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Tow hook and Skid Plate Install

I just installed skid plates (fuel tank, transfer case, and front axle) on my Overland. The install was very basic and all hardware (except for a couple of nuts) was already on the jeep. None of the bolts included in the kit were needed.

In order to install the drivers side fuel tank skid plate, a plastic cover that was covering the brake lines needed to be removed and then modified slightly in order to be reinstalled. I used a hoist and transmission support to do the installation. I would not recommend attempting this without these two necessities.

I just ordered front tow hooks as well and would appreciate any installation tips!
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Re: Tow hook and Skid Plate Install

this should help
http://site.justforjeeps.com/guide/82212095.pdf
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:46 PM
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Re: Tow hook and Skid Plate Install

I have a thread on here with pics of the tow hook install.

The only tricky part about it is a few round nuts that you can't really torque effectively (but they aren't what holds the actual weight).
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Re: Tow hook and Skid Plate Install

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I just installed skid plates (fuel tank, transfer case, and front axle) on my Overland. The install was very basic and all hardware (except for a couple of nuts) was already on the jeep. None of the bolts included in the kit were needed.

In order to install the drivers side fuel tank skid plate, a plastic cover that was covering the brake lines needed to be removed and then modified slightly in order to be reinstalled. I used a hoist and transmission support to do the installation. I would not recommend attempting this without these two necessities.

I just ordered front tow hooks as well and would appreciate any installation tips!

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Re: Tow hook and Skid Plate Install

So apparantly tow hooks are on national back order for the next three weeks which is really lame.
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Re: Tow hook and Skid Plate Install

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I just installed skid plates (fuel tank, transfer case, and front axle) on my Overland. The install was very basic and all hardware (except for a couple of nuts) was already on the jeep. None of the bolts included in the kit were needed.

In order to install the drivers side fuel tank skid plate, a plastic cover that was covering the brake lines needed to be removed and then modified slightly in order to be reinstalled. I used a hoist and transmission support to do the installation. I would not recommend attempting this without these two necessities.

I just ordered front tow hooks as well and would appreciate any installation tips!
Question on Fuel Skid Plates.
Did the undercarriage aluminum sound/heat barrier that wraps around the tanks cause any issue?
I haven't removed the tank straps yet to test fit install... since I'm doing on floor and waiting for fuel to empty before handling the weight.

Installed ft & transfer case skids and the Tow Hooks.
All slick & without issue. Tow Hook's minor challenge is the upper spacer bracket mount with drop through barrel nuts that you have to finger hold to get them to grip. This is behind the bumper skin, providing minimal finger space... at least for my paws.
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Re: Tow hook and Skid Plate Install

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In order to install the drivers side fuel tank skid plate, a plastic cover that was covering the brake lines needed to be removed and then modified slightly in order to be reinstalled. I used a hoist and transmission support to do the installation. I would not recommend attempting this without these two necessities.
Just to be clear, you needed the support to hold up the fuel tank? How did the install go for the other skid plates? Anything special to look out for?
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Just to be clear, you needed the support to hold up the fuel tank? How did the install go for the other skid plates? Anything special to look out for?
IMO, Don't need to support the tanks if not full.
With less than 1/2 full tank, I could remove the straps and slide the tank skids under tanks. Tanks would drop down less than 2" inches.
Allowed me enough room to lift up skid plate and hold in place with short 2x4 wood brace.

I have aftermarket exhaust: Corsa. I had to tilt and lean the skids to get the center bolt tangs behind the pipes... preventing a straight up lift & align.

As previously mentioned, trimming of the plastic fuel line shield is required to fit around Left (Drivers) Side Skid.

Other than that... the Tank Skids were no problem to mount.
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Re: Tow hook and Skid Plate Install

^thanx for the photo DCJ. is that a basic rotozip with metal blade? nice work.
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Just to be clear, you needed the support to hold up the fuel tank? How did the install go for the other skid plates? Anything special to look out for?
Yes, I used the support to hold up the fuel tank once the straps were removed. My fuel tank skid plates didn't come with any hardware and I think that I needed to find a couple of washers and nuts to complete the install.
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^thanx for the photo DCJ. is that a basic rotozip with metal blade? nice work.
Moose, yep just a standard off the shelf! It's a Dremel 8000 10.8v battery unit. The bit is a 561 Multipurpose Cutting bit, great for plastics and follow up with their sanding wheel.
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As a quick followup to the dremel conversation Moose if your interested I picked mine up from Amazon. 69.99 for the 10.8v Dremel 8000 or 129.99 for the 12v Dremel 8200! About half off list for either kit. I believe the 12v even comes with 2 batteries...
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