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rockwell
06-13-2018, 09:31 PM
After 2 seasons of wheeling my Rockhard engine skid is crushed enough that it should be replaced soon. I do like the skid but I need to find something a little stronger. Is there anything out there a little thicker or more resistant to bowing in?


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TrailHunter
06-13-2018, 09:50 PM
They make a thicker one now.

wayoflife
06-13-2018, 10:14 PM
After 2 seasons of wheeling my Rockhard engine skid is crushed enough that it should be replaced soon. I do like the skid but I need to find something a little stronger. Is there anything out there a little thicker or more resistant to bowing in?

Clearly, I'm not playing hard enough. Hell, I don't even have an engine skid on Moby.

I-Eat-Mud
06-13-2018, 10:28 PM
Clearly, I'm not playing hard enough. Hell, I don't even have an engine skid on Moby.

You don't run any sort of oilpan skid? I don't either personally, It seems to be an area that doesn't find a lot of rocks for me.

wayoflife
06-13-2018, 10:37 PM
You don't run any sort of oilpan skid? I don't either personally, It seems to be an area that doesn't find a lot of rocks for me.

Nope. Been running factory skids for the last 11+ years too.

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Coop
06-13-2018, 10:58 PM
I must say I have to agree with Eddie and I-Eat-Mud. The MORE engine skid I’ve been running for the last three years is pretty much scratch free. It’s more of a mud shelf.


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fiend
06-13-2018, 11:13 PM
Just out of curiosity, what are these? 303621

DWiggles
06-13-2018, 11:21 PM
Just out of curiosity, what are these? 303621
Transmission mount (6l80) and the 6.2L L94 oilpan?


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wayoflife
06-14-2018, 12:06 AM
Transmission mount (6l80) and the 6.2L L94 oilpan?

Bingo! Good eye.

rubiDave
06-14-2018, 01:02 PM
After 2 seasons of wheeling my Rockhard engine skid is crushed enough that it should be replaced soon. I do like the skid but I need to find something a little stronger. Is there anything out there a little thicker or more resistant to bowing in?


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I've got the same skid and there are no scracthes on it around the oil pan. I did have one low speed belly crawl that put a significant dent near the exhaust cross over and tweaked the extension that bolts to the driver side frame - amazing how easily the 3/16 steel bends. From the looks of it the Jeep probably would have survived just fine without the skid and money could have been better spent being put towards a lift for more clearance.
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salXK
06-14-2018, 01:37 PM
Is there a list of recommended skids to have or a minimum to have installed. I haven’t even looked under my Jeep yet to see what came with it.


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wayoflife
06-14-2018, 02:04 PM
Is there a list of recommended skids to have or a minimum to have installed. I haven’t even looked under my Jeep yet to see what came with it.


Your Jeep comes with just about every skid you need and not even as a bare minimum. Your oil pan and depending on the year and transmission you have, you could benefit from some protection there but really, that's about it.

jknikos
06-14-2018, 02:15 PM
Factory skids are probably more than you will ever need.

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Chris1015
06-14-2018, 03:43 PM
Glad I can differ my money into other things...actually thought maybe an oil pan skid or something along that variety might be a wise choice to consider saving for. 👍🏻

fiend
06-14-2018, 04:05 PM
Glad I can differ my money into other things...actually thought maybe an oil pan skid or something along that variety might be a wise choice to consider saving for. [emoji1303]

I dunno what year and model you have, but I can tell you I crawled under a buddy’s 2015 JKU a while back and saw his AT lines very exposed and with no protection. I think Jeep changed the transmission skid at one point from a plate to a bar. I would consider getting some protection for that. Otherwise, the stock transfer case and gas tank skid hold up fine.

BaddestCross
06-14-2018, 04:15 PM
I dunno what year and model you have, but I can tell you I crawled under a buddy’s 2015 JKU a while back and saw his AT lines very exposed and with no protection. I think Jeep changed the transmission skid at one point from a plate to a bar. I would consider getting some protection for that. Otherwise, the stock transfer case and gas tank slide hold up fine.
☝️ This. If you don't have the plate, get a transmission skid.

I did the oil pan and EVAP canister because I didn't want to relocate it.

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zimm
06-14-2018, 06:41 PM
Yeah the stock 2012+ auto transmission line is hanging out in the breeze.

I bent my rock hard to the point it was hitting the cross over pipe. I put it out on the sidewalk and 2lb sledge hammered it back to flat pretty easily. Wear hearing protection, and check your 6 for little old ladies walking their dogs (whoops).

A.J.
06-14-2018, 07:09 PM
Glad I can differ my money into other things...actually thought maybe an oil pan skid or something along that variety might be a wise choice to consider saving for. [emoji1303]

Pretty much my thinking as well. I have always worried about the oil pan but the factory transfer case skid and gas tank are what take the hits. I ended up buying the cheap shittybuilt oil pan/trans skid and fishbone evap skid. Just a little cheap insurance.


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Beer&Waffles
06-14-2018, 08:26 PM
I've been running a River Raider Oil / trans skid for about two years now and its held up nicely to the hits its taken. They have an option with their skids were you can get what is basically a rubber mat that's bolted onto the bottom of the skid to absorb some of the blow. I don't know how hard you wheel your jeep but might be worth a look.

