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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

I did the front axle and transfer case skid plates this past weekend. I also removed the two short braces and did look for a way to somehow use the thin brace as shown on the picture in post #22, but there was no way it could be reinstalled. Seems strange that end of the skid plate isn't really supported.

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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

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I did the front axle and transfer case skid plates this past weekend. I also removed the two short braces and did look for a way to somehow use the thin brace as shown on the picture in post #22, but there was no way it could be reinstalled. Seems strange that end of the skid plate isn't really supported.

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You could sandwich it between the skid plate and the frame with the bolt going through both... that's what I originally did, but I took it out before finding that image online.
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

For those without a jack, some skid plate holes are slotted. If you don't remove the front and side bolts all the way, you can slide the plate between the frame and bolt heads and then easily lever the other end up and attach those bolts. There are three bolts on the side (transfer case plate) loosen the outer two but you will need to remove the center completely.

The hardest part was double checking that all the transfer case plate bolts required were installed, the instruction diagram leaves a lot to be desired.

Those of you that removed the two brackets completely, have you seen any adverse effects? I think they just stabilize the mid drive train mounting bracket and the plate is strong enough to do the job itself, but I dunno.. I was thinking about grinding some material off the small bracket for a better fit. Wonder if chrysler has two part numbers for this bracket.
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Lightbulb Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

Hey Jeepsters,
Just wanted to let you know that if you're interested on purchasing the front skid plate, you can order it for $63 now on Mopar's direct website. I'll be installing both the transfer and front axle skid plate, hope it goes smoothly! Cheers!
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

Just finished installing the first two plates (front axle and transfer case). Call me crazy but I left both support brackets in place. I removed the larger one at first, but then I saw that it fit pretty perfectly on underside of the skid plate. It was only on the edge that it wasn't 100% flush with the body (instead it was sandwiched). I then saw that I could bolt the skid plate over top of the smaller brace. I figure this way the braces remain for whatever structural purpose they had and the skid plate is still super secure to do it's job of protecting the underside. I think I'm going to run with it like that and not have extra parts.

I agree with the OP that the instructions are worthless. Matched up nothing like the actual vehicle. Thanks for the pictures, they helped!
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

I didn't order the factory plates as i really don't anticipate enough off roading to justify the weight gain. Nice to know you can add them later without too much difficulty.
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

Ok I will be ordering a 2012 Overland Summit and plan on ordering all the skids that come with the X3F skid plate group.

If I have this correct I need to add:
Skid Plate Group (Fuel Tank, Transfer Case, Front Suspension, Underbody) This is from WK2jeeps.com

Front axle skid plate Mopar part#82211995 **

Tranfer case skid plate Mopar part#82211994 ** **These all come as kits from the accessory catalog w/install bolts & instructions included**

Fuel tank skids R/L Mopar part# 82211999 **

Is that it? Or do I also need;

The metal "skid" that mounts under the drivers side door and protects the fuel/brake lines found there, Mopar part# 68069365AA?
Is this part# for the metal skid that covers the fuel/brake lines or the plastic shield that covers the fuel/brake lines, under the drivers side door, on WK2's shipped without the skid plate group (sales code XF3)??


How many skids total to match the OEM equipped WK2's with the factory installed skid plate group? Five? Six?

Thanks for any answers.
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

I did the same thing, it never crossed my mind to remove the braces, everything seems fine with them in place.

"Just finished installing the first two plates (front axle and transfer case). Call me crazy but I left both support brackets in place. I removed the larger one at first, but then I saw that it fit pretty perfectly on underside of the skid plate. It was only on the edge that it wasn't 100% flush with the body (instead it was sandwiched). I then saw that I could bolt the skid plate over top of the smaller brace. I figure this way the braces remain for whatever structural purpose they had and the skid plate is still super secure to do it's job of protecting the underside. I think I'm going to run with it like that and not have extra parts."
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

Great post. Thank you very much.
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

I just installed the front axel skid and the transfer case skid. I left both braces in place and installed the transfer case skid on top of them. The plastic piece on the driver side that protects the fuel and brake line can be replaced with the metal skid plate (Mopar part number 68069365AA). The 2011 JGC has a different part number for that piece; however, it was superseded with this one.

I got the information from the parts guy at my local Jeep dealer. He actually showed me a picture of the piece on their (dealer) Mopar catalog. They are giving it to me for $50, and should be here before the new year (nationwide backorder). I will post pics, etc. when it gets here and I install it. Based on the way the transfer case skid went into place, I am assuming that the fuel/brake line skid will overlap and go underneath the transfer case skid.

We will see.... I just hope the included instructions are better than what we got for the transfer case skid.

I plan on getting the fuel tank skids (I know, another thread) but from what I am reading, this fuel/brake line skid will fit perfectly with the fuel tank skids. If anyone has the fuel/brake line skid installed with the fuel skids, please take pics and post!

BTW, I checked out a 70th Anniversary JGC while I was at the dealer today. It had the 18" off road rims, rock rails and skid plate package, but it was totally missing the fuel/brake skid... metal or plastic... it was totally exposed... weird.
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

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I didn't order the factory plates as i really don't anticipate enough off roading to justify the weight gain. Nice to know you can add them later without too much difficulty.
I got one with the ORA I package - wanted QT II and I wasn't picky on whether I got the all weather group or off road. Admittedly I'm not happy about the weight gain, but around here, I'm not going to argue about the plates - I've had a fair amount of debris go under our cars and I can only imagine what's been dented up, especially in our Camry (the current recordholder is a truck tire that hit us on I95. Took the paint on the bumper off straight down to plastic and went under the car. Miracle it didn't tear anything off.).
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Re: Front Axle & Transfer Case Skidplates Install

Are these skids available online or do you have to go to the dealer?
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