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If you've got a Rubicon and want to gain some clearance under the front bumper and give your swaybar disconnect housing more protection, you need one of these Rubi Skids from Expedition One. Heck, if nothing else it gives you a good excuse to cut off that stupid bash bar that hangs down under the front bumper. The skid plate itself is pretty simple, and comes with all the necessary installation hardware of course. It's available powder coated (what I got) or bare metal. Installation should take an hour, maybe less.



First things first, off with the bash bar!!





Next, remove the bottom rear bolt from the SmartBar housing as seen already removed in this photo:



Next, remove the locating bolt that goes through the rubber isolator mount.



With that bolt out, the Smartbar housing should be free to rotate around. You may need to loosen the swaybar mounts on the frame to get the housing to rotate all the way up. Flip it up and mark the plastic shield under the radiator where the housing plug hits it -- you'll need to clearance the plastic shield here. I used a regular box cutter utility knife; since the radiator is right there you'll want to be careful what you use to cut it with.





The hardware kit should include a long bolt with a jam nut threaded on. Take this bolt and use it to remount the swaybar housing to the rubber isolator, threading the bolt into the empty hole from earlier. You can see it in the top right of this photo:



You'll probably also need to relocate the wiring harness tab to a different housing bolt (something I've already done in the photo above).

Inside the bumper looking at the Smartbar housing in its new position:




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Then just install the Rubi Skid using the rest of the supplied hardware. The 4 long bolts and spacers will replace the factory bolts holding the swaybar mounts to the frame. What I did was remove the front bolts first, then put the skid into place with one set of long bolts and spacers, then removed the rear swaybar mount bolts and put in the rear long bolts and spacers.



The short bolts, washers, and lock nuts are using to secure the front of the skid plate to where the bash bar was attached to the frame. Expedition One thoughtfully put a nice clearance hole in the skid plate to allow easy access to the back of those bolts.



Tighten everything up and you're ready to go!



Overall clearance gains are about 2" where the bash bar used to be, and about 3/4" under the swaybar disconnect housing.

Before:


After:


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very nice! how much?

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I've had one on my Jeep for almost 3 years and love it! It's a tough skid plate and besides being functional, looks awesome. Really cleans up the front of the Jeep. The e-disco motor should come rotated and tucked away from factory - not sure what the Jeep designers were thinking there.

The skid plate works well with almost every bumper too. Looks great too!






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very nice! how much?
$189 w/powder coat; $159 bare metal.

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