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I have a wife who is interested in off-roading. Nothing extreme. I figure I need skid plates nothing fancy just functional. I also don't know where to start. Are there skid plates that are more important... Please help.

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-09-2007, 11:55 AM
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skids are a must!

as far as importance, think of what your protecting...
steering box
oil pan
rocker panels
gas tank
differentials
radiator

now think of what happens if something like a nice
rock meets any of the above components without a
skid covering it at just the right angle or speed...
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post #3 of 15 Old 01-09-2007, 11:57 AM
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i'd start with a sterring box skid, its in a bad spot. what sort of trails are you planning to run?
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I'm not planning on running anything to extreme... the real easy stuff
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Steering box skid ~$50
Oil pan Skid ~$150
Gas tank skid ~$200-270
Diff covers (2) $130
Radiator skid ~$60

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I have a wife who is interested in off-roading. Nothing extreme. I figure I need skid plates nothing fancy just functional. I also don't know where to start. Are there skid plates that are more important... Please help.

Rocks? Mud? What terrain? I felt most vunerable without an engine skid (by the way, engine skid covers oil pan + extra, so you wouldn't need both). I installed the Jeep Medic. It is perfect, but weighs a ton as it is thicker than the others. [you can actually feel the difference after you install]. The Skid Row is also great and is a bit lighter. Whichever floats your boat. And steering box skids are like $30, so no point in not throwing one of them on. You already have a decent stock gas tank skid.

The D35: 60% of the time, it breaks every time.

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I'm not planning on running anything to extreme... the real easy stuff
Stock skids will be fine then.

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post #8 of 15 Old 01-09-2007, 01:36 PM
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Don't forget some rocker protection if you're going to be going over any rocks larger than about curb height.

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post #9 of 15 Old 01-09-2007, 01:48 PM
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Your gas tank skid is fine.

At least remove the stocks side steps, they get hung up and when they come off they will do some additional sheet metal damage

I agree with the steering box skid. They are cheap, easy to install and functional

A radiator skid is good

Corners are better to install before you crush the sheet existing metal
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Stock skids will be fine then.

Haha. This is probably the correct answer. I wheeled mine stock pretty rough and had no problems. Just stay off the big rocks.

The D35: 60% of the time, it breaks every time.

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On the easy stuff, it's going to be hard to hit your steering box... pretty easy to put a dent in your oil pan on stuff that looks easy, though. If you're just going to get one skid, I'd at least go with an engine/oil pan/tranny skid.

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Oil pan skid way before steering box.
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I would say oil pan and radiator skids first.

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SOLD 06 Wrangler Unlimited Khaki, Congo Cage, D30 w/Aussie & D44 w/ Limited slip and 3.73 gears, 231HD transfer case with 2LOW and JB Conversions SYE with a Tom Woods DS. LIFT: Full Traction 4" Ultimate lift and JKS BL, Brown Dog MML. SKIDS: Jeep Medic TT and Oil Pan, Warn Gas Tank, and Rusty's Steering Box & Radiator. STEERING: ZJ steering, and PCS Steering Box. Running on 35" BF Goodrich Mud Terrains. And to ruin the look, I added Warn 6" flares to keep it legal.
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If I had only one choice, it would be the oil pan/transmission skid.

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post #15 of 15 Old 01-09-2007, 06:08 PM
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Oil pan skid way before steering box.
Over new years weekend my oil pan was introduced to a rock and I lost all of my engine oil in less than three minutes. Luckily I was with some fellow Jeepers and we were able to patch it enough to get it home and I installed a new oil pan two days later. Along with that, I now have an engine/oil pan skid as well! Changing the oil pan isn't really difficult, but I'm in no hurry to do it again!

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