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Front skid plate...

Howdy!!! Does that wannabe front skid plate serve any purpose beside cosmetic? Also, any suggestions on real a replacement plate and why would be most appreciated. Thanks!!!
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-16-2010, 01:02 PM
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Nope, possibly a tiny bit of aerodynamic wanna be help
tear it off and replace it with something useful

I like the rugged ridge piece - installed it on a couple of Jeeps so far
inexpensive, easy to install and I've beat the hell out of mine

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I was told by my jerkoff salesman that it was for fuel effeincy but the service guy said it was to help keep mud/water out of the engine bay. I tend to believe the latter because after mine ripped off the engine bay got filthy. I just keep the dipstick tubes and fluid tubes wiped off.

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There are some bumper manufacturers that include a nice skid-plate with some of their bumpers. Shockworks and Poison Spyder both do.....and they are actual skid-plates- well built & stout.

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I have the RR one on my Rubi, last time I checked it was protecting the e-disco. It did take a few hard hits last time out, I'm happy I put it on.

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Took mine off and replaced it with nothing for the low price of $0. That metal bar behind it scraped the ground a little bit once, but with no e-disco there to damage, I'm not worried about it.

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All good and accurate input.
Yes, the plastic thing increases aerodynamics and helps the Jeep go faster.
Yes, the plastic thing keeps mud and dirt away from the engine compartment, as well as reduce hood flutter.
Yes, if you have a Rubicon, you NEED some extra protection for your sway bar motor--that flimsy crossmember directly in front of it will take one good hit and promptly squash the wiring harness ($2200+)

We either custom fab a "smart bar" to reinforce the cross member in front of the sway bar, or add an aluminum Asfir 4x4 front skid from AOTech http://aotechusa.com/AOT/AOTech.html --the Asfir skid is light, extremely strong, and does the job of the plastic thing too. But, they are a bit challenging to install the first time, even if you are mechanically savvy--but the owner/staff is very nice and is happy to give you tips over the phone if you have any trouble.

A new problem we have recently discovered is that the Jeeps (X's and Sports) that we did NOT add a smart bar, a front skid, or a rock bumper are cracking their frames at the front upper crossmember behind the sway bar mounts. Food for thought!

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I also went with the Rugged Ridge and am happy with it!

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A new problem we have recently discovered is that the Jeeps (X's and Sports) that we did NOT add a smart bar, a front skid, or a rock bumper are cracking their frames at the front upper crossmember behind the sway bar mounts. Food for thought!

Happy trails,
Do you mean this is happening after some sort of impact, or is it just happening all on it's own?

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If you run lots of hard trail miles in your Jeep, the stock front bumper is not rigid enough to help hold the frame rails together, whereas a smart bar and/or heavier duty aftermarket bumper will add some rigidity to the front end. We started seeing cracks in the metal of the factory front bumper, and, upon investigating further, found the broken front crossmember on the driver's side.

The easiest way to check it is from the side of the vehicle--look in front of the tire, there is a hole/tube in the frame just above the sway bar arm. Look into that tube about 3 inches--the frames always crack on the driver's side first.

If you still have the plastic front bumper cover on, you might not even notice this, except for a popping noise coming from the front end, followed by some unusual wear and tear on all of your steering linkage.

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i have 3 sitting here. rip it off. just don't cut your fenders

31 jeeps in... still have issues
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post #12 of 18 Old 11-17-2010, 12:06 PM
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OR-Fab makes a very simple skid plate that bolts to the factory bumper and many aftermarket bumpers, including of course the OR Fab bumpers.

Made out of 3/16", it protects the disconnect motor alot better than a piece of plastic.



Retail price is $60.

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I just got my new Elevated offroad front skid to replace the POS factory plastic one

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post #14 of 18 Old 11-21-2010, 10:09 AM
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AEV also makes one, not sure if it can only be used with their bumpers though.
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post #15 of 18 Old 11-22-2010, 04:30 AM
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Currie has a plate that has nubs for its tow bar hookup. Works great.

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Ran my 2008 Rubi off-road twice, and bent the snot out of that front crossmember. ALMOST damaged the e-disco, but got real lucky. Didn't even know the crossmember was damaged until I pulled off the air dam in order to install the Rugged Ridge skid plate. Judging by the way that crossmember is designed, it looks as if it's DESIGNED to bend back. Why on earth would someone design it to bend back if it's gotta protect stuff under there?!?

Anyway, with a $450 donation to the local body shop, I'm back in business . . . looking forward to getting some REAL use out of the skid plate and not worrying about my e-disco.
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post #17 of 18 Old 04-19-2011, 08:56 PM
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Check the home made skid plates post. I built one for $10 and it works great...

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Back from the dead huh?

You could always protect your e-disco with some lights from DELTA

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