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post #1 of 10 Old 09-10-2010, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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River Raider complete skid goes in this weekend

I read and have a copy of Gil's write up for the River Raider complete skid kit for the unlimited. I received it last week and it's been primered and ready for some paint and then the install.

The skids look super solid, can't wait to get them in. If anyone has any tips on how to make the install go smooth, please pass them this way, otherwise I will review the write up from Gil.

Pics to follow next week......

If anyone wants any pics before I install, send me a note and I will take and post some pre-install pics.
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Looking forward to seeing the pics! River Raider skids are on my wish list!

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Don't have any experience with the RR item, but when I installed mine, a floor jack was required to push the gas tank skid on since it was a *really* tight fit.
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Yup, the RROR stuff is legit! Now that I have them, I wouldn't run without them!

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I'll tell you right now, you're going to need two people, a lift and a tall screw jack is highly recommended. There were points during the install where I was leveraging the transfer case skid in two different directions to get things lined-up. And getting some of the hardware in place can be challenging.

Also, I suggest you go ahead and change your trans fluid and filter first, because you're not going to want to be taking them off anytime soon. Might as well do the transfer case while you're at it, although you can get to the drain and fill plugs after the skid is on.

When it's all done you'll love the kit. Getting there is just a bit challenging.

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I'll tell you right now, you're going to need two people, a lift and a tall screw jack is highly recommended. There were points during the install where I was leveraging the transfer case skid in two different directions to get things lined-up. And getting some of the hardware in place can be challenging.

Also, I suggest you go ahead and change your trans fluid and filter first, because you're not going to want to be taking them off anytime soon. Might as well do the transfer case while you're at it, although you can get to the drain and fill plugs after the skid is on.

When it's all done you'll love the kit. Getting there is just a bit challenging.
I disagree, I did it on mine with a floor jack, stands, and no help.

After I had mine nicely painted, I realized the oil pan skid was to narrow so I had to stand in it and use a 3lb sledge to open it up. Test fitting before paint would have been nice.

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wait what? we did the one that goes on the oil pan and then extends back to the cross member on jeepnick's jeep. it was like a 45 minute installation.

no bending or anything..

31 jeeps in... still have issues
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The entire RR underbody is a beautiful/functional classy piece of art and want it ....but with my 2 steel bumpers, winch, dual batteries, bigger tires etc I can't imagine having all that weight without a Hemi !! Maybe if I just lost some weight myself it could help some
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we did this one on nick's jeep

http://riverraider.biz/index.php?mai...8gqnpovnt2mk12

and really, it wasn't very heavy. i was able to one hand it up no problem. super easy install, really slick, etc

31 jeeps in... still have issues
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Thanks for the tips. I was only able to get the skids primered and painted this weekend. I will try to install by this weekend. I'll take some pics of them before and after the install.

My buddy is going to help me so the extra hands should help. That gas tank skid is a monster, but I won't have to hear the dealer bi*** about the dent on my gas tank skid anymore 8-)

Well I'll keep my fingers crossed that I don't have to do too much rework to get them in. I just did all the tranny service so I should be good for a lil while there.
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