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: JK Evap Skid - New From Benchmark Designs!


Benchmark Designs Inc.
10-31-2008, 11:21 AM
Benchmark Designs has developed what we believe to be the best option for protecting the highly vulnerable gas tank evaporation canister on the JK Wrangler.

We believe from the big picture perspective, a skid plate is a better option than relocating. Relocating has 3 drawbacks: potentially voids parts of the warranty, has been known to set check engine lights, and is a much more involved installation.

With those issues in mind, we set out to develop the best possible skid plate option on the market.


High-strength 3/16” steel construction.
All one-piece welded construction.
No fasteners to loosen or protrude through the base.
Fully gusseted.
Durable black powdercoat finish.
Simple and quick installation with basic hand tools. Easily less than 5 minutes.
Fits JK 2007+ 2 & 4 door.


This is in production now and will be available in early December.

Pricing for this product is set at $119 making it very competitively priced with other products on the market while offering a superior product.

Check out the website for more details: http://www.benchmark-designs.com

mcnaught6
10-31-2008, 11:55 AM
i like your design better than the one i already have.

i'd still like to see one with a front edge that extends up (and still at an angle) a few inches farther than even your design does - to keep it from packing mud and snow, etc. into it.

RODICON
11-02-2008, 06:35 PM
Nice unit benchmark.

a-squared
11-13-2008, 12:21 PM
Nice unit benchmark.

He said UNIT....:laughing2:

Dustoff '68
11-13-2008, 12:28 PM
Nice...looks like the Skidrow model

Benchmark Designs Inc.
11-13-2008, 01:16 PM
Nice...looks like the Skidrow model

Thanks!

No opinion, just the facts:

Theirs bolts together, ours is all welded construction.
Their bolts stick through the bottom of the plate, ours is smooth.
Our front lip "ramp" is longer.
Their claim less than a 1 hour installation, ours is easily less than 10 minutes.
Ours is priced slightly less.... :D

aldaman
11-14-2008, 02:45 AM
Benchmark Designs has developed what we believe to be the best option for protecting the highly vulnerable gas tank evaporation canister on the JK Wrangler.

We believe from the big picture perspective, a skid plate is a better option than relocating........................................ ..................................

Really good points you brought up and the design looks bulletproof :mr-t:....Will that skid be compatible with JKs that relocated their mufflers next to the evap? If so I will be very interested...Please advise, thank you...

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc243/al_12572/IMG_4134.jpg

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc243/al_12572/IMG_4138.jpg

Benchmark Designs Inc.
11-14-2008, 07:30 AM
From your pictures, it looks like it would fit fine. :)

dsy
11-15-2008, 01:53 PM
i like your design better than the one i already have.

i'd still like to see one with a front edge that extends up (and still at an angle) a few inches farther than even your design does - to keep it from packing mud and snow, etc. into it.

Like this?

http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/4297/evapsidemy2.jpg

chromedome
11-15-2008, 02:01 PM
[QUOTE=dsy;54899]Like this?

Who makes that one?

dsy
11-15-2008, 02:16 PM
[QUOTE=dsy;54899]Like this?

Who makes that one?

I made it a couple years ago when I got my jeep and there were not any other options out yet. Its taken a few hits and held up fine.

aldaman
11-15-2008, 07:38 PM
From your pictures, it looks like it would fit fine. :)

Great....Thank you...:)

AdamIsAdam
11-21-2008, 06:11 PM
Cool! Is this a very vulnerable item? Looks like.

StubEXrube
11-21-2008, 06:18 PM
Not only is it vulnerable in terms of the construction (plastic- held on with three screws), but if you do creek beds, rock crawling, etc...then it is in a pretty vulnerable (low) location. That's why people are relocating them or putting skid plates over them. That Benchmark skid looks like it will take some hits also.

Woods
11-22-2008, 06:32 AM
Cool! Is this a very vulnerable item? Looks like.

FYI,
The other part that the factory was kind enough to put in harms way, is the steering stabilizer. It can be relocated also.

AdamIsAdam
11-22-2008, 06:38 AM
do tell! As I mentioned before, I get my new JK Rubi Unlimi next week and need to know all the REQUIRED initial mods!

Benchmark Designs Inc.
11-22-2008, 07:27 AM
do tell! As I mentioned before, I get my new JK Rubi Unlimi next week and need to know all the REQUIRED initial mods!

