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post #1 of 19 Old 03-19-2007, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Skid plates/Under carriage armor...Over rated???

I was just wondering if some put a little too much in this body armor thing. I like the JP magazine and notice that "except for the differential armor" I don't notice too much under these that are shot climbing rocks or showed topping a hill. Do some of you simply do it to make your rig more signaturistic (I made that word up at the moment so you won’t be able to spell check me ) of yours or do you really believe in it?
Are you so careless (not slamming anyone on that) that you don't plan your approach well enough that you simply bounce over anything and everything not caring what it might do?
This Jeep I am specifically talking about was on the cover of the January issue http://www.primediabackissues.com/Me...tegory_Code=JP.
I believe it was the Jeep limousine or something like that.


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post #2 of 19 Old 03-19-2007, 10:48 AM
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I wheeled at Morris Mtn ORV over the weekend. My gas tank skid (factory) has several nasty dents in it now, and my (factory) T-case skid is pushed up almost 3" on the back edge from where I slid sideways and high-centered on a large pointy rock, and my oil pan is dented. Full underside skids will be the next thing I purchase, and I probably won't wheel it again til' I get some protection. I really pushed the limits of my rig this weekend and I'm really lucky that I didn't hurt anything to the point of not being able to drive home. If you wheel it, you need skids.

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Sometimes you hit the skids, even on the best line.
This is Dogmans rig on Meetgrinder, and shows the bolders pretty well.


And other times when you pick a fair line, the mud and water send you a different direction
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it really depends how and where you wheel. You are in Mississippi right? I dont think you are going to encounter a lot of rocks. If you lived out west, you would buy armor before you lift it.
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I know that I sure have more fun not worrying about my oil pan, etc.

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All of your points are true.
Some people are very careful and rarely ding anything underneath.
Some people just bash into everything. They either don't care, never learned to pay attention, or drink on the trail...
Some people wheel in areas where they NEED armor - period.
Some people wheel in areas where it's just not needed.
Some people ( many people) just have to have all that stuff and never use it.
Only you can decide what you need or want.


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My underside armor has saved me on multiple occations (engine skid).... once taking a shot significant enough to press it into the auto tranny and breaking the seal on my tranny pan. If I didn't have armor I'm pretty sure I might have needed a new transmission.

I've got rockers on order.. I've not needed them yet but I plan on running a trail in 3 weeks that almost requires them as you use large boulders as pivot points at a few spots.

If you just like to wheel on mild stuff or go mudding and are pretty sure there aren't any rocks buried in that mud, then you probably don't need armor.

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Some people ( many people) just have to have all that stuff and never use it.
If I'm honest, I probably fall into this category; but really I don't even need a jeep . . . I just want one . . . anyway . . . it's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it . . . also makes the trip more fun .

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Oh, I forgot to mention the last trip out I banged up my OEM gas tank skid pretty good, fortunately I didn't rupture the tank. Guess what my next purchase will be?

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Oh, I forgot to mention the last trip out I banged up my OEM gas tank skid pretty good, fortunately I didn't rupture the tank. Guess what my next purchase will be?
You are also the only man I know that needs Shock skid guards

I noticed a decent dent on my stock gas skid as well, I don't remember hitting anything but the bumper last time. But it's there.

I want the one that lifts the tank an extra 1".
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Good points. Still listening (reading).

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Used to have a 94 YJ. Never added any armour, just had factory skids.

Went trail riding on Drummond Island (Off the eastern tip of Michigan's upper penninsula). Just wheeling some muddy logging trails. Occasionally felt a rock hidden in the mud. Could not see them even though the mud was not deep at all. A few inches.

Stopped for lunch in town. Looked under the Jeep to see oil dripping. Had pinched the oil pan near the drain plug. A little grinding, some rubber washers, a generous amount of JB Weld, all done in my hosts fully equipped pole barn got me home and kept me going until I could replace the pan.

Jump ahead a couple of years to when I ordered my 2000 TJ. Got all the dealer add on skid plates I could at the time. They have all held up well. Plenty of dings and scratches. I carry a couple less gallons of fuel because of dents in the gas skid. The full engine skid was recently hammered flat again. Have added rocker guards I won in a raffle. Every singe one of my skids had been thoroughly used over the years.

Moral of the story is, you never know what you are going to run in to or over. Does not matter how good, or how careful you think you are. Sooner or later you will need that skid. If you are going to wheel you should protect yourself.

If I was on the island myself and did not have access to tools to fix the puntures in my oil pan, it would have been a very long and expensive drive home.

You only need to protect that which you can not live without.

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I have a lot of skids because I drive my Jeep to and from the trail and every single other day of the week as well. I can't afford for it to have a lot of downtime from having destroyed things underneath it on the trail. If my Jeep was simply a trailer queen, maybe I wouldn't care so much. If I was building a show jeep just so I could show it off in JP magazine and at a few shows, I wouldn't care about armor either (unless it looked good). So that's why I have just about every skid plate you can imagine - no, it's not just to make my sig longer

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I personally have the following installed.
Steering
front diff
front control arm skids
Nth TT
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Rear diff
Gas skid
Rocker guards
Toys by troy oil pan

Did a run and the guy behind me put a hole in his gas tank, crushed his oil pan and lost his clutch.

Sure I paid to much for all my armor, but he paid a lot more than I did repairing his junk. Sure you can make a run without a scratch, but honestly I never know what Im going to get into when I go on a trail I've never been on before.


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I am too scared to do anything but two tracks until I get my plates on. Its better to have and not need then to need and not have. Just like that other guy said.

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