be the "useage test"...

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robncar how did you score to be selected?Very nice.

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I like the way it looks, and the side drain holes are a bonus also. I wonder how it would survive the rust belt?
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Unread 05-16-2009, 12:01 PM   #4
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robncar how did your score to be selected?Very nice.
Clean living, I guess?

They probably needed a late model that already had an aftermarket skid but that's just a guess. The invitation came from mrblaine one day, out of the blue.
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He forgot to send that PM to me...
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Looks good. Looks like a really good product.
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Please also note how much more of the cross-member is covered by the mounting flange of the Savvy:

you should also note,

that you do not have the Kilby slid all the way to the rear.
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30 lbs less is a big difference. That was one of my biggest ?s I needed answered about this skid. I knew it would be light, but to say you cut the weight of you skid in half is a pretty big deal. Kudos for Savvy.
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Clean living, I guess?

They probably needed a late model that already had an aftermarket skid but that's just a guess. The invitation came from mrblaine one day, out of the blue.
The presence or lack of an aftermarket skid had nothing to do with it.

Gerald and I made a list of requirements that we would like potential testers to have and then selected accordingly.

Those requirements included, but were not limited to folks we felt were objective, active on the forums, respected, semi-coherent and able to articulate well thought out responses, and reasonably mature.

They also had to be in certain locations for various reasons including proximity to us for fit and finish issues that may arise and varied terrain.

The size of the rig had some affect as well. We actually have a tester with a near stock rig, but who really wheels a lot. He is one who will benefit the most from some lightweight armor that won't weigh down his stocker, plus he'll beat the snot out of our skid which is good.
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is that Al skid only 1/16" thick? is that supposed to support the weight of the jeep? Seems pretty weak to me.
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is that Al skid only 1/16" thick? is that supposed to support the weight of the jeep? Seems pretty weak to me.
I think you have misread the tape measure somewhat. Even if I didn't know exactly how thick it was, I could look at the tape measure in Rob's pics and tell it's 3/16".
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is that Al skid only 1/16" thick? is that supposed to support the weight of the jeep? Seems pretty weak to me.
Here, the left side of the tape is nicely aligned and pretty easy to read.

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is that Al skid only 1/16" thick? is that supposed to support the weight of the jeep? Seems pretty weak to me.
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Oh it's definitely on my list. What other things is Savvy working on? I heard flat fenders?

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