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    Fixed it. 1/4" AR-450 should do the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaner View Post
    Fixed it. 1/4" AR-450 should do the trick.
    Looks good, but I bet that will bend to some degree as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailHunter View Post
    Not exactly sure where its been hit since then... but its been hit for sure... Still good so far... and if makes contact again, Iíll bang it all out and start over.




    Lol!!
    Mine was rattling like crazy .. kept trying to bend it back or shim it . Went on the rubicon and bashed it a few times .. think itís solidly smashed up against the exhaust now . No more rattle


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    Skids get smashed. Thatís just what happens.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fiend View Post
    Skids get smashed. Thatís just what happens.


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    Yup.. recently pulled off my RH skid, hit it with a sledge and bolted it back up... took very little time and gave me a chance to check things underneath. Skids did their job.

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    Rock Hard Skids - Poor Design!

    A lot of the aftermarket plates are basically flat sheets of steel. Any half competent engineer will tell you thatís not very strong. Structures like that are stronger with bends. Which is probably why the stock transfer case skid has them. Adjustments.JPG


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    Quote Originally Posted by danford.lau View Post
    Mine was rattling like crazy .. kept trying to bend it back or shim it . Went on the rubicon and bashed it a few times .. think itís solidly smashed up against the exhaust now . No more rattle


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    That's where mine is. If it is hard against the pipe, no rattles.

    Once I change out the crossmember, I'm sure it will rattle again.

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    Rock Hard Skids - Poor Design!

    Nothing against RH4x4. They are selling a product people will buy. But IMO this is why aftermarket belly pan skid plates are a waste of money. The factory transfer case skid plate is sufficient. These skid plates have no support, and are essentially a plate plate of metal with no reinforcement tubes or bars to help them keep their shape. I can see putting an engine and auto transmission skid plate in, but the rest donít hold their shape, trap in heat and trail debris, and can mask oil leaks and other unseen wear and tear.

    With that being said, at least it did itís job and protected the xfer case. Wether or not it was worth the money over the free one that came on your Jeep is open for debate though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaner View Post
    Fixed it. 1/4" AR-450 should do the trick.
    I bet thatíll work well, bro. Sometimes, at work, I build these mine shaft openings out of AR-500. They last for years of getting pummeled with 5000 pound granite boulders.

    Once a year, I pull off my full belly pan setup and put it on the press at work to reshape. Then I blast and zinc prime everything. This year I thought about welding stiffeners on the inside of one of my skids. You might consider that in the future.

    I built this little diff slider a couple months ago and immediately bent the pinion guard. Took it off and welded a 1/2Ē plate flat on the inside and smashed it again. No bend. Once again, doubling up the plates is a good idea.

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    PS, I could give a fuck about skid plates making my Jeep heavy


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    So you're mad because the skid plate did its job?

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