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post #1 of 15 Old 09-18-2010, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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River Raider complete skid install notes

Well the install went great. I had the basic instructions that come with the skids from River Raider and also had a copy of Gil Fortin's write up (on the JKO home page). Both made the install go pretty smooth.

Every install has it's own little tweaks, so I will share a few points from my install...

Inventoried the hardware - it was dead on. Nice stuff too.

Started front to back with the oil skid, at first we had the tranny lines on the inside of the oil pan skid and saw that wouldn't work. Then we checked Gil's writeup and saw the tranny lines go on the outside.

Had to slightly bend (tweak) the oil pan skid to get it to fit better and so we could get the spacers behind the skid. Then it went right on. Remember to install the tranny line beackets before you put the bolt in on the front driver side!

Next, before you put up the transmission skid, I would install the bolt through the hole that is used in connect the oil pan skid to the tranny skid. Once the tranny skid is up, I couldn't get the bolt in because the oil plan was in the way. So I had to put the bolt in from the rear with the nut facing the skid. I left it this way since the bolt doesn't stick out that far.
It's nice to have the triangle access to the oil plug, but it looks like the skid is going to a little oily when I change oil. There is a 1/8th"-1/16th gap between the oil pan skid and the tranny skid, so that should allow any oil that get up there to drip out.

The transfer case skid went in flawlessly. I'm happy because everthing seems to lining up pretty well.

The instructions say you may have to trim the RR gas tank skid. Instead, we trimmed the stock skid. We trimmed the stock skid right under the passenger rear door (took about an inch off the top, and also on the inside on of gas tank skid (drivers side), we trimmed the stock skid where the second to last bracket goes in.

We trimmed a small section of the RR skid on the passenger side because it rubbing against the lower control arm bracket.
We hit the stock gas skid a few times with a hammer to get the RR skid to install all the way up.

My stock gas tank skid was already a little banged up in the front where the cross member attaches. The dealer would always give me crap about this. One of the bolts was mangled, so I pulled it off with some vice grips. Swapped it with a bolt from the stock skids. I think these are the only two stock bolts that used.
Anyway, that dented up area was my biggest worry pre-install, but turned out not to be an issue. The dent probably helped the fit, maybe not, but it didn't hurt me!

If anyone had done alot of damage to their cross member before an install, the would probably have install problems, and need a new cross member to make all of the pieces fit.

Other than a few expected cuts here and there the kit lined up amazingly well! It was easy talking with the people at River Raider before the install. I had a few questions and they had no problem going over my questions.

Now I'm ready to roll! Thanks Gil and River Raider!
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Nice! Now get some control arms skids under there before you tear those brackets off....

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So impressive... You'll love your RROR skidz, and you'll have 1000% more confidence when you take your daily driver over razor sharp rocks!

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Thanks - They were my B-day gift. I'm psyched about going out on some new runs now. I go quail hunting once in a while by myself, and we wheel alone once in a while, so I like the extra protection. After I lifted it, I had to pull the stock tranny skid, so the oil pan and tranny have been vulnerable and made me nervous in some areas. Both stock skids had some serious hits, so I would always be a lil concerned with my small tires and all.

X-defector, yeh I've been thinking of protecting the control arm skids as well. Do you recommend any specific mfr? I already have a poison spyder skid for the air box. Some control arm skids and diff skids and I will be good in the armor department.

My stock tires are almost worn out, so can't wait to get some bigger tires. Maybe for Christmas.
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Gettin ready to install mine thanks for the tips !!

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Give yourself a day... the gas tank skid is what will take the longest. We were doing other stuff too so not sure exactly how long the skids took... plus I hammered out and painted the stock gas skid as well.

It would be nice to have an extra set of hands as well... that or a couple of jacks to hold things in place while you start the bolts...
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I bought one of these for the oil pan drain. I learned in a hurry that changing the oil with an engine/trans skid in place makes a HUGE mess.

http://www.quickoildrainvalve.com/Pr...ductCode=F106N

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I bought one of these for the oil pan drain. I learned in a hurry that changing the oil with an engine/trans skid in place makes a HUGE mess.

http://www.quickoildrainvalve.com/Pr...ductCode=F106N
Good tip!!!

I have one to swap in when I change my oil next time.

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How did you do the cutting that was needed?

Good tip on the oil drain valve!

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I cut mine with a plasma torch.... that was ONLY because the Poly LA kit was in the way. I just notched the skid so both would work together.









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nice write up. I just installed my River Raider skids over the weekend and used your post as well as the write up on the home page for reference.
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Nice write-up!!! I can't wait to get a set of the RROR skidplates!!!
(I am not going to wheel my JKU until I get a set on it!)
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Reading your write up brought back memories of my install

My oil pan skid/trans pan bolt is backwards too. Install went well though and I have total confidence in the RROR system. Have not needed it yet but I actually look forward to the day I drop down on it and can laugh it off.

I'm in Phx so you should give me a PM next time you are headed out.
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