Woods has a slick fix for this:
http://www.jeepswag.com/#Jeep_JK_Steering_Stabilizer_Relocation_Kit

beagsjeep
11-23-2008, 03:48 PM
4WD HARDWARE HAS SKIDROW OFFROAD EVAP CANISTER GUARD FOR $109.99 AND 10% OFF OFFER TOO.THAT MAKES IT $98.99...YOU CAN BEAT THAT ..AND NO WAITING..:thefinger:

AdamIsAdam
11-23-2008, 04:54 PM
Is it better to put the skid plate over it or relocate it?

bfj aka tambil
11-23-2008, 04:56 PM
I have heard a lot of complaints about skid row products. Not being well designed for its intended use. Anyone here have experience with them?
Personally I have woods relocation kit, but never installed it as I was concerned with the tubing, and MY future mods that might not fit into this plan. So still working things out there. All good options for sure though.

StubEXrube
11-23-2008, 05:08 PM
IMO- Skid Row is stronger on their engine/ transmission skids then the Rockhard ones. What I like about the Benchmark evap skid is the bracing/ reinforcements they've done.

The perfect "hit" or "snag" especially at a descent speed is really gonna put any evap skid to the test. I would like to see all the evap canister skid manufacturers do a head to head (real-life) test on them to see where they alll shake out- (if I was going to skid mine).

I don't think there are very many companies making them...Maybe three? Still would be nice to see each one put to the test.

beagsjeep
11-23-2008, 05:22 PM
I SEE WHAT YOU ARE SAYING..BUT I AM LOOKING TO GET ONE TOMORROW.NEED FOR THIS WEEKEND COME CLOUSE TO MANY TIMES OF F-ING THE EVAP CANISTER...BENCHMARK DESIGNS INC LOOKS GREAT AND STRONGER.BUT NOT RELEASED YET..AND MORE $$$$$$$$$$..BUT I WILL GET THERE DUEL BATTERY BOX KIT THATS LOOKS KICKASS AND WELL MADE TOO.:wink_animate:

StubEXrube
11-23-2008, 05:27 PM
Rockhard skidplate...

beagsjeep
11-23-2008, 05:33 PM
HOLY SH-T... :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:...YOUR HARDCORE:skull:

AdamIsAdam
11-23-2008, 05:57 PM
that's nothing. You should see the underside of my KJ! I bent my first set of Rock Rails, then destroyed the first Super Skid tranny skid, went through TWO OEM engine skids and one Super Skid engine skid. The OEM t-case skid was bent up, but worked. And the OEM tank skid went the way of the dodo in favore of a kilby tank skid, which held up the best!
I'm hoping the underside of the JK doesn't see as much action as the KJ did!

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/325889/13

http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/1304/2781/3258890194_large.jpg

Dustoff '68
11-23-2008, 06:04 PM
I SEE WHAT YOU ARE SAYING..BUT I AM LOOKING TO GET ONE TOMORROW.NEED FOR THIS WEEKEND COME CLOUSE TO MANY TIMES OF F-ING THE EVAP CANISTER...BENCHMARK DESIGNS INC LOOKS GREAT AND STRONGER.BUT NOT RELEASED YET..AND MORE $$$$$$$$$$..BUT I WILL GET THERE DUEL BATTERY BOX KIT THATS LOOKS KICKASS AND WELL MADE TOO.:wink_animate:
Skidrow is in Shermansdale, PA...you may do well to visit them, and look at their products...one of our members, nam6869usmc has Skidrowed his JK...personally, they are very functional products, and unless you plan on doing $2-$3K worth of damage each time you offroad, in which case everone's skid will probably fail, I suggest giving them a look see.

beagsjeep
11-23-2008, 07:19 PM
I HERE THAT 2009 JK SUNBURST ORANGE...GOOD LUCK WITH THAT...COOL: beer: :eyemouth: :eyemouth: :eyemouth: :eyemouth: :eyemouth:

beagsjeep
11-23-2008, 07:25 PM
DUSTOFF 68,, THANK FOR THE INFO..I'AM SURE THAT THERE PRODUCT IS FINE AND STRONG..I LIKE THE MUD AND WATER MORE THEN THE ROCKS ANYWAY..

