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Unread 05-05-2007, 03:58 PM   #1
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what skid plates

my build sheet says I have stock gas and xfer case skids, what should I get next?

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Unread 05-05-2007, 04:11 PM   #2
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Engine skid plate and steering box skid plate.

Skid Row has a 3/16" thick skid plate, with versions that mount to your control arm and protect the exhaust, or a long arm version that can sit a little higher but does not protect your exhaust.

Jeep Medic has a 1/4" thick plate that is like the Skid Row long arm kit (you can run both with your stock short arm setup).

The Medic is stronger, but heavier. I've not seen a Skid Row fail to protect an engine, but I have seen one that got dented. I would imagine that there are rocks in this world that curse the name of Jeep Medic.

I run the Skid Row, I've only dragged it once, it held up great. Avoid the Warn engine skid, it's 1/8" thick and bends when you come within 2" of a pebble.

For the steering box, about 2 dozen manufacturers make skids and all run about $50. Just get 3/16" steel or thicker. Skid Row, Kilby, Warn, many others.

Eventually, you'll want to replace your gas tank sid and your t-case skid. Both can be replaced with tougher models that provide higher clearance, but both may require additional mods to make them work (a body lift for both, a driveshaft and/or SYE for the t-case skid).
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Unread 05-05-2007, 04:58 PM   #3
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The jeep Medic skid is actually a lot lighter than the short-arm version of the Skid Row skid due to being so much narrower. I have held them both and although I never put either one on a scale, the difference was very noticeable.

Apart from that I agree with everything you said. Protect your oil pan, steering box (mostly because it's cheap and easy), and rockers if you care about looks or plan to wheel it on medium to hard trails. Your stock tranny and gas tank skids will take a lot of abuse without major damage.
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