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Need Skid Advice

I have 2 door JK with nothing but factory skids. I'm starting to wheel in more rocks so I think it's time to start looking at some more protection. I'm looking at the Rock Hard 4x4 skids. I was thinking about the oil pan/transmission skid, the transfer case skid and a evap skid. I'm going to hold off on the gas tank skid for now. What other skids should I think about? What other brands should I Consider?

I'm in no hurry to buy because I'll probably wait till Jeep Beach to see what kind of deals I can find.

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Nobody runs skids?

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Keep the weight down and just run an evap skid. The stockers are pretty adequate and have never kept me from getting home.

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I run the evo proteck kit and a home made evaporated skid. Factory everything else
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I like Rock Hard's skid system and I think you'll be very pleased with it if you decide to go this route.

I would recommend covering up the stock gas tank skid before you get too much damage on it. It takes up a lot of real estate under there and is usually the first thing you smack real good offroad.

Everyone's skids are designed to bolt on OVER the stock gas tank skid except for Synergy's. If it is all smashed up you're going to have a harder time bolding it on there than if you do it before you crush it.

I never put skids on my previous Jeeps, but I smashed up the belly on the JKU and regret not putting a tank skid on it along with the EVO skids when I first got it.

The stock skids are fine, but I'd much rather see a Jeep for sale with scarred up aftermarket skids than smashed up factory skids and gas tanks...

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The stock skids are fine, but I'd much rather see a Jeep for sale with scarred up aftermarket skids than smashed up factory skids and gas tanks...

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I'm running the full TNT Customs aluminum skid system with a Poison Spyder Evap Skid. I love the aluminum skids, they've already taken a beating but still looking good. I recently did a trans filter service and had no issues with the engine/trans skid not wanting to come off after all the hits.

I will say, on my 4 dr at least all my scaring to the skids is from the t*case crossmember and back. Maybe one or two little scratches on the engine/trans skid. Get that fuel tank covered up fast.

Now I just need to find a way to protect my body mounts and factory control arm mounts. They're getting the hell beat out of them.

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rockhard skids here, I like them a lot !

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Evo ProTek skid plate system here. I dented my oil pan before I got them rock crawling. Glad I did. Protects the exhaust cross pipe and the automatic transmission cooling line that's exposed under there too.
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I run the Evo Protek stuff as well. Their stuff is very strong but what sold me on the oil pan skid is that the way it's formed, it makes it easy to do oil changes.
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Its a different way of doing it but the TNT setup doesn't have to be removed to change the engine oil either. Only the automatic transmission fluid/filter service requires removal of the engine/trans skid.

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