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Re: Skid Plates = Better, Worse, Neutral For Rust?

they saved my insurance company a TON on money when i ran over a grill. they protected everything under there and took several gashes in the process.
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Re: Skid Plates = Better, Worse, Neutral For Rust?

Since I was driving by it, I stopped by a local dealer today to check out their current inventory. I took a peek under under a few of the WK2s and discovered that they all have a plastic shield under there that covers the entire front suspension area, save for an access hole to, I assume, get at the drain plug. It looks exactly like the metal skid plate shown in Mopar catalog (shown below), except that it's plastic. Just thought I'd mention it, 'cause anybody thinking they want to avoid the front skid plate due to possible maintenance issues still have to deal with the plastic one. No idea how it comes on and off.

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Re: Skid Plates = Better, Worse, Neutral For Rust?

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Did you order the Hemi? If so those should come standard with the engine on the overland...
well I do hope so, but when I ordered my Overland with the Hemi I was told by the dealer the skid plates would still not be included. There is all sorts of contradictory information coming from dealers and jeep's specs on their web sites.

Anyone know how resilient the plastic plate would be? Obviously not comparable to the metal plate, but for standard daily driving protection and light off-roading?
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:16 PM
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Re: Skid Plates = Better, Worse, Neutral For Rust?

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well I do hope so, but when I ordered my Overland with the Hemi I was told by the dealer the skid plates would still not be included. There is all sorts of contradictory information coming from dealers and jeep's specs on their web sites.

Anyone know how resilient the plastic plate would be? Obviously not comparable to the metal plate, but for standard daily driving protection and light off-roading?
Any plastic plate under the vehicle is there for aerodynamic benefit and serves little to no value in protection. I'd be interested to know how it impacts the oil change time. On my FX35 I had to remove 12 bolts to get the plastic plate off before I could access the drain plug and filter. Major PITA.
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Re: Skid Plates = Better, Worse, Neutral For Rust?

+1 the plastic front plate is for minor splash protection and maybe some aero/sound insulation. It mounts with 6-8, 10mm bolts rather easily. The hole in the plate does provide access to the oil filter on the Hemi, though you'd have to use something other than the wrap sytle filter wrench to get it on and off, there's only access to the bottom (top) of the filter.

the metal skids look to be reasonably hefty, and there is either three or four separate pieces, so not really a one man job to get them on and off.
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Re: Skid Plates = Better, Worse, Neutral For Rust?

They should put skid plates on all Grand Cherokees. But it seems the majority of them don't have skid plates. That WK2 commercial on TV where they talk about having full skid plates seems a bit misleading, considering that the skid plate package comes with the offroad option package.
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Re: Skid Plates = Better, Worse, Neutral For Rust?

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They should put skid plates on all Grand Cherokees. But it seems the majority of them don't have skid plates. That WK2 commercial on TV where they talk about having full skid plates seems a bit misleading, considering that the skid plate package comes with the offroad option package.
Yeah, marketing is always misleading.

Personally, I'd rather see recovery points f/r as standard across all Jeeps. Not everyone is going rock crawling but anyone can get stuck in deep snow or some mud.

Or when you have a brain fart and you try to avoid a huge mud hole and fall into something else instead.
Fellow Jeeper winch + my Hitch + d ring shackle = easy recovery.
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Re: Skid Plates = Better, Worse, Neutral For Rust?

Ordered mine with the armor, figure it can't hurt.
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I'm in the process of shopping around to add these on. I am definitely going to add the transfer case skid plate and the fuel tank one. I do my own mx and on past jeeps it was a PIA to remove them to do some work and I felt theywere not really needed for the light to moderate offroading I do. But after crawling around under my 2011 the transfer case is much more exposed than on my commander and WJ. The fuel tank is a little interesting too and since the fuel tank will rarely if ever require mx I figure might as well get that plate on there to protect the tank and the exhaust.
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