New to Jeep. I have installed a 2.5" TF lift with 35" tires. 6 speed. Mostly plan on trail riding with light rocks in the SE. I want to put some armor underneath but don't have unlimited funds. What are the most important skids to start with?
. Lower rear shock mounts are disposable. Raise them up!
. Rockers are very vulnerable. Grab some sliders.
. Evap has been mentioned and was put in a seriously stupid location for reason only known to Jeep engineers.
I have had minimal if any scraping on my two.door underside.
2015 JK 2-dr
2.5" Rock Krawler / 35" BFGs
Crawler Conceptz /AEV ProCal /VKS sliders
- GC 5.7
#1: Rock sliders if you don't have at least rubicon stock sliders, but those don't stick out so don't plan on sliding around stuff on them without body damage
#2: Engine/transmission skid... expensive, but really a good idea
The stock transfer case skid is impressive for stock (at least on my 2014, don't know if 2007's were the same)... I'll probably never upgrade it.
Although not technically a skid, relocating stabilizer is critical and cheap.
Others have said evap skid, while important I don't see it as being so high priority compared to others. I bent mine pretty bad and my evap is fine, and even if you damage it the repair bill is pennies compared to body damage (if you care) or engine damage. Also, consider re-locating the evap rather than putting a bigger skid on it, saves weight.
I think all my buddies and it's quite a few have rubicon express skids. I don't think it's over $450 for everything. I only hit the TC and Gas tank skid. Tranny, oil, evap don't get touched. Those are just in case ones anyway. So to start, I would do the TC one. Then maybe to the gas but the actual skid there now does good enough. Doing light stuff, the chances of even hitting the rest are slim. I do pretty hard stuff and they just don't see any scratches.
My oder from experience.... on newer jk with the better evap mounting location.
1. Lca skids front and back.
3.Tranny/oil pan.... almost never touch this one but what if.
4. Gas tank skid... if you like pounding the stock one out you can not do this but it is pretty thin.
5. Tcase. Stock one is pretty good, no issues with mine.