Guys: I need some protection for the lower part of my stock 2012 JK Automatic. I have seen several skid plates manufacturers and I need recommendations. I usually take regular gravel/ dirt roads and occasionally I do light tracks with rocks which could damage the lower part of the Jeep. My question is what do I need to protect? I was looking at my oil pan and it is completely unprotected... It is enough just the skid plates for the oil pan, transmission and catalytic converter? Do I need for the transfer case? EVA canister? Any fairly good product and reasonable cost suggestion? I have no intention to lift the Jeep since I use also for work commuting and the parking lots over here are unfortunately not made for tall ones... Thanks in advance all.
2012 Sport S - JK Wrangler
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As long as it hits where the stock protection is at, I would not worry...now if you are rock crawling and hit other places, well they need protection. I have yet to hit my oil pan or evap canister, but, I do have a front diff skid, a rear diff/DS skid, and rock sliders that get regular use. Once a year I just drop the stock skid plate, beat any bumps out and repaint it...for me, more protection is not needed and just adds needless weight. Just my opinion though.
08 JK 23S - Colorado Jeep Club No. 204
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For most the stock t-case & tank skid will be marginally OK, but the things really need some trans protection. Plus, the factory crossmember is a POS. Really recommend at last something like M.O.R.E.'s combo oil pan & trans skid, or perhaps Rockhard 4x4's setup. The latter's complete skid system is strong & cost effective. I have the full Synergy skid system which has been subjected to everything from Moab Rim to Mt Blanca and looks it but has protected the vitals well. It is a heavy system and prolly overkill for most applications, it's just that you don't want to learn the fail point of those stock skids and whatever that bar thing is they put over the trans pan.