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diveguy 12-22-2004 08:49 AM

What skid plates are essential for offroading? And HID headlights?
 
Hey all,
Can anyone tell me what skid plates are essential for offroading? I already have a steering column skid. And my 2004 X already comes with an oil pan skid. Anything else? And does anyone know where I can get HID headlights?

BigWaylon 12-22-2004 09:23 AM

are you looking for true HIDs? (like $500+) or just HID-appearance bulbs?

not sure about "essential"...

but I would recommend a couple:

1. front diff guard
2. engine/oil pan skid
3. rock sliders

other items:

1. rear diff guard
2. steering skid
3. stonger gas tank skid
4. belly-up t-case skid (also gains ground clearance)
5. front LCA skids

Greg

got4-Lo 12-22-2004 09:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigWaylon

but I would recommend a couple:

1. front diff guard
2. engine/oil pan skid
3. rock sliders


Greg

mainly front diff. it will take a lot of abuse. and i mean a lot

dakuda 12-22-2004 11:27 AM

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THe skids you need/want should depend on where and what kind of wheeling you do.

Generally though, the front diff, oil pan/engine and rockers are a good idea.

STW 12-22-2004 12:46 PM

So, the front diff takes the abuse head on. I haven't hit my diffs on anything, but I know I'm choosing lines to avoid a diff hit and often not doing a line because it might come close--so I think I'm being too careful and missing out. :rolleyes: Diff skid would give me a better margin, at least in my head.

What about the back side of the diff? Do I only need to protect the front from a head on hit, or should I look for a diff skid that will protect it in reverse, or when getting pulled out backward? A lot of the rear diff skids I see cover the rear of the pumpkin--is that because they need protection in reverse or is it because it looks good ;)

AZSahara 12-22-2004 01:05 PM

The gas tank is mounted low on a TJ. Unless you have a lot of lift you need to put something like a Skidrow, Kilby or TBT armor on it. If you drive on a lot of rocks or rock shelves you'll slam the gas tank coming off rocks even if you're careful.

I would also invest in a good set of rock sliders. I personally like the design that covers the sides and has side bars extending out to protect the fenders in the event of a flop. There are plenty of well designed units out there. I have Shrockbars but TBT, A-Z and several others are basically similar designs. Mine paid off when I tipped my jeep over on its right side several months ago. No damage, just some impressive rash on the sliders.

Agree with armored diffs--either plate steel covers like Crane or Blue Torch Fab, or high quality bolt on armor. I have Blue Torch covers but I really like the TBT "cage" type diff armor and may be going that route soon.

As has been stated, the type of armor you need depends on where and how you wheel. I consider the above the minimum for the wheeling on rocks here in AZ.

C2U5H 12-22-2004 01:10 PM

i don't have any aftermarket skids right now, but i'm planning on a front/rear diff and steering box as of right now.

as for the HIDs, I think I can hear Oman comin' along now...he'll tell 'ya what's up...

~J

BigWaylon 12-22-2004 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by STW
So, the front diff takes the abuse head on. I haven't hit my diffs on anything, but I know I'm choosing lines to avoid a diff hit and often not doing a line because it might come close--so I think I'm being too careful and missing out. :rolleyes: Diff skid would give me a better margin, at least in my head.

What about the back side of the diff? Do I only need to protect the front from a head on hit, or should I look for a diff skid that will protect it in reverse, or when getting pulled out backward? A lot of the rear diff skids I see cover the rear of the pumpkin--is that because they need protection in reverse or is it because it looks good ;)

are you asking about the back side of the front diff? or where the rear diff cover goes?

the diff housing itself is VERY sturdy, and I wouldn't be worried about it...

the rear diff cover can also be replaced, but most people don't hit it near as often...

my armor is a "safety net"...I try to dodge rocks by picking the right lines, but the armor allows me to screw that theory up and just bounce off of one...

Greg

Lud04X 12-22-2004 05:42 PM

Front Lower Control Arm Skids

I've now come across quite a few Jeeps with busted up lower control arms...It pretty much sucks to repair one I've heard

MPowerM3 12-22-2004 06:03 PM

I thought you needed a SYE kit to do a belly up skid plate??? And I can vouch for a oil pan skid saw in use the other day :thumbsup:

CreightonRea07 12-22-2004 06:12 PM

definetly get an oil pan skid, Especially if you have a stock TJ, i hit mine this weekend pretty hard and wish i would have had the skid

opiv 12-22-2004 06:30 PM

It seems like the first skids to buy should be the front diff skid and the gas tank skid. Then you should get armor for everything else.

There's the batsignal - there will be boobie lights in here soon.

atxtj 12-22-2004 07:35 PM

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Originally Posted by opiv
There's the batsignal - there will be boobie lights in here soon.


:rofl: I wonder what's taking him so long?

djab 12-22-2004 08:27 PM

don't a lot of the gas tank skids require a body lift?

If one were to do... say a 3.5 RE SF lift and did an SYE at the same time would they have to have another SYE built down the road if they wanted to do a belly up?

djab 12-22-2004 08:31 PM

:wave:
diveguy, check these out...

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=124928


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