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post #1 of 23 Old 10-21-2021, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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How to remove front skid plate ?

Hi guys I have a 2003 Jeep Grand cherokee limited with the 4.7 HO. I was planning on replacing my radiator so i watched a YouTube video where this guy removed his without removing the front bumper and under his jeep he had this plastic plate that was attached with 4 rivet retainers. When I went to look under my jeep I saw that instead of the plastic plate like in the video, I had a metal skid plate that seemed to be attached on with bolts. Is there anyway i can remove this skid plate without having to take the bumper off ?

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post #2 of 23 Old 10-21-2021, 10:55 PM
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Yup. I have done it several times. Taking off is easy, putting back is somehow a problem but it does go back in.


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four bolts and the front skid plate falls down, it'an easy removal.
Bolts are located on the sides of the plate, two on the right and two on the left sides.
Here different wj skid plates:




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I've kept my skid plate off. Make it *so* much easier to change the oil filter.
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I've kept my skid plate off. Make it *so* much easier to change the oil filter.

I would remove mine too for the same reason, except it seems to be inviting misfortune.
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I would remove mine too for the same reason, except it seems to be inviting misfortune.
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i guess i better go buy one, and install it. i'd hate to be inviting misfortune to my ride.

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I wasnt aware one needed to remove the skidplate to change the radiator.
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post #9 of 23 Old 10-26-2021, 12:21 AM
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The front bumper cover also comes off super fast and easy too, it's really not a big deal if you had to take it off. Just 2 10mm bolts on either side and a few clips on the front you can pop out with a flat head screw driver, that's all there is to it really.
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i guess i better go buy one, and install it. i'd hate to be inviting misfortune to my ride.
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I removed one from a Blazer with a stump years ago.....

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I removed one from a Blazer with a stump years ago.....
Once Upon a Time.... I liberated the oil pan and all of its contents with a stump on a 1980 Buick Century. Of course there was the matter of a brick on the gas pedal and no driver at the time of said liberation....

I removed the composite skid off my 2005 WK (3.7; RIP) after the first oil change. PIA to get at the drain plug, and it dumped oil all over the top of the skid. I never put it back on - it is probably still sitting in storage...

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I kinda gave up when I went out today to do it. I had no issue removing the first 2 bolts that sit towards the rear of the vehicle but the front ones were unreachable. I tried using a swivel thing with like 14 inches of extensions but still couldn't do it. I had the tow hooks blocking it aswell. How can I take off the front 2 without having to remove my bumper.
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You need a 15mm socket, a swivel thing, and like 14 inches of extensions. A long-handled ratchet and/or breaker bar may help. I had mine off 5 days ago doing this, also have the factory tow hooks.
If things are rusty, try some penetrating oil. Make sure you are twisting the correct (counter-clockwise) direction. Sometimes it helps to swear ... almost required when putting it back on.


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I kinda gave up when I went out today to do it. I had no issue removing the first 2 bolts that sit towards the rear of the vehicle but the front ones were unreachable. I tried using a swivel thing with like 14 inches of extensions but still couldn't do it. I had the tow hooks blocking it aswell. How can I take off the front 2 without having to remove my bumper.
Use a hole saw to cut some holes in the bumper so you can tackle the bolts head on?
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