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post #1 of 4 Old 07-02-2020, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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gas tank skid plate

Hi fellas, I'd like to put a skid plate under my gas tank. Not sure which one to buy, I have a smittybilt rear bumper and tire carrier and was wondering if anyone knows of a plate that is compatible with it.

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-03-2020, 12:08 AM
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The stock one is 3/16" just like an aftermarket one and can be really cheap. I paid $25 for mine. Just make sure you have the nutstrips and it should work with your bumper. I have a SmittyBilt bumper. If the holes don't line up, just drill new ones. It will be sandwiched between the bumper bracket and the body. Mine has been modified a few times now.
I had to cut a small piece off the end, drill a hole or two and cut the back off about an inch but it still holds up just fine!

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-03-2020, 04:03 AM
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Guys say the factory gas skid is not worth the metal it is made out of.
I put one on my '00 anyway.
But I have a stock bumper.
Picked up mine for $50 and drilled to extra holes in it.
There was places in the nut strip to bolt to just no holes in those 2 spots in the skid.
So I figured what the hell.
There is one thing. You do not say what year.
'96 and down are different, when it comes to factory ones, then '97 and up.
I think I have read that you can still use a '96 and down on a '97 and up, thinking vice versa too,
but it does have to be modded a bit.
Just something to keep in mind if you go the factory route.
Oh and like Pinoy59 said make sure you have the nutstrips.
In a '97 and up you should have a passenger side one for sure.
That is what the rearmost exhaust hanger bolts too.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-05-2020, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies, my xj is a 2000 model.My only concern is that the skid plate is narrow enough to clear the inside of the bumper brackets.I ordered one from Rusty's off road.
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