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Unread 10-02-2015, 02:53 PM   #1
scalpel_shredr
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What skids first?

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?

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Unread 10-02-2015, 04:26 PM   #2
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I started with a tranny skid plate.
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Unread 10-02-2015, 06:36 PM   #3
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The EVAP skid is cheap and does not take much to bust it into a 1000 pieces so i'd do that, and the tranny skid / cross as soon as you smash up the factory one which is made from wet spagghetti.
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Unread 10-02-2015, 08:05 PM   #4
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From my experience...

. 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.

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Unread 10-02-2015, 08:26 PM   #5
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I have the Metal cloak shocks and mounts, this allows you to lop 3 &1/2 inches off of the rear lower shock mount but i still scrape them so yes you're right
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Unread 10-03-2015, 07:35 AM   #6
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evap and tranny are usual ones, but also consider a cheap ($50) steering stabilizer flip bracket. so easy to snag, even mudding. I'm assuming it doesn't come included with the TF lift
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Unread 10-03-2015, 09:27 AM   #7
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I you are going to change the stabilizer anyway, something like the Fox ATS2 which uses the trackbar mount on the axle for the stabilizer fixing, its a great stabilizer if a little expensive
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Unread 10-03-2015, 10:20 AM   #8
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#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.
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Unread 10-03-2015, 10:50 AM   #9
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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.
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Unread 10-03-2015, 10:45 PM   #10
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My oder from experience.... on newer jk with the better evap mounting location.
1. Lca skids front and back.
2. Sliders.
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.
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Unread 10-03-2015, 10:51 PM   #11
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Front & rear LCAs. (Cheap insurance here)
Oil & tranny
Gas tank on a 4DR

Sliders would be good call too.
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Unread 10-04-2015, 08:22 PM   #12
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Well, went wheeling yesterday and today, ripped off my evap canister. I guess I know my first purchase lol. I already flipped the steering stabilizer.

Front and rear lca also ordered
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Unread 10-04-2015, 09:30 PM   #13
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for me protection went, sliders then rear diff slider, I also carry a spare front LCA because that and the diff are the lowest things on my jeep. (my rock sliders have already payed for themselves.)
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