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Unread 12-20-2006, 07:15 AM   #1
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skid row radiator skid plate

worth it? how was the install?

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Unread 12-20-2006, 08:02 AM   #2
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ya it could be worth it...just a few bolts
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Unread 12-20-2006, 10:44 AM   #3
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I think that radiator skids are needed. I'd go to Extreme Metal Products, usually on ebay. I've got their gas tank skid, steering skid and radiator skid, and they are really well built and cheaper than others.
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Unread 12-20-2006, 10:50 AM   #4
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i haven't put my EMP radiator skid on yet but it's a solid, impressive looking piece of steel.
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Unread 12-20-2006, 10:54 AM   #5
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I recently installed a Rusty's radiator skid after I had to replace the radiator on my '06 TJ.

The install was fairly easy. It took about twenty minutes once I figured out that I had to turn the steering wheel all the way to the left, then to the right, to get it to fit in place (the steering is in the way if the wheel is straight). It was about $70 with shipping.



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Unread 12-20-2006, 11:59 AM   #6
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the steering is in the way if the wheel is straight
I just installed this also but didn't have any issues with the wheel being straight It was a tight fit but I got it in just fine.
I looked at the SkidRow skid also but chose Rusty's simply because it offers more coverage.
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Unread 12-20-2006, 08:38 PM   #7
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good to know, i was looking into getting one of these too
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Unread 12-20-2006, 08:48 PM   #8
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I've seen a few pics of someone that took their old front bumper and made a radiator skid from it. Might be something to think about. Granted I havent checked out the prices of those skids, so it might not be worth the effort.
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Unread 12-20-2006, 11:23 PM   #9
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I've had the skid row radiator skid plate for a while and the install took no more than 1/2 an hour and super easy to install. It uses the front body mount and uses a self tapping bolt to the front cross member. So far it's held up to some good whacks with no bends or damage. For the price it's good cheap insurance. I did a review on it, here's the link:
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I just installed this also but didn't have any issues with the wheel being straight It was a tight fit but I got it in just fine.
I looked at the SkidRow skid also but chose Rusty's simply because it offers more coverage.
I agree. The Rusty's skid has a lot more coverage.
However, mine would not fit over the rubber body mount of my 2003 SE. I had to take the skid to a machine shop and enlarge the big hole in the skid about 1/16".
It was a major pain but once I enlarged the hole, the skid fit fine.
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Unread 12-21-2006, 07:01 AM   #11
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I just installed this also but didn't have any issues with the wheel being straight It was a tight fit but I got it in just fine.
I looked at the SkidRow skid also but chose Rusty's simply because it offers more coverage.
I went and took a picture. This is with the wheels straight. The steering is super close to the skid. It just barley clears it, so I had to turn the wheels left and right to get the skid in place. But it did fit!





I was amazed while installing the skid how exposed the radiator was! Oops!

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The Rusty's Radiator Skid seemed questionable before the install being that there was small clearance. After installing it I realized how well made it was, good and perfect fit and no issues with steering. I've learned that after-market Jeep parts do not fit this well.

I chose the Skid Row engine skid due to its design and fit, as well as the stout construction. The only pain was to drill 3 holes. Don't forget the LCA skids from Skid Row -- I have rock damages from Moab and the LCA skid saved the day.
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I've got to stop browsing this forum, its costing me too much! I just ordered Rusty's radiator skid, I do like how it offers more coverage than the others. Yeah, the bottom of the radiator is just waiting to get holed by something and it's plastic no less.

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Don't forget the LCA skids from Skid Row -- I have rock damages from Moab and the LCA skid saved the day.
Good skids to have, but get weld on ones, about half the price including the installation, plus it will strengthen the mount by boxing it. I like thier marketing touting that these skids are portable as you change Jeeps, these skids get beat to heck, probably not much left to transfer after wheeling for a couple years, plus if you have a buddy that can weld you can get 4 sets of weld ons for the price of thier bolt ons.
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Unread 12-21-2006, 11:19 AM   #15
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I went and took a picture. This is with the wheels straight. The steering is super close to the skid. It just barley clears it, so I had to turn the wheels left and right to get the skid in place. But it did fit!





I was amazed while installing the skid how exposed the radiator was! Oops!

Great pics! Very easy to see just how close the fit is. When I first got things put together I was surprised at how close to the castellated nut the skid actually sits. I'm still kinda wondering why they don't just make 'em with a little notch there?
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