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Unread 04-21-2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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Just another skid plate install, no big deal.

I installed my new RockHard Trans/oilpan skid plate (from Northridge4x4) last night and for the most part it went fairly easy. Since Iím no spring chicken any more and itís kinda heavy, the Trans jack came in handy for the install. I like the looks of it and it covers the Trans and oilpan with one smooth plate.

No need for pics, their website (Rock Hard 4x4 Parts - XJ Cherokee Rocker Guard Sliders) shows it best. Just posting so that others that might be thinking about this skid know how easy an install it really is. I havenít had a chance to abuse it yet, but from the looks of it and the numerous posts Iíve read, it should work just fine.

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Unread 04-21-2010, 03:30 PM   #2
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Cool.

As it stands right now the only plate I want to upgrade sooner rather than later is the gas tank skid. The other plates have no damage, but the gas tank skid has some nice dents on it. Eventually I'd like to have the whole shebang.
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Unread 04-24-2010, 04:57 PM   #3
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Forgot to add this part. When installing the part of the skid that covers the catalytic converter on the driverís side, I noticed that it didnít quite sit flush against the frame. Looking further I noticed that the reason was because it was hitting one of the bolts that attach the rear cross member to the frame. Even though it was slight, I just donít work like that. My solution was to remove the part that was making contact. Duh. Anyway, here are a few pics of how I did it.

Here's a pic of the catalytic converter to be covered.


Ruff cut with the plazma cutter.



Cleaned-up and painted.


Getting ready to install.


Installed and showing the bolt that was hitting the plate.


If they would just modify the bend on the main plate and the converter plate slightly, that wouldnít happen. Do I still like the RockHard skid, yup, sure do.
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Unread 04-24-2010, 05:00 PM   #4
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Forgot to add this part. When installing the part of the skid that covers the catalytic converter on the driver’s side, I noticed that it didn’t quite sit flush against the frame. Looking further I noticed that the reason was because it was hitting one of the bolts that attach the rear cross member to the frame. Even though it was slight, I just don’t work like that. My solution was to remove the part that was making contact. Duh. Anyway, here are a few pics of how I did it.

Here's a pic of the catalytic converter to be covered.


Ruff cut with the plazma cutter.



Cleaned-up and painted.


Getting ready to install.


Installed and showing the bolt that was hitting the plate.


If they would just modify the bend on the main plate and the converter plate slightly, that wouldn’t happen. Do I still like the RockHard skid, yup, sure do.
Did you happen to contact the manufacturer and suggest they a fix? They just might do it. It's smart guys like you that help them improve things :-)
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Unread 04-24-2010, 05:03 PM   #5
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Cant really tell from the manufactures pic but how thick are they? Look kinda 1/8th's ish
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Unread 04-24-2010, 05:08 PM   #6
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No not yet. I do plan on it though. Plus Iím going to bring to their attention that the hardware bag with all the bolts and nuts was really screwed-up. Had to use some of my own.
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Unread 12-01-2013, 07:55 PM   #7
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I installed the Rockhard JK oil/ Trans/ skids along with the gas tank I am getting a lot of vibration from the exhaust pipes. What is it that I can do to eliminate the vibration?
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Unread 12-01-2013, 08:15 PM   #8
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Mine wenton pretty easy and I use a FUMOTO valve to make the oil change EASY/NO MESS !

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Unread 12-01-2013, 11:00 PM   #9
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I installed the Rockhard JK oil/ Trans/ skids along with the gas tank I am getting a lot of vibration from the exhaust pipes. What is it that I can do to eliminate the vibration?
It’s a hit or miss with the Rock Hard skid you installed. The later skids started shipping with a spacer to lower the skid about a 1/8 or ľ inch, can’t remember which.

For my ’08 JKUR I had one of the early skids w/o the spacer but made my own. I had to lower the rear of the skid a ľ inch and also cut completely off the part that attached to the left side of the frame to keep the exhaust from hitting.

Did yours ship with the spacer and if so how thick is it?


EDIT: In post #2 above I showed how I had to modify part of the skid. I ultimately ended up removing that whole part.
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Unread 12-17-2013, 01:04 PM   #10
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Bump to this thread.

I am hearing for the first time about the vibration in the exhaust with the Rock Hard... this is exactly my current complaint. At very low RPM's there is a vibration that is easily heard and drives me nuts!!!

I had it installed by a shop, do you think I need to look at that? Is it an easy fix? anyone had this same problem?

I have a '08 2dr JK, stock exhaust and the heavy-duty cross-member from Clayton, the gas skid and the trans skid. Planning on a evap relocation and the oil pan skid.

Thanks for your help!
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Unread 12-17-2013, 01:40 PM   #11
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I used a telescoping mirror and flashlight, something similar to this to see where contact was being made. It would be best if you took a look yourself if you plan on taking it back to the installer, that way youíll have first-hand knowledge if it is indeed the source of the vibration.
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