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Looking for skid plate advice

Looking for advice. I bought the Rubicon express oil pan skid for my 07 jkur. There's an access hole for the drain plug but I use an EZ drain valve which I love and won't get rid of. The valve doesn't quite clear the hole. Simple solution is to cut the hole bigger but I don't want to make a hack job out of it. I need to find someone with a cutting torch to make a nice clean cut don't I?

I also got the Rubicon Express manual transmission skid. The rear oem star bolts in the transmission are what this piece uses to mount in place. I can get to then and turn them but can't get them out. Looks like the transmission frame cross member needs to be removed to get these bolts out and back in. Do I need to support the transmission with a transmission jack or can I just remove the cross member without doing that? I don't want the transmission falling on my head lol.

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You could use a jig saw to cut the hole out if you choose. Torch may weaken the skid plate IMO

You need to support the transmission with a jack, doesn’t need to be a trans jack.

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you need to support it. You should be able to add a bit of hose to the fumoto valve, that way you just drop the hose in the container no mess no fuse no need to cut.

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You could use a jig saw to cut the hole out if you choose. Torch may weaken the skid plate IMO

You need to support the transmission with a jack, doesn’t need to be a trans jack.


Thanks for the reply. Will a jigsaw cut through the thick hard steel plate?
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its not harden steel but may be 1/4 thick. again just use a hose.... I have cut 1/4 with a jigsaw. You must drip oil on as you go or you will use every blade harbor freight has......i use 90 weight for those PITA jobs.....

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its not harden steel but may be 1/4 thick. again just use a hose.... I have cut 1/4 with a jigsaw. You must drip oil on as you go or you will use every blade harbor freight has......i use 90 weight for those PITA jobs.....
Hmmmm, yeah definitely will need oil. I guess its worth a shot. Just need to but a jigsaw.
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A good hole saw and a strong drill.

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just add a hose to the barb. coil it up in the shield and put the cover on it most those skids have a removable cover plate. so simple.............. if it dont have a cover for that hole just zip tie it off.

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A good hole saw and a strong drill.
I thought hole saw bits were just for wood. If they make ones for steel, this is a good option.
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just add a hose to the barb. coil it up in the shield and put the cover on it most those skids have a removable cover plate. so simple.............. if it dont have a cover for that hole just zip tie it off.

I get what you're saying but the skid plate actually gets caught on the drain valve and can't be installed without the hole being enlarged.
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I thought hole saw bits were just for wood. If they make ones for steel, this is a good option.
You can get carbide tipped ones specifically for metal from any larger hardware store.

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I thought hole saw bits were just for wood. If they make ones for steel, this is a good option.
You can get carbide tipped ones specifically for metal from any larger hardware store.

Perfect thanks. That is definitely the way to go. I'll try it anyways.
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Check out Fumato valve. It comes in different drain nipple configuration, so you could make it work.

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Installed my Rubicon express oil pan skid. I refused to lose my EZ oil drain plug because it makes oil changes so quick and easy so I had to lengthen the oil plug hole with a step bit and grinder. It doesn't hang down, it sticks out on the back side so should be ok. If it gets hit, I'll deal with it then.
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