WJCO
06-14-2018, 09:29 PM
After 2 seasons of wheeling my Rockhard engine skid is crushed enough that it should be replaced soon. I do like the skid but I need to find something a little stronger. Is there anything out there a little thicker or more resistant to bowing in?


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Honestly if your 3/16" skid is that bad that it has to be replaced, I don't see how the 1/4" would benefit you more. I don't want to sound like a critic, but pick better lines. I can't think of any other skid that will help you out more.

salXK
06-14-2018, 10:16 PM
Just took a look I have the transmission bar not a skid plate. I’ll add that to my list to get by fall. Thanks for all the great advice.


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notnalc68
06-14-2018, 11:41 PM
Yeah the stock 2012+ auto transmission line is hanging out in the breeze.

I bent my rock hard to the point it was hitting the cross over pipe. I put it out on the sidewalk and 2lb sledge hammered it back to flat pretty easily. Wear hearing protection, and check your 6 for little old ladies walking their dogs (whoops).

I think that’s what I would do, if I were the OP...and maybe pick better lines.


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toyotire
06-15-2018, 01:36 AM
I have found the taller the tires the less skids are needed. Run stock tires on little sluice and you bang stuff up more than running 37's. On 3.6's it would take a freakish rock to damage the oil pan but any old stick to snag the tranny lines.

wayoflife
06-15-2018, 01:48 AM
I have found the taller the tires the less skids are needed.

That's probably because you're running the same old trails that you always run. The whole point of bigger tires is to play on bigger rocks.

2nd.gunman
06-15-2018, 08:52 AM
After 2 seasons of wheeling my Rockhard engine skid is crushed enough that it should be replaced soon. I do like the skid but I need to find something a little stronger. Is there anything out there a little thicker or more resistant to bowing in?


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Where’s the pictures?


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rockwell
06-15-2018, 12:09 PM
I have found the taller the tires the less skids are needed. Run stock tires on little sluice and you bang stuff up more than running 37's. On 3.6's it would take a freakish rock to damage the oil pan but any old stick to snag the tranny lines.

Or freakish stumps. This is what led me to a skid to begin with. They are harder to spot and are silent, you can at least hear what’s going on with rocks. I get the ‘choose better lines’ bit but a lot of our trails are on a few acres land and maybe 1/2 mile long so if you are always choosing the better lines you’d be home by lunch. All my other skids are factory, beat to shít and holding up great, but those stumps are silent killers and the skids help from them slide over the cross member. 303706


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DWiggles
06-15-2018, 03:23 PM
Adding to the thread, I too believe in the factory skids. My jeep is a manual, so I opted only for the oil pan skid for piece of mind.

But my jeep has never been offroad... :cheesy: :crazyeyes:
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TrailHunter
06-15-2018, 03:30 PM
Well my Rubi has been stock height for a year and I love my Rockhard trans/oil Skid.... and thats all I have to say about that.

Overland_stormtrooper
06-15-2018, 03:45 PM
I opted for the Rancho oil pan skid other than that my 16 is stock underneath ... only added the oil pan skid as I wanted the piece of mind it affords ...

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fiend
06-15-2018, 04:25 PM
Or freakish stumps. This is what led me to a skid to begin with. They are harder to spot and are silent, you can at least hear what’s going on with rocks. I get the ‘choose better lines’ bit but a lot of our trails are on a few acres land and maybe 1/2 mile long so if you are always choosing the better lines you’d be home by lunch. All my other skids are factory, beat to shít and holding up great, but those stumps are silent killers and the skids help from them slide over the cross member. 303706


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I thought you said you had a Rockhard skid.

rockwell
06-15-2018, 04:54 PM
I thought you said you had a Rockhard skid.

I do. That was what prompted me to get the Rockhard. Now my Rockhard is caving in. I’m just going to take it off, straiten it out and pick better lines as suggested.


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wjtstudios
06-15-2018, 07:20 PM
I think a lot depends on your terrain. I agree with everyone that the rubi skid plates are sufficient for rocks, but in the woods, I’ve see a number of Jeeps getting knocked out by large sticks and logs getting up into the trans and linkage. As the tires roll over them they can kick up and cause all kinds of havoc. The rock hard and other skids keep those critical areas protected.


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Clearskies
06-15-2018, 08:03 PM
That's probably because you're running the same old trails that you always run. The whole point of bigger tires is to play on bigger rocks.

That's What I'm talking about!!!:rock::rock:

Jkzinger
06-16-2018, 02:16 AM
I opted for the Rancho oil pan skid other than that my 16 is stock underneath ... only added the oil pan skid as I wanted the piece of mind it affords ...

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I did this back in 2010 also and lo and behold there are no marks on the oil skid!


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Overland_stormtrooper
06-16-2018, 02:37 AM
I did this back in 2010 also and lo and behold there are no marks on the oil skid!


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An I hope it never takes a hit .. being my dd and the fact I am solo more often than not an have done some more remote runs I didnt want to chance a blown out oil pan ...

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Good2Go
06-16-2018, 03:02 PM
The only musical instrument I know how to play is the engine/transmission skid plate on my Jeep. I can make it ring like a bell. (Well, actually more like an out of tune KLAANGG!).


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