StubEXrube
11-23-2008, 07:45 PM
BTW beags- That Rockhard skid isn't mine- but yea...it's been totally abused.:skull:

justajeep
11-28-2008, 11:40 PM
Rockhard skidplate...

wish I could say I was tough... Dont get me wrong, everyone needs a little more protection, but if I had a skidplate that worked that well I would be JACKED...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/justajeep/jk%20build/025.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/justajeep/jk%20build/024.jpg
I built my own,
and thank you Benchmark for a great product, but Im going to build my own (using your blueprint- great product), and blame me for it failing.

justajeep
11-28-2008, 11:52 PM
Sorry for sounding like an A$$, I am but ya'll dont know me well enough to tell me ( so I say it myself)... But If I paid the money for that and it was that beat up I wouldnt be bragging on how much it looked beat up, I'd be biatching on "how could I spend that much money and it still looked like I was using stock sheet metal.

When Im out and someone says I hit, I ask if its the skidplate, if they say yes then I know Im good. That is what a skidplate is for, not to bend and look like its a ramp to the cross member.

Again sorry to highjack, Benchmark looks like they did a very good job and would be on the to do list if I didnt build things myself...

StubEXrube
11-29-2008, 09:00 AM
ummm...I wasn't "bragging" about the Rockhard skid. I was trying to emphasize that imo (for hard use) they weren't worth the money. Trying to get people to consider other companies like Skidrow, etc...before throwing money away. I agree- They shouldn't look like the one in the pic I posted.

justajeep
11-29-2008, 01:05 PM
OOPs... took it the wrong way... Just add a little bourbon and see what happens...

I do agree, back to topic

Benchmark Designs Inc.
11-29-2008, 01:51 PM
Designing parts for the offroad industry is always a balance. There will always be someone out there that can bend 1/2" plate. Our goal is to design parts that are not overkill heavy but instead use better manufacturing techniques to strengthen parts. Strength comes from shape more than thickness.

aldaman
01-25-2009, 10:41 PM
Designing parts for the offroad industry is always a balance...........................Our goal is to design parts that are not overkill heavy but instead use better manufacturing techniques to strengthen parts. Strength comes from shape more than thickness.

Any updates on the ETA of the evap skid...Still very interested...Thanks...

:beer:

Benchmark Designs Inc.
01-26-2009, 09:50 AM
In stock and shipping!

RoCk-NeSs MoNsTeR
01-26-2009, 10:12 AM
Rockhard skidplate...

Lol... That looks like mine. Can't count how many times I've drug the plate across the rocks! I think my JK thinks I hate it.

terrahawk
01-26-2009, 12:34 PM
ummm...I wasn't "bragging" about the Rockhard skid. I was trying to emphasize that imo (for hard use) they weren't worth the money. Trying to get people to consider other companies like Skidrow, etc...before throwing money away. I agree- They shouldn't look like the one in the pic I posted.

If that was a skid row plate, it would have been completely destroyed by now.

btw, unless you want to build a skid like armor on a Tiger tank (knowing you would be beyotching about the weight then) it's going get some noticed abuse, esopecially if you beat the piss out of it.

StubEXrube
01-26-2009, 12:57 PM
If that was a skid row plate, it would have been completely destroyed by now.

btw, unless you want to build a skid like armor on a Tiger tank (knowing you would be beyotching about the weight then) it's going get some noticed abuse, esopecially if you beat the piss out of it.

That Rockhard skid in the pic is almost completely destroyed as well, but they are both 3/16" so I guess w/ repeated abuse, they would both be pretty beat up.

terrahawk
01-26-2009, 12:59 PM
That Rockhard skid in the pic is almost completely destroyed as well, but they are both 3/16" so I guess w/ repeated abuse, they would both be pretty beat up.


btw, I wasn't trying to flame you or anything bud. Just making an observation.:beer: :smokin:

StubEXrube
01-26-2009, 01:08 PM
btw, I wasn't trying to flame you or anything bud. Just making an observation.:beer: :smokin:

Total respect to you. I had always thought that the Skidrow was a little thicker, but nope...they are both 3/16". At this point I am going to assume that either one will get beat to chit (like you said).

Look fwd to wheeling w/ some of you guys from H-town this year.

:beer:

terrahawk
01-26-2009, 01:11 PM
Look forward to seeing you at Trees, maybe at Katemcy on the 7th i can swing the time off.

Back to topic, on either of those skids, you can weld some ribs to reinforce them w/o adding too much weight. Still not indestructable, but they will hold up a bit better.

aldaman
02-06-2009, 02:19 AM
My hats off to John @ Benchmark designs...He was quick to reply to my emails when I had questions and prompt
shipping....Just installed the evap skid from BenchMark...Great workmanship and it was a breeze to install....Thanks...:beer:

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc243/al_12572/IMG_4994.jpg

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http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc243/al_12572/IMG_4995.jpg

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