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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

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Sorry I haven't gotten to the fuel tank plate yet, been sitting in my garage for awhile now. I guess the good thing about traveling so much for work is it keeps miles off my jeep picked up in Sep 2010 and doing the 4000 mile oil change tomorrow! (I did one at 1000, this one will be at 4000 and then will keep interval of 4000 - use mobil 1 syn).
If you beat me to it, let me know how that install goes!
Wow, 4000 in 6 months, I'll pass ya in mileage most likely within the year! Agree on the Mob 1 Syn, used it in last few cars... GM 3.8L V6 has over 185K without issues. When the WK2 finally arrives will be a exciting day... my garage looks like a parts house with all the components pending! Planning to powder coat the skids in silver color to add a little accent to undercarriage.

Did you notice if Fuel Tank Skids came with any documentation & mount hardware? If you have doc, anyway to share? Mine came in broken box and I wasn't sure if missing any components.
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:30 AM
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

Whateverworks, great writeup. Thanks for the weights. . . my salesman just tried to warn me that the full set of skids could weigh more than 300 pounds, and would affect milage! If your #s are close, then the full set is adding considerably less than 100 pounds?
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

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Whateverworks, great writeup. Thanks for the weights. . . my salesman just tried to warn me that the full set of skids could weigh more than 300 pounds, and would affect milage! If your #s are close, then the full set is adding considerably less than 100 pounds?
Altogether they are a little under 100lbs.
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

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If someone with factory skidplates could take a look and tell me if either of the two pieces in pic 9 show up on either side of your transfer case plate I would appreciate it.
I did confirm by looking at a new Jeep with the skid plates at the dealership that these two pieces are not on from the factory. If you think about it the function of these two pieces is replaced by the skid plate.
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

I just finished installing the front axle skid plate. Like whatevrworks indicated, the bolts are already attached to the chassis. Install was quite easy. I also used LockTite on the bolts, so that skid plate isn't going anywhere.
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

Nice writeup!
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

As I am interested in putting these on once my Overland shows up, I have to thank you for a great write up.
I do have a quick question: are the bolt holes already in place on the chassis or attachment points? Did you use Loktite?

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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

Not only are the holes there, but the bolts are already there too (at least on the Hemi). If I remember correctly I used no hardware that came with the plates (for the front two). I used existing bolts already in the frame.

I did not use Loktite. I live in the salt belt so oxidation and corrosion will keep these bolts from coming out (even when I want to remove them).
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

For the front skid plate, the 4 bolts were already in place on my V6 Laredo. The front 2 bolts hold part of the plastic belly pan, while the 2 rear bolts hold part of the plastic transmission skid plate.

I used red LokTite so that skid plate ain't going nowhere!
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

Great write up. It was a huge help.

At first I just bolted the skid plate on top of the two "support braces", but after reading everyone's comments, I removed them. From the looks of the image on the Jeep website, at least the smaller "support brace" should remain and is bolted between the skid plate and the frame. Maybe I'm looking at it wrong.



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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

My front axle, transfer case, and fuel tank skid plates just came in and I plan on installing them this week. Are there any installation suggestions for the fuel tank skid plates?

Also, is there a consensus on whether both of those "extra" parts referred to in the first post should be removed?

And finally, should loktite be used. (my feeling is that it could make things pretty difficult if maintenance is required down the road)

Thanks for the help!
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

+1 on writeup. Really helps...
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