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Unread 04-06-2015, 10:20 AM   #1
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Skid Plate Prioritization

Hey guys!

I'm looking to gather your thoughts on:
-What skid plates are worth adding?
-Which ones are the most important (which order you'd add them)?
(Fuel tank, transfer case, breather canister, oil pan, "front")
-Thoughts on brands?

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Unread 04-06-2015, 10:38 AM   #2
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I started with where it hit. Front differential skid/protection, AEV rear differential skid plate (also protects rear drive shaft joint) and finally added the Synergy gas tank skid plate. The most hits are on the stock skid plate and I
just remove it every couple of years, beat it out and repaint it.
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Unread 04-06-2015, 11:26 AM   #3
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You missed one....

Sliders

Should be number one IMO. Pretty easy to bash up you lower panels and when that happens you'll be pissed and you don't have to be a heavy duty rock crawler to do it either. You can bash up your rockers in a dirt ditch or hitting a tree root too.

then:

dif covers
Oil pan skid
evap

stock TC and gas skid work. I would replace those last.
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Unread 04-06-2015, 12:06 PM   #4
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Cool. I was thinking basically the same order. Wasn't sure what people thought of the stock stuff. Figured it was "under-suited"
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Unread 04-06-2015, 12:40 PM   #5
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Spagent,

You could look at a fully integrated system for skids like Evo Protek system or Rock Hard 4x4. That way you get eh engine/oil pan skid, transfer case skid and gas tank skid. Like stated you would also want to get a set of rock rails to protect the rocker of the Jeep. I run rock rails right now since rocks in Florida are few and far between. I will be getting the skids eventually before I get up to Alaska.

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Yeah, actually I had sliders before any of the others...I was thinking underbody I guess. And, the bumpers were right there with the sliders.
My stock gas tank skid had seen too many rocks to continue...that was my most recent addition.
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I put bumpers and sliders ahead of belly armor simply because at 3" lift I turtle quite a bit on the hard rock climbs. So not really there for protection as much as a way to get the rig to go where I want it to go when the rocks say otherwise. Front skid and sliders are "sacrificial" when compared to the mechanics being protected by the armor. Fortunately my budget allowed for both.

because being able to get INTO the rock garden made the need for belly armor...

The transfer and engine get my mechanical sympathy - but not so much the rails and front skid.

Thats why I went with the PS Rocker Knockers. Pretty easy to clean up the gouges and scrapes. Or not... chicks dig scars...
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Agree John, rock rash adds character....beats the chrome dome look of the mall crawlers.
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In New Mexico Rocks and sand are the worst issues. Oil pan and transmission pan are number 2 and three for protection but number 1 are the rock rails. Easy to slide in an arroyo and bang up the side so the sliders protect the area easily damaged but difficult to repair. I have a Rubicon and the first time out I had to climb out of a canyon by driving up the 60° canyon wall to avoid the 2~3 foot tall boulders which had rolled down the canyon after a rainstorm. The leader of our group got hung up and needed to winch off the rocks; he scraped rocks the entire length of his lifted and armored FJ. Based on my experiences: 1. Sliders; 2. oil pan; 3. transmission; 4. cooler for A/T; 5. fuel tank (if the stock tank armor isn't enough.
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I'll have top agree with the "Sliders" as No. one, but

The aux tranny cooler isn't a skid plate, but should be No. one mod. on any 07 thru 11 JK/JKU jeep/w automatic tranny-and

That's for ANY pre 2012 JK/JKU jeep, even if it's never taken off-road-

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I'll have top agree with the "Sliders" as No. one, but The aux tranny cooler isn't a skid plate, but should be No. one mod. on any 07 thru 11 JK/JKU jeep/w automatic tranny-and That's for ANY pre 2012 JK/JKU jeep, even if it's never taken off-road- JIMBO
I have to do an aux cooler. Got any links to a good write up? I don't want to use one that mounts in front of my radiator because the winch is already there and feel it would block too much air flow. Is it enough to just add an inline one?
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I have to do an aux cooler. Got any links to a good write up? I don't want to use one that mounts in front of my radiator because the winch is already there and feel it would block too much air flow. Is it enough to just add an inline one?
I've been running without one. The only time I have "overheated" was after towing a CJ uphill in 4hi. About 1/4 mile after towing it (and the TJ that had started the pull and broke halfway) up Cadillac Hill, I just figured I was okay to go to 4hi. Wrong, it got hot pretty fast - like within a 1/4 mile of shifting to hi... let her idle about ten minutes - went back to 2lo and pulled him the rest of the way out with no more problems.

So my thinking is ANY kind of cooler takes you out of that "marginal" red zone.
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Well, if you google "Aux cooler-JK" there are a lotta options and you can find one for your setup-


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I have to do an aux cooler. Got any links to a good write up? I don't want to use one that mounts in front of my radiator because the winch is already there and feel it would block too much air flow. Is it enough to just add an inline one?
I've gone a little redundant, cause I have the rad. aux cooler and an old racing MOROSO frame mount/aluminum 500cc cooler, I used in my CUDA-

So My tranny usually stays well below 180° F-even off-road when towing my trailer



Since my warranty has been fairly useless for years, I've cut the stock cooler () completely outta the loop and just use the two aux coolers-

I also haven't honored the J30 RECALL (Aug 01-2010)to reprogram the ECU for "Hot Oil" msg and shutdown for "Limp Mode"--I didn't want that feature in mine--

Good luck

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I need a skid for my hardtop rails....
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IMO, sliders and a full engine skid are the most important.

For an engine skid, go with skid row